Periwinkle recipe is delicious and so easy to make! It only takes about 20 minutes from start to finish and eating periwinkles is fun! Learn how to cook periwinkles in two easy steps. Serve it as a yummy appetizer on a party or as a snack for the whole family.
Who knew my kids would love this sea snails so much? I ended up posting a whole bunch of stories and videos on my social media about how cute they are.
Its nice to have a special tool handy for picking snail meat out of the shell. I don’t own one (is there one actually?) so we used a simple wooden toothpick. It worked very well for little kids hands and for me.
I have seen a frozen periwinkle meat in Asian markets before and always wondered how it tastes. Does it taste the same as freshly caught and cooked sea snails? Let me know in the comments if you have an answer for it.
Periwinkles. You can find them at your local fish market or simply at any rocky coasts. It is fun to hunt for sea snails with the kids on the coast.
Italian flat parsley. If you don’t have it on hand you can use cilantro.
White wine. Use only that wine that you would drink out of the glass. I like dry white wines like Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc.
Garlic. Essential in this recipe since we are making garlic periwinkles.
Salt and black pepper. Classic seasoning that is added to almost every recipe on my site. Use freshly ground black pepper if possible.
Bay leaves. Adds lots of flavor to the broth where snails are boiled.
How to cook periwinkles
It might look like a big deal but cooking periwinkles is fun and very easy! We will need to start with washing them really well with cold running water.
I scooped all sea snails into the medium size bowl and pour water on them. Scrubbed them with my hands, frequently changing water, about 5 to 6 times, until clear. Now it’s time to make the base of the broth.
Add Italian flat parsley, bay leaves, garlic and other spices. I didn’t peel garlic and left it as is. After all it will give all the aroma and flavor in to the water no matter what.
Fill the pot with water and add splash of wine (optionally). Now put the pot on the burner and bring to a rolling boil. Add periwinkles and set the timer to 7 minutes. Keep it on the rolling boil.
Drain immediately after 7 minutes and let cooked periwinkles to cool off. Now to the fun part! If you have a special tool then use it of course . I don’t own one so I simply used a toothpick to pick those snails out of their shell.
It was a success and surprisingly my kids were very interested in the process and they also love the taste of those sea snails. Do not forget to add a good squeeze of lemon, all kinds of seafood is better with lemon.
Periwinkles were juicy, very tender, mildly flavored with garlic, wine and spices and just delicious. What a treat to every seafood lover.
Frequently asked questions
Periwinkle is a marine gastropod mollusc and is in fact a sea snail.
Sea snails packed with protein and potassium. They also contain tannins and an excellent source of Iron, Vitamin E and Magnesium.
Please always cook your snails or sea snails before eating.
Once they are cooked they are absolutely safe to eat. They are time-consuming to eat and to pull out of the shell but very delicious.
Since periwinkles are usually eaten as an appetizer its not much you can add to it. Just get a nice juicy lemon and squeeze some right on top of each periwinkle right in the serving plate.
I do not recommend storing cooked periwinkles in the fridge for more than 2 days. They are best when eaten freshly cooked right out of the pot.
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Hope you will like this easy periwinkles recipe as much as we do. Please rate the recipe if you made it and lave a comment below if you have any questions or suggestions.
- 1 lb periwinkles (or more)
- bunch of flat parsley
- ¼ cup wine
- 5 garlic cloves, unpeeled
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 bay leaves
- black pepper
- Rinse sea snails with cold water, 5-6 times until the water runs clear. Rub it between your hands.
- Add all other ingredients in the small pot, add water, about 5-6 cups and bring to boil.
- Once boiled carefully add periwinkles to the pot and cook for 7 minutes on rolling boil.
- Drain the broth and enjoy delicious sea snails with a squeeze of lemon.
- Use a toothpick to peak the periwinkle meat.
- Store leftovers in the fridge for up to 4 days.
- Do not consume raw sea snail, make sure to cook them all the way.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 40Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1060mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 1g