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Recipe from Crete - Cretan Snails Buburisti

Updated on May 25, 2015
5 stars from 2 ratings of Snail recipe

Cretan Snails Recipe Introduction

Greece, summer, sea, islands, exquisite food based on extra virgin Greek olive oil. All ingredients are natural and free of preservatives. When cooking snails in Crete women and men wake up early in the morning and gather them from the fields of the island, especially after the rain. Snails cannot be eaten in this stage they have to stay for few days hanged from the tree in a special net. So actually preparing snails can take few days and not 1 or 2 hours. Such snails are pure and delicious in comparison to those that are sold in the grocery stores.

The bellow recipe has been prepared many times by my mother-in-low, who cooks them perfectly. The secret is actually well known to all of us.

Cook Time

Prep time: 1 hour
Cook time: 50 min
Ready in: 1 hour 50 min
Yields: Serves 3-4 people

Ingredients for Snail Buburisti

  • 1kg snails
  • 1 glass of red wine
  • 50-70g flour
  • 1 cup of extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of rosemary
  • 1 middle size cup of vinegar

Cooking Snails Step By Step

  1. We need to separate live snails from dead before cooking. Place snails within the water for 20-30 min. Live snails will start showing their heads. Snails that don't show any movement can't be consumed. Remove them from the water. Wash the rest snails thoroughly in order to remove any dirt.
  2. Boil around 2-3L of water and add 2 teaspoons of salt. Place the snails into the boiling water and let them boil for about 3-5 min.
  3. Add the vinegar and let them for another 10 min. Remove snails and wash them under the cold water.
  4. Add flour to the snails and fry them in olive oil. Make sure when placing snails the shell is up and the "nozzle" is down
  5. At last 5 min of frying, add a glass of wine and let snails to boil one last time.
  6. Add pepper, rosemary and serve with its own sauce.

Important Nutrition facts For Snails Recipe

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 250g
Calories 230
Calories from Fat63
% Daily Value *
Fat 7 g11%
Saturated fat 1 g5%
Carbohydrates 40 g13%
Sugar 8 g
Fiber 1 g4%
Protein 7 g14%
Cholesterol 52 mg17%
Sodium 470 mg20%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.


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