Quoted in King Lear, samphire is not a seaweed but a sea plant, that smells strongly of the ocean and is also known as the poor man’s asparagus. On a pilgrimage lunch to Moro in London, samphire with a garlic aioli and sea trout and other delights involving lentils proved more then worth the Euro-Star ticket. Amazing. So I seek out this vibrant green sea creature at the fish-mongers or wherever they are selling fish and grab a handful.

Buy as you need , it does not keep.


Steam for about 5 – 10 minutes depending on your taste and before serving toss in a hot pan with a little melted butter and chopped garlic.