If you’re from New England, you probably already know alllll about Fiddleheads. I, however, am not. Even as a Boston resident for four years now, I had never seen these weird little things until this spring. Incredibly seasonal, these centipede-like veggies are quite literally a type of fern that you can eat. Mmmm? Okay, so maybe the idea of eating ferns doesn’t sound that appealing, but these are actually really great. But more importantly, they’re really easy and inexpensive to cook. You better get to it fast though – these veggies are only available a short time out of the year.
I went with a soy garlic variety to give it plenty of flavor without much work. Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1 lb of fiddleheads
- 2 tbsp of vegetable oil (preferable to olive oil)
- 2 tbsp of soy sauce
- 2 cloves of chopped garlic
Now for the cooking part. This should only take a few minutes…
- Rinse fiddleheads and bring a pot of water to boil
- Add fiddleheads to pot and let blanche for approx. one minute
- Remove fiddleheads and rinse with cold water
- Heat oil in a large frying pan and add the fiddleheads. Cook for five minutes.
- Add garlic and drizzle soy sauce over fiddleheads and cook while stirring for a a minute or two, or until garlic is starting to color.
Makes four servings. Salmon not included :)