The Main Ingredient Of The Dish: Percebes (Goose Barnacles)

Percebes, also known as Goose Barnacles, are a delicacy from the Galician region of Spain. These small crustaceans have a rich mineral and iodine flavor and texture unlike any other seafood. Despite their odd look, they are incredibly popular in their native Galicia and have become increasingly popular throughout the rest of Spain. Here are five dishes where Percebes is the star:

1. Cataplana de Marisco y Percebes: This classic Portuguese seafood dish is a mix of different types of seafood and vegetables cooked in a cataplana, a traditional copper pan. The main attraction is the Percebes which are cooked in a tomato-based sauce and combined with other seafood such as clams and mussels.

2. Arroz de Mariscos: This Galician paella-style dish features Percebes cooked in a saffron broth along with other varieties of seafood such as clams, mussels, prawns and squid. The Percebes are the star here, adding a unique taste to the dish.

3. Caldo de Marisco: This popular Galician soup is a combination of different types of seafood including Percebes cooked in a fish broth with potatoes and vegetables. It’s a hearty dish you can enjoy any time of year.

4. Pulpo á Feira: This classic Galician octopus dish combines boiled octopus with Percebes, paprika and olive oil. The Percebes add an extra layer of flavor to the dish that is simply delicious.

5. Percebes à la Plancha: This simple yet delicious dish features Percebes grilled on a large flatiron griddle with olive oil and garlic. The smokiness of the grill combined with the unique flavor of the Percebes makes it one of the most popular ways to enjoy this delicacy.