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Goose Barnacles With Lemon

Goose barnacles have been a delicacy in Spain and Portugal for a long time; see what you've been missing with this simple recipe
Goose Barnacles With Lemon


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.