Eating Langoustines

Preparation info

  • Serves

    two to three

    • Difficulty


Appears in

A Long and Messy Business

A Long and Messy Business

By Rowley Leigh

Published 2018

  • About

There are such things as jumbo langoustines that come in at around six to the kilo but a reasonable count is around sixteen to the kilo, enough for two or three people. The sad fact is that few people eat more than the tails of langoustines: the only consolation is that an excellent bisque can be made with the detritus.


  • 1 kg (2 lb 4 oz) live langoustines
  • 4


Bring a very large pan of water to a rolling boil with a good handful of salt. Once it has returned to the boil, drop in the langoustines. Place a lid on the pan and as soon as the water is boiling again, the langoustines will be cooked (pull back the tail and look at the meat through the thin membrane there: once it is white rather than translucent, they are cooked). Lift the langoustines out