How To Cook Samphire

Serves2-4 people
Gluten-free diets
How To Cook Samphire

Did you know there are two types of samphire? Marsh samphire grows on sandy flats and is salty and crunchy with a mineral-rich flavour. Rock samphire grows in hard-to-reach rocky edges and cliffs. It has a pungent, herbal flavour similar to parsley or carrot tops, with a salty crunch. Rock samphire makes a delicious side dish, while the more tender marsh samphire is delicious added to pasta dishes and salads.

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  • 100g wild samphire

SAMPHIRE SAVVY Rock samphire is quite different to marsh samphire and can have a very strong flavour, so if using this instead, you'll only need a little bit of it in your recipe or you can use it as a garnish.

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1. Buttery Side Dish: This is the easiest way to cook samphire, especially rock samphire. Simmer in boiling water for 5 mins. Drain. Rinse. Toss with butter. Beautiful as a side to fish or lamb.
2. Super Salad: Boil your samphire for 5 mins then drain and rinse. Tip into a salad bowl and gloss with olive oil. Add halved cherry tomatoes and season generously with freshly ground pepper. Mix everything well with your hands to bring out the tomatoes juices. Delicious on its own or with lamb.
3. Fish Parcel: Get large piece of baking paper. Place a handful of samphire in the middle, then top with a piece of white fish like cod or haddock. Top with some lemon slices, a knob of butter, freshly ground pepper and a splash of dry white wine.Bring the edges of the paper together and crimp them to seal. Set on a baking tray. Pop in a 200°C/Fan 180°C/Gas 6 oven for 10-15 mins and it’ll be beautifully cooked through.
4. Crab Pasta: Bring a large pan of water to the boil and add spaghetti. Simmer for 3 mins, then toss your samphire in with the pasta for the final 5 mins. Drain. Toss with butter and flakes of white crab meat.
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