22nd Nov 2013

The Pride of the South Island: Crayfish in Kaikoura

The beauty of New Zealand's South Island is second to none and the abundance of fresh seafood that can be found there is a real treat.

Kaikoura is famous for its crayfish and you just have to try it to understand why. There are a few roadside caravans selling freshly caught crays just North of the sleepy seaside town, but the most iconic and renowned is Nin's Bin. 

Nin's Bin has been serving crayfish since the mid 70's and the little shack has been passed down through the generations of the Clarke family. It is now run by the original owners' grandson; Ricky Clarke. This is the perfect place to stop for a picnic and enjoy stunning ocean views and delicous food.

In terms of taste, the closest thing a crayfish can be compared to is lobster, except crayfish meat is slightly sweeter and meatier in its texture. I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to cook up some crays with Ricky himself, using his grandfather’s original recipe. This recipe is to feature in my next book; The Locals Cookbook: New Zealand.

A big thanks to Ricky and Nin's Bin for the great food...