Samphire with red chilli and olive oil

Serves 4

Skye Gyngell
Sunday 19 June 2011 00:00

This is a very simple dish, and is delicious served with barbecued lamb, roasted sea bass or salmon.

Enough water to cover the samphire
A good pinch of sea salt
1 red chilli
40ml/2 fl oz extra-virgin olive oil
625g/1¼lb samphire, washed and trimmed
1 lemon, quartered

Place a large pot of water on to boil, then add a good pinch of salt.

Slice the chilli in half lengthwise and scrape out the seeds. Cut it into fine strips then chop across so that you have neat, even shapes.

Place the chopped chilli in a bowl and pour over the olive oil and stir.

When the water is boiling, add the samphire and cook until the water returns to the boil – it should take no more than a minute.

Drain in a colander and place in a serving bowl. Spoon over the chilli oil. Serve piping hot with a wedge of lemon.

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