How To Cook Crunchy Peppered Nigerian Snails

Peppered snails snack, served HOT
Snails, fondly called Congo Meat are a great delicacy to those who eat them. Give me snails any
day, anytime, anywhere. Take away the beef and give me snails. For those who have stopped eating or do not eat red meat, snails are your best white meat. The fact that these molluscs are very rich in Protein cannot be overemphasized. My family loves them in soups, especially vegetable soups. Most times I close my eyes and cook without because, they are outrageously expensive in Abuja.

Snails can be served as healthy snack or accompanied with rice, plantain, foof oo and whatever meal you want to serve with them. They are supposed to be crunchy when cooked. If not well prepared by washing with lime and adding straight into boiling water, they become soft like any other meat. To fully enjoy snails, make them crunchy and a bit peppery.

To serve this delicacy as a snack, remember to serve with your choice wine. Taking a glass of chill white wine after chewing on hot peppered snails is so much fun. 

Growing up as a child, I learnt that snails were not eaten/forbidden by my ancestors. Well, I tasted and couldn't stop eating them. To me, snail is the best type of meat, followed by chicken.  Sorry to say, but, beef is my least favorite.
Snails can be washed with alum, lemon or lime, I prefer washing with lime oranges
wash snails with limes. Alum is also used, but it changes the taste for me. Washing with lime removes the slime and still retains original snail flavor
add washed snails to boiling salted water and cook for 30 minutes for very large snails


boiled snails removed from the stock 
Blend or pound pepper, chopped onion and seasoning. I prefer to pound because that doesn't require addition of water
add ground pepper to oil to make pepper sauce
cook ground pepper in oil for about 1 to 2 minutes
add cooked snails to pepper sauce
Stir in low heat for 2 minutes or as long as you want
serve hot snails as snacks
cooked snails in pepper sauce
adding snail stock to make snail stew
Snails boil, heat is reduced and allowed to simmer for 3 to 5 minutes
a pot of healthy Peppered snail stew
serve snail stew with boiled rice, boiled unripe plantain or boiled yam
Enjoy tasty snail stew with rice
Three snails served with rice and snail stew
Snail stew can be cooked with pepper and tomatoes. Snails must be washed with lime and plunged into salted boiling water to harden, before adding to tomatoes stew.
You want to bribe him before asking for a favor?  think no more of how to go about it. Serve him crunchy snails with his choicest wine, and remember to ask for anything while he is still eating and drinking. *wink*
Enjoy easy to cook crunchy snails!

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Comments

  1. Sorry to deviate;
    Pls i want to try makin d valentine's cake but cant find vinegar,what do u think i can use to substitute d vinegar and also is baking soda powder same as bicarbonate of soda? Tanx will be expectin d reply soon.

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    1. Yes, bicarbonate of soda is baking soda. If you go toi a cake shop and ask for baking soda, they will give you the correct one. As for distilled white vinegar, go to shops that sell things for salad or hops that sell assorted spices and stuff, they usually have it. There are two types, the Malt Vinegar which has a brown 'malty' colour, then the white vinegar which looks like water. Some big departmental stores or supermarkets also have it. I'm sorry I dnt know of a substitute for that recipe.

      Happy Baking!

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    2. Hmmm... Yummy yummy, tanx

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  2. Aunty Eya you didn't tell how you remove the meat from the shell pls i would like to know thanks especially when you a preparing it in large quantities

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    1. This was removed by the sellers. When I remove, I hit a hammer or heavy table knife on the tiny part of the shell, once broken, the table knife is put in that tiny hole to help push the snail out. That's the easiest method for me. While putting in the knife, stick or whatever, try to like move your hand in angles or just try to move the hand like you do when you put the key in a keyhole and try to open a lock. That action/movement pushes the snail out.

      Once the snail falls out, there is still a tiny shell inside that you need to feel with your fingers and cut out together with the waste.

