Frozen Winkles

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What Is It?

This big sea snail is located on rocks or among seaweeds throughout the middle and lower parts of the shoreline. The edible winkle has an oval, spiral shell, typically of a brownish-grey colour. It is composed of circular ridges, darkened lines, and a pointed tip.

Winkles have a sea-like flavour and are fairly meaty. They often are boiled and sold on the seafront as a snack. They are consumed with vinegar with white pepper, by using a pin to take them out of their shells. Or you can mix it with garlic butter, serving it with nice crusty bread.


Winkles are akin to whelks, also identified as periwinkles. They are present in the intertidal region of several areas of England and Ireland and other parts of Europe. They are handled in the same manner as whelks in terms of collection, storage and cooking method. They are checked and thoroughly inspected until they are in our manufacturing facility. The cleaned and cooked winkles are packed in polythene bags before the freezing process, or that they are frozen unwrapped then glazed and packed thereafter.

Most of the winkles are harvested or collected by hand, which is a targeted collecting strategy that creates less damage to their habitat. Minimum winkle sizes may vary between counties, but choosing the bigger sized winkles, measuring more than 2cm, enables them to breed. Choose winkles gathered in areas that are well maintained by hand-gathering techniques.


This seaside classic is a perfect source for vitamin B12, iron, copper, iodine and magnesium. They are also a great source of protein as well as potassium, vitamin E, selenium and phosphorous.

Winkle has known antibiotic, analgesic, laxative and hypotensive characteristics. They have tannins which bind fluids so that inflammation can be alleviated. It’s low in saturated fat.

Why Choose Us

Frozen Fish Direct offers over 200 different products, supplying frozen seafood and fish to the wider public, local shops including restaurants. Our website enables us to digitally unlock our freezers! We retain low prices because we buy in bulk and directly sell to you without having to compromise on quality. We always procure from sustainable fish and seafood supplies, whether captured in the wild or farmed.

Our winkles are locally cultivated. We have perfected our method for so many years, rendering it as delicious as the freshly harvested winkles. Our frozen winkles have the best quality. There are no other flavouring agents and no extra water. Since they are frozen at sea, the vitamins and minerals are preserved so they can be beneficial to our customers.

Nutrition Facts

A 100-gram serving of cooked winkles provides:

Calories: 90
Protein: 16 g
Carbohydrate: 2g
Fiber: 0.0 g
Total fat: 1 g
Sodium: 70 mg

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How much time do I need to cook frozen winkles?
Winkles are easy to prepare. Just toss them in boiling water with a bit of salt for around 7 minutes, then drain, and remove the winkle meat with the use of a toothpick or pin then pull gently. Put a little oil after they are cooked to make them glossy then eat with salt and vinegar.
How are you going to store cooked Winkles?
Winkles can be stored between 32 and 40° F temperature.
Could you eat the beach winkles?
Removing winkles from their shells is time-consuming but extremely rewarding when you taste their flavour. Throw away the hard top-end; the remainder is edible.
Whelks and winkles, are they the same thing?
Winkles are similar in appearance to whelks, but they seldom grow past 3 cm and have much darker shells. But the production process is the same for both the whelks and winkles.
What are the health advantages of periwinkle?
Winkle is good for your brain. It facilitates the circulation of blood in the brain, encourages the metabolism of the brain, and improves mental efficiency. Winkles are effective to prevent issues with memory and attention, enhancing thinking skill, and preventing brain cells from ageing early.