Winkles Recipe

Amount Per Serving: Calories 35; Total Fat 0g; Sodium 11.3mg; Carbohydrates 1g; Protein 7g; Calcium 249.7mg; Iron 1.8mg
Winkles are a type of mollusk and they taste really good. Let's eat some winkles!
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  • 30 live winkles
  • Crusty bread and butter, to serve
  • Garlic mayonnaise, to serve
  • Malt vinegar, to serve
  • Pins, to get them out of the shells


  • De-shell the winkles and wash them under cold running water. Set aside to soak in a bowl of water that contains a few tablespoons of salt. Keep changing the water until it runs clear from the winkles.

  • Bring up to two litres of heavily salted water to the boil in a large deep pan (don’t forget your pin!).

  • Add the winkles and boil fiercely for five minutes. Pour them on a slotted spoon over your colander, then rinse them thoroughly with cold water.

  • Spread the winkles out on a large tray and put in the fridge for 20 minutes to dry out and remove the excess salt.

  • When you’re ready to cook them, heat a good slick of oil in a non-stick frying pan and throw in all your winkles. Add a generous sprinkling of salt and stir fry for five minutes (seven if you like them really crunchy).

  • Remove from the heat and drain on kitchen paper.

  • Serving Suggestions: Serve on a warm plate with crusty bread, butter, garlic mayonnaise and malt vinegar.

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