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  3. As a true Edo girl, I love snails and this post made me salivate.
    I make my stew a similar way to yours...The only difference is that when I add the onions to the oil at the beginning, I add a spoon of ground crayfish. It gives a lovely 'smoky' flavour.
    Yum yum
    Have a lovely weekend

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    1. Hi Naijamum In London, thanks for the crayfish tip. I will add that to my "Learner's list."
      Have a stress-free weekend sis.

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  4. Pls I missed the sharwarma recipe post...can someone help me out here..thanks a million...

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    1. Check right on your screen for the shawarma recipe. If you are using a phone, scroll right down and click on "VIEW WEB VERSION" If it's too tiny, click again. Scroll back up and check right for "Most Viewed Posts" Shawarma is number one there.
      http://www.wivestownhallconnection.com/2013/02/how-to-make-shawarma-at-home-in.html

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  5. I hope i eventually don't faint in hunger after reading your food write-ups. *Fans herself* I love this snail stew even though I'm not a snail person. But, i will try it oooo.... please write more, Aunt Eya... Nigerian girls need to spice up their home with some lovely cukin'

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    1. Try with a few, you'll love it. The best type of meat for me.

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  6. Sis Eya this looks super yummy, fabulous presentation as well. I don't eat snails but my hubby really likes them so I think I'll cook them as a snack once I get good ones. Lizzy

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    1. @Sis Lizzy, pls make him happy naa, those who like snails are always ready to skip a meal and take snails.

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  7. I luv me som snail bt dey r outrageously xpensive hie in Abuja,I buy four big ones for 1k5 n considering wie I live in school I nid 2 mek it plenty bkos of my Olonga neighbours bt I'll sneak n cook som very soon,hv missed it wella #Ugo#

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    1. You are right Ugo, I got this 8 snails for 3k, I hear they are cheap in other places. I wish someone tells us where to find cheap snails in Nigeria.
      Sorry about your long throat neighbours.

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    2. In lagos,u'll av 2get 2oyingbo 2get cheap snails o.snail is a generally expensive meat bt I so miss it!I might take a stroll 2oyingbo 1of dese days n buy 2mke 4my family n fiance!

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    3. young awesome mumMarch 17, 2013

      U can get snails at a cheap rate in Bayelsa. My hubby got lots of them on his recent trips to Bayelsa.

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    4. In owerri,imo state,u can get 4big snails for 400,highest 500...is very cheap here...

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  8. Ebengwori hmmm aunty Ojay u won't succeed in ur effory to lure me to Eden garden tmao with dis tempting dish. Imma try hold my throat till on sunday,before the policemen will deal with me tmao being election.lolz anyway imma try prepare it myself.

    ~BONARIO~says so via NOKIA3310

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    1. Please try Bona, it's cheaper when you DIY. You get to eat as much as you want without checking your wallet. Lol!

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  9. Mehn, aunty Eya, all the saliva for my mouth don finish. I did not grow up eating snails. My parents have nothing against it but it just was never part of our protein options....just like Pork. I ate it once at a cocktail party and I wanted to lick my plate. Will definitely try it now that I am the owner of the kitchen... :-)

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    1. Hahaha @ I wanted to lick my plate. Sis Ahdaisy, you won't succeed in keeing me with laughter o. Try it, you and hubby will like it.

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  10. Thanks for this post Eya. Mine has never come out crunchy and it has made snails so unappealing to me. I'll try this your method. This looks so yummy! Funke

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    1. OK fUNKE, Remember two things:
      1. Wash with lime

      2. add to salted boiling water.
      Your crunchy snails are ready!!!

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  11. Oh geez!! I LOVE SNAILS....barbranewton's blog. check us out we have something for 2013 brides :)

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  12. You can get the same effect in grinding the pepper coarsely,by using the pulse button on your blender,by pressing the pulse button on your blender,depending on the kind of blender you have. It could also be ice crush,chop, etc,depending on your blender feature. You just press,briefly,intermittently,until you get the texture you want. You just add very little water.

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  13. Looking very sumptuous as usual. Thanks for sharing!

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  14. Rich delicacy. Snails are actually nice to eat when seasoned and added to stew like this. Nice with rice or in soups. I actually have the sellers help me remove the shell though.

