Jamie and Jimmy are carrying on the fight against food waste in their new Friday Night Feast TV series, this time by embracing the incredible UK produce that usually gets binned, or just outright ignored.

Langoustines are one of them. These prawn-like creatures are actually part of the lobster family. Delicate and intense, they’re incredibly tasty, but have long been underrated by us Brits. Scotland is famous for its langoustines with one-third of the world’s supply coming from Scottish shores alone. But, rather than guzzle them ourselves, a massive 70% are exported to France, Spain and beyond.

Whether it’s the association with pub grub scampi or not, our langoustines deserve better. Celebrate them in one of these tasty dishes.

LANGOUSTINES WITH LEMON & BUTTER

Eaten straight off the grill with a squeeze of lemon juice, this is arguably the best way to enjoy langoustines’ delicate flavour and delicious meatiness. Serve on a big platter and let everyone dig in.

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EASY CURRIED FISH STEW

Simply swap the prawns for langoustines for a new twist to this healthy, comforting stew. Make sure you buy whole langoustines (including the heads) and throw them in while it’s cooking for incredible added flavour.

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BARBECUED LANGOUSTINES WITH AIOLI

Butterflying your langoustines and grilling them hard and fast is an epic way to serve them up. If it’s cold outside, ditch the barbecue for a griddle pan and it’ll work just as well, but be careful whichever cooking method you choose: watch them like a hawk and don’t over-cook! Grilled and served with this homemade garlicky dip, this is pure, simple indulgence.

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Are you a fan of lovely langoustines? Let us know how you use them in the comments below…


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  • Sminkypinky

    You’re buying them from the wrong place!
    This article is complete b*ll*cks; the only reason the prawns go to Spain and Paris is because the creelers get the best price and it’s a year-round market. The logistics of getting live prawns to Spain makes them quadruple in price, but still the Spaniards are prepared to pay for the best seafood. The prawns on sale in the UK are the small ones the rest of Europe doesn’t want.

  • Ronny Pieters

    I have been a fisherman for over 30 years, and now a chef in my OWN Seafood restaurant. I totally agree that langoustines is the Northsea’s gold, i use them al the time here and i just dont get tired of them. Great stuff and a very hard job catching them, done it myself.
    Ps, is it with Jimmy Buchan that you coop? If so, please say hi from the Aegir, he will remember.