Sam’s Simple Paua Recipe

SpotX Wild Foods Recipe from Sam Mossman
Prep:15 minutes Cook:10 minutes Difficulty:1
  • 2-3 paua, shucked and thinly sliced.
  • Garlic butter.
  • 2 tablespoons honey.
  • 1 tablespoon grated or crushed ginger.
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce.
  • Sea salt and ground back pepper, to taste.
  • Add the following to a hot barbecue plate or frying pan:.
  • Garlic butter, ginger, honey, soy and salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Now add the paua.
  • Keep stirring as the paua cooks for approximately 6-8 minutes.
  • Great as an appetiser or snack with a cold lager.

Paua It is little wonder that black marketers seek out paua; such is its pulling power.
Referred to as ‘back gold’ by the poachers, paua fetches a good price on both the legitimate and black markets, with much of the ill-gotten gain smuggled out of the country. Unfortunately its popularity and shrinking stocks put it outside the reach of the average household, unless you are lucky enough to be close to a coast where there are good paua populations at hand.
The common black-foot paua has to be 125mm in length. The average size and abundance improves the further south you travel. A rarity in the Far North for all but a few in the know, in the South Island paua is common tucker enjoyed by many.

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