In a large steamer or soup pot, bring 2 to 3 inches of water, broth or wine to a boil over high heat. Wash fresh clams and place them in the steamer basket or directly in the pot and allow to steam for 10 minutes, or until they open on their own. Discard any clams that do not open! Drain and serve with small bowls of clam broth for rinsing away any sand that may remain in the clams.
Serving Suggestions: The traditional way to serve steamed clams is with individual bowls of melted butter for dipping. Have any unused clam broth after maing these? That can be the start of a rich-flavored clam chowder.