Yearning for Yabbies

With more water and summer approaching, it’s yabbie season in Outback NSW!

We enjoy catching yabbies and, like many Australians, have fond memories of catching yabbies as children if you’re along the freshwater river system.

Now is an excellent time to cast an approved net and catch some large yabbies from the river and billabong and out at our property Warrawong on the Darling, we have scored a great catch this weekend!

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We’ve been cooking yabbies and serving them to our guests at our NSW Outback hotels for years.  It’s a great way to start a barbeque or, if you’re out in the country, a simple snack to keep you going while fishing. We’ve been asked how to season and cook the yabbies the best way, and we usually cook them in their own water with a good cup of salt for flavouring.

Alternatively, you can add 1 longneck of beer, cold water, 1 tsp coriander seeds, 1 tsp salt,1 lemon rind and juice, Parsley stalks.

Place the yabbies in the freezer for 10 minutes to kill them. Insert a knife just behind the eyes in the middle of the head, then pull the knife away from the tail.

Place the yabbies in a pot with the remaining ingredients and just enough water to cover them. Bring to a boil, then remove from the heat immediately. Place a lid on top of the pot and set it aside until it has cooled enough for you to put your hands in the water.

You should have deliciously cooked yabbies to enjoy amongst family and friends.