Fresh Sea Snails with Garlic Butter |

This recipe is simple and delicious. It’s a great starter to any meal or even just for snacking.

Fresh sea snails with garlic butter are a delicious and easy appetizer. You can buy them at your local grocery store or order them online from a seller on eBay.


Sea snails, sometimes known as periwinkles, are much more delicious than garden snails, despite their small size, which makes cleaning and eating them a chore. (If you prefer, you may purchase garden snails in a can.) Serve the completed snails over a bed of greens drizzled with Vinaigrette, or use chopped ginger or shallots for the garlic or cool. If you’re using canned snails (escargots), just reheat them in the garlic butter and serve. Baguette slices are a common complement for dipping in the juices.

  • 2 pound of live snails (periwinkles)
  • 1 pound of cornmeal
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar or white or red wine vinegar
  • 1 stick butter, 8 tablespoons
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • salt and black pepper, freshly ground
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley leaves, coarsely chopped
    • Cover the snails with water and add the cornmeal; soak for at least 30 minutes (1 hour is preferable), stirring periodically. Pour out the water once or twice during this time and replenish (leave as much cornmeal in the bowl as possible), mixing with your hands and washing as you go.
    • Snails should be drained and placed in a medium pot. Bring to a boil, covered, with new water and vinegar. Reduce to a medium heat and cook for approximately 15 minutes.
    • Cut the butter into bits and melt it in a small saucepan over medium-low heat after the snails have cooked for approximately 10 minutes. Cook, stirring periodically, for approximately 5 minutes, or until the rawness of the garlic has gone away. Keep warm by seasoning with salt and pepper.
    • Remove a snail from the pot and attempt to pull it out of its shell with a pin or toothpick; if the operculum (the hard disk at the entrance of the shell) slips off and the snail flesh easily comes out, the snails are done. If not, continue to boil the snails until they are done. Drain the snails, then add a few tablespoons of butter to the saucepan with them. Serve with parsley on top and toothpicks or pins to remove the snails and the remainder of the garlic butter.
  • TIME: Approximately 1 1/2 hours, mostly unsupervised


Fresh Sea Snails with Garlic Butter are a delicious way to cook snails without shells. These slugs are cooked in butter, garlic, and parsley. Reference: how to cook snails without shells.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you cook fresh sea snails?

You can cook fresh sea snails by boiling them in a pot of water for 10 minutes.

How bad is garlic butter?

Garlic butter is a delicious and healthy way to add flavor to any meal.

Whats the best way to cook snails?

You can cook them in a pot of boiling water for about 10 minutes.

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