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May 14, 2007 01:23 PM

What to do with sea beans?

Yesterday I was at my local gourmet grocery store (Draeger's, for those of you in the SF Bay Area) and noticed that they were selling sea beans. I bought about 1/2 pound but I'm not sure what to do with them. Any suggestions?

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  1. Well, not only have I never cooked with them or tried them, but I never heard of them before. So here's what I found on Google to satisfy my own curiosity, fwiw.

    The Seattle Times had the best overall info with a nice picture

    Snappy, briny 'sea beans' bring the beach to your table

    Hormel also has a nice overall description and says ...

    :"The crisp textured bean stems and leaves can be eaten raw, steamed, boiled, sautéed, or stir-fried to add a unique presentation for fish and seafood dishes. They are often served fresh in salads or can be boiled and served with melted butter for dipping"

    A few web recipes ...

    They seem to be good with eggs and omelets ... A Fritatta variant with Seabeans

    Sea Bean, Porcini, Walnut Salad


    Mussel and Sea Bean Salad

    Seabean Salad

    Gratuitous info ... They are also sold pickled ... the Zuni cookbook has a recipe with one of the many aliases ... glasswort ... I sort of like the French ... haricorts de mer

    More general info

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    1. re: rworange

      Wow, thanks for the links!! The only reason I had heard of them was watching too much "Top Chef" -- I noticed the contestants kept mentioning sea beans in their recipes. I'll try pickling a few and using a few in salads and see how they turn out :) Thanks again!