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Limpet Dumplings with Dune Spinach, Sea Urchin and Nasturtiums

Limpet Dumplings with Dune Spinach, Sea Urchin and Nasturtiums


A foraged West Coast dish that is full of the flavour of the sea.

  • Serves: 6 |
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  • Prep Time : 30 mins |
  • Cook Time : 10 mins
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Dumpling Dough

250 g white bread flour

1 egg

½ C (125 ml) buttermilk

60 g salted farm butter


600 g cooked limpets*, minced

2/5 C (100 ml) white wine

juice of ½ lemon

freshly grated nutmeg

snoeksout, for seasoning

To Finish

100 g salted farm butter

1 handful of dune spinach leaves, thoroughly washed

1 handful of young nasturtium leaves, flowers and seed pods

roe of 3 large sea urchins

dried snoek roe, for seasoning

Dumpling Dough

Combine all the ingredients in a food processor and pulse together. Knead into a smooth dough, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate (or approximately 30 minutes.


Combine the minced limpets, white wine and lemon juice in a medium saucepan. Bring to the boil and cook for 2 minutes, continuously stirring. Season with nutmeg and snoeksout and leave to cool.


On a floured surface, flatten the rested dumpling dough with your hand. Divide the dough into three rough rectangles. Use a pasta machine set to the second last setting to roll out each dough rectangle, generously dusting with flour as you go.

Cut out rounds of the dough using a small cutter, approximately 6 cm in diameter. Add 1 tsp (5 ml) of the minced limpet mixture to the dough. Fold over the dough rounds into crescent-shaped dumplings and seal the edges by pressing down with your fingertips. Cook the dumplings in salted boiling water for about 4 minutes.

To Finish

Melt the butter in a large saucepan. Add the cooked dumplings, the dune spinach leaves, the nasturtium seed pods and the sea urchin roe. Stir through until all the dumplings are evenly covered with butter and roe and the dune spinach just starts to wilt.

To Serve

Serve the dumplings topped with the nasturtium leaves and petals. Season with finely grated dried snoek roe.

*You need a recreational fishing permit to harvest a maximum of 15 limpets per adult per day by hand, or by using an implement with a blade or flat edge not exceeding 12 mm in width.