Peppered Snail: Spicy Nigerian Finger Food

Deborah Olayiwola
Deborah Olayiwola
Deborah is a content marketing specialist, with a passion for the food niche, she writes engaging content that celebrates the joy of food and its power to bring people together. Having worked on different projects. Her curiosity and creativity shines through in her writing.

Peppered snails are a popular dish in different parts of the world, especially in Africa. The snails are cleaned and gently boiled until they’re nice and tender. Then, coated in a delicious sauce made from things like peppers, onions, garlic, and secret spices (okay, maybe not so secret, but they sure taste amazing!). If you love seafood like oysters, shrimp, and mussels, you may like snails too!

Spicy Peppered Snail
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What Does a Peppered Snail Taste Like?

Peppered snails are like a flavor party in your mouth – snails that have been given the fantastic treatment with a mix of amazing spices, onions, and a hint of spicy pepper. Yum! I love it because of the spicy peppered sweet taste, you can’t stop at one, and they are always attractive.

Snails offer healthy nutritional benefits; they contain high-quality protein, low fat, vitamins B and other minerals like iron and magnesium.

Peppered snails are more than just food in Africa– they’re a part of celebrations and gatherings. Think family get-togethers, parties, weekend getaways and special occasions, peppered snail spice it up.

Peppered Snail and plantain
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How Long Does it Take to Boil Snails? 

When it comes to boiling snails, a little patience is required. It is advisable, snails need a good soak in hot water for about 1 hour before boiling for about 20 to 30mins. But, First things first, you need to clean them by scrubbing and removing the shells before they take their dip in the boiling water.

Properly boiling snails not only makes them tender and delicious but also ensures they’re safe to eat. Snails can be a bit chewy, but a good boil helps soften them up and makes them soft to munch on. Most Importantly, cooking them thoroughly ensures all nasties are cooked away, leaving you with a safe and scrumptious treat.

Can you Eat Garden Snails?

Yes, garden snails (Helix aspersa), also known as common or brown garden snails, are edible and have been consumed as food in various cultures for centuries. However, proper cleaning of garden snails is essential to remove dirt, debris, and any potential contaminants and cook them thoroughly before consumption. For this recipe, we will be using the African giant snails.

African Giant Snail.
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Yummy Peppered Snail

Peppered Snail

Peppered snails are a popular dish in different parts of the world, especially in Africa. The snails are cleaned and gently boiled until they’re nice and tender. Then, coated in a delicious sauce made from things like peppers, onions, garlic, and secret spices
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Nigerian

Ingredients
  

  • 2 Ib snails (deshelled)
  • 2 medium onions (sliced)
  • 3 scotch bonnet (grated)
  • 1 small bell pepper (chopped)
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoon Vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon bouillon powder
  • 1 lemon(to clean the snails)
  • Salt and seasoning to taste

Instructions
 

Clean and Prepare the Snails

  • Wash the snails thoroughly in cold water.
    2 Ib snails (deshelled)
  • Squeeze lemon juice over the snails and rub them to remove any slime or residue.
    1 lemon(to clean the snails)
  • Rinse the snails again under cold water and drain.

Cook the Snails

  • Place the cleaned snails in a pot, cover with water, and bring to a boil.
  • Let the snails boil for about 20-30 minutes to further clean and tenderize them, drain the snails and set them aside.
  • Prepare the Peppered Snail Sauce
  • Heat the vegetable oil over medium heat, add the sliced onions and sauté until they become translucent.
    2 tablespoon Vegetable oil, 2 medium onions (sliced)
  • Add the grated scotch bonnet peppers and minced garlic to the pan. Sauté for a couple of minutes to release their flavors.
    3 scotch bonnet (grated), 2 cloves garlic
  • Stir in the chopped bell pepper and continue to cook for an additional 2-3 minutes.
    1 small bell pepper (chopped)
  • Sprinkle in the black pepper, cayenne pepper, and bouillon powder. Mix well to evenly distribute the spices.
    1 teaspoon cayenne pepper, 1 teaspoon bouillon powder, 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • Add the boiled snails to the pan, ensuring they are well-coated with the pepper mixture.
  • Allow the snails to simmer in the flavorful sauce for about 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally to ensure even cooking.
  • Once the snails are heated through and have absorbed the flavors, remove the pan from heat, serve the peppered snails as a delicious appetizer or main dish, garnished with fresh herbs if desired
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Deborah Olayiwola
Deborah Olayiwola
Deborah is a content marketing specialist, with a passion for the food niche, she writes engaging content that celebrates the joy of food and its power to bring people together. Having worked on different projects. Her curiosity and creativity shines through in her writing.

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