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    1. Thanks Debby, the sellers do it very well.

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  15. Nice one madam. Pls, where can I get dried tatase in Abuja? Am thinking ewa goin for my family soon. Weldone, I enjoy ur blog.

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    1. Try the market women,those who sell soup ingredients.

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  16. If u want it really crunchy just add salt to the water u use in rinsing the snails

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  17. Aunty Eya,i started following your blog since December and i must say thank God for this wonderful vision he has given you and God bless you for running with it,i comment frequently as anonymous,but right now i think i'd like to be address as CREAMBERRY lol*WINKS*,don't mind me joor,i also decided that i'd try at least one delicacy per weekend.the major reason for this,is that i prepared Dodo-Gizzard last weekend and it came out nice,how do i upload the pics for everyone to see what i actually learnt from your blog.please reply..Thank you.

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    1. Thanks Creamberry. Ok, when next you comment, do not chose Anonymous, click on NAME/URL, fill in your new name and forget about the URL, then click on Continue and pUBLISH your comment. CREAMBERRY WILL SHOW ON THE BLOG OK?

      For the dodo gizzard, we can't wait to see it. email the pics to cuulme@gmail.com
      From there, they'll be posted on the blog for all to see.
      Well done and thank God for everything.

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  18. Thanks madam Eya for this post,wil definately try it over the weekend am sure husby will like it cos he is a die hard fan of snail.will also use the opportunity to tell him what i want for our anniversary*Dancing kukre*

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  19. Hello mrs eya,I love u,I love u,I lobe ur blog,for me is one of the best blog so far,told my friends abut it and dey re happy,am happy to here

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    1. Hi Nicole, I love you too. Thanks for reading this blog and for bringing more readers.

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  20. Hi Debecee, hahahahaha,make them very crunchy. Happy Anniversary in advance.

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  21. Aunty Eya, seriously this meal stuff works wonders, my husband sneaked in on me in the kitchen after a wonderful lunch on sunday, guess what,it was the smell of a burnt soup that woke me up later, i didn't know what happened but my husband wouldn't let me go until he had a wonderful feel of me, my soup was wasted but i can't stop glowing, trust me this one is my next weapon of man's attention.

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  22. Aunty Eya tnx vry much for d help d oda day. The peppered snail was vry tasty and I ate it with the beach coconut rice.I also tried ur cow leg tomato stew recipe and it was delicious too. Ur blog is really a blessin in my lyf and has made mi a better cook. Thank u so much*hugs*

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  23. AnonymousMay 10, 2013

    Hmmm...Well done Aunty Eya, loving this blog so much. God bless u for this great effort. Much love.

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  24. AnonymousMay 25, 2013

    Didn't grow up eating snails. ♍Ɣ mum wouldn't let it in her kitchen. Says its forbiden. But tasted it some time in a friends house and ♍Ɣ tastebuds just wouldn't shut down after that.

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  25. Delicious! Fan in Cote d'Ivoire @afrinaso

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  26. Hmmm... Am definitely going to try this. Even if I get to eat snails once in a while. Its too expensive in abuja.
    Thanks aunty eya. By the way, I just discovered your blog. Visit mine too .

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  27. That looks amazing!!

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  28. tnx so much ii tried it today..my dad loved it so much

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  29. DivalixiousJuly 15, 2014

    Luving every bit of dis blog

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  30. AnonymousMay 15, 2015

    Unclean. What do snails eat? What is their function in the sea? There are reasons why this flesh was frowned upon.

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    1. Pray tell.
      Who frowned upon it?

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  31. I just cooked this. Served mine with boiled plantain.

    Delicious.

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  32. I love snails a lot... Just the right recipe for my wife who is comin from the USA after havin my baby girlgirl(am a first time daddy).. The first thing she gets welcomed with as she steps right out is this superb crunchy snail snack which i am gonna make myself and a big huggy huggy... Thanks aunty Eya for this...

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    1. Congratulations on the birth of your new baby.

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