Griddled Langoustines with cumin

Griddled Langoustines with cumin

By 27/02/2012

The other day I was doing my weekly supermarket shopping and passing the fishmongers I noticed they had some Scottish langoustines on the counter. They looked very inviting so I decided to get just a few for lunch to go with some leftover soup I had in the fridge, which needed finishing up.

Scottish langoustines are usually very tasty. Most of them are flown abroad as they don't seem to be very popular in Scotland or neither in England. It is mostly a "continental" thing, something you would have when you go across to France.  Shame though as they are delicious and not very expensive.

So I decided to try cooking them like they do when I go to my favourite seafood restaurant in Italy.
They always barbecue them, but being winter time and not wanting to freeze to death outside, I got my griddle pan out, put it on a source of heat until very hot, put the shellfish on it until I got those "barbecue zebra lines".

My husband, who was in the living room came in like a shot when he smelt the fish. "What are you cooking???"  I said "Smells nice eh?! Get some white wine out, we are having a barby for lunch!"
I added some cumin just for a change and the result was a juicy and moist char grilled fish with a smoky flavour, for an instant it felt like being in Italy...

  • Prep Time : 15 minutes
  • Cook Time : 20 minutes


Heat a griddle pan until very hot. Rub some olive oil on the fish and some salt;  lay the langoustines on the pan.

Cook them well for about 20 minutes turning them on both sides until they are cooked through.

In a bowl add the crushed garlic cloves, the parsley, 3 tbsp of olive oil, cumin and lemon juice. Mix it well and then soak the cooked fish into the mixture.

Serve it warm.

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20 Responses to Griddled Langoustines with cumin

  1. simran

    some smells can do that….smell like a good place,a place that holds happy memories and a place that we call home!..nice preparation.

  2. LinsFood

    Absolutely gorgeous! I love the touch of cumin in there. When I first saw the picture before reading, my first thought was that it was perfect for a barbecue!

  3. ramya

    Hey… you are such an expert with seafood!Looks so professional…I should take lessons from you someday,Alida!

  4. Jasna's kitchen creations

    Absolutely mouthwatering…Now that I live surrounded by sea /ocean, I have to learn a lot about seafood. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Phil in the Kitchen

    This looks so delicious. I can't understand why they have to be sold abroad.

  6. All That I'm Eating

    I love the idea of this but can't eat langoustines – what would work instead?

  7. Catherine

    Dear Alida, I am sure your husband loved lunch! What a delicious meal. Blessings my dear, Catherine xo

  8. Alida

    All that I am eating: Prawns would be just as nice! I have done them in this way before.

  9. Suchi

    Hi Alida, I am new to your space…you have a lovely blog. I have never had langoustines…now that you mention it will look out for it on my next trip to the fishmonger's…we love fish and always looking out for new varieties and this looks yummy :-)Your new follower, Suchi

  10. Rosita Vargas

    absolutamente hermosos y deliciosos,me encanta todo de mar y en especial los langostinos,abrazos hugs,hugs.

  11. Gloria

    look absolutely nice and delicious! love seafood

  12. Carmen Anderson

    What a gorgeous dish! I love seafood, and I will definitely try your recipe! Thanks for sharing!

  13. Pegasuslegend

    I love seafood its my favorite food on this earth no one would get any here, will love some soon!!!! thank you xo <3

  14. elly

    Qui mi hai preso letteralmente per la gola!!!! Buonissimi con questa salsa!

  15. simple baking

    Drooling!! We don't get Scottish langoustines here instead will use prawns, like you suggested.

  16. Max

    Che meraviglia!!! complimenti. ciao.

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