Goose Barnacles

Goose Barnacles are widely consumed and an expensive delicacy in Portugal .

You will find Goose Barnacles  ( Percebes , in Portuguese ) specially in the Southwestern of the Portuguese Coast in Alentejo . Along the sandy white beaches you will find amazing restaurants with the local delicacies .

Goose Barnacles, Percebes

Take a break from the hot weather in the summer ( sometimes into 110º F / 120º F ) and enter at a local restaurant. Relief your senses with this delicacy.

What is the taste of this delicacy?

Probably the best way to describe this taste of Portugal is saying that they are softer than squid and firmer than crab. They have an intense flavour if you compare with mussels ( Portugal has also mussels has a local seafood) .

Its an excellent option for seafood lovers and they are delicious. To eat Goose Barnicles you need to take out the stalk from the calciferious mass where they grow, snap the head and peel back the thick.

Where to find to eat?

You will find Boose Barnacles in several Petiscos and Seafood restaurants in Portugal. Better locations along the coast, where the gastronomy is much more connected with the seafood culture.

Outside Portugal …

You can also find Percebes in Spain ( specially in Galicia and Asturias ), Morocco (along the Mediterranean Coast ) and in Canada .

Recipe of Goose Barnicles


  • 1 kg goose barnacles
  • 3 l sea water or equivallent with water and similar salt concentration
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 6 bay leaves


  • First of all, wash the goose barnacles under running water to remove all the sand and grit.
    Choose a good saucepan, add water, bay leaves, garlic and bring to the boil.
  • While boiling add the washed goose barnacles.
  • Bring to the boil again and remove immediately. Now it is the moment to taste Portugal.

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