Thought it would be nice to make pasta with clams tonight for dinner - it's all in the garbage now. Had fresh clams that I soaked in ice water before using so that they spit out any sand trapped in them. Sauteed a bit of garlic and a diced shallot in olive oil, added the clams, coated them and threw in some white wine before covering to steam just until opened. Threw in some parsley + hot pepper flakes at the end with a bit of butter.
They were awful. The sauce was ridiculously salty (as were the clams) and had an unpalatable bitter edge to it. There was nothing wrong with the wine (I'm drinking it now).
I've made clams using roughly the same recipe before a long time ago and they were good.
Any idea what I did wrong?
I have no idea what to change...