Recipe: Yabbies in Herb Butter

ByAllysia MurrayFebruary 9, 2016
Recipe: Yabbies in Herb Butter

Summer’s here for a little longer yet, and nothing beats cooking fresh food on an open fire after a day behind the wheel with your family or mates. Try out this recipe from Pat Callinan’s Recipes from the Road Glovebox Guide book, which is full of mouth-watering and practical touring recipes.

Serves 4

TIME 20 mins


24 raw yabby tails, peeled
1/2 block butter (125g)
1 clove garlic
1 tablespoon finely chopped onion or shallots
1 tablespoon mixed dried herbs
200ml thickened cream (optional)
salt and pepper


Remove the tails, discarding the heads/thorax. Peel off the shells to leave just the tail meat. Set aside.
In a large pan over gas flame or coals, melt the butter and saute the onion and garlic until soft and golden. Sitr in the herbs and season with salt and pepper.
At this point, you can also add the cream if you prefer creamy sauce.
Add the yabby tails and cook until the tails go darker pink/red in colour and become coated with the sauce.
Serve as an entree with a toothpick in each tail, or serve on a bed of boiled rice with the sauce poured over.

PAT’S TIP: The most delicious fish I’ve ever cooked was Coral Trout, caught off Weipa on Cape York. If you can bag one of these (they live on the reefs just offshore) try and cook it in such a way that the sweet natural flavours permeate through.

Take this and plenty more recipes out on the road, and get your own copy of Pat’s recipe book HERE. Also, let us know your favourite campfire recipes in the comments section below!