Although barnacles are mainly known as a nuisance to sailors, they can also be a delicacy for diners. Goose barnacles (or “percebes”), once thought to be part of the mollusk family, are actually crustaceans, and have a sweet, succulent, and lobster-like consistency and flavor. This simple recipe will highlight the natural flavor without covering it up.
This recipes comes courtesy of Saveur.
- 8 Cups water
- 1 Cup kosher salt
- 1 Pound goose barnacles, separated and rinsed
- 1 Lemon
Bring water to a boil in a 4-quart saucepan.
Stir in kosher salt until dissolved, about 1 minute.
Add gooseneck barnacles; cook until tender, 2–3 minutes.
Drain barnacles; serve with lemon wedges.