These Azores-style grilled limpets (lapas) are so tasty! If you want to try a traditional flavour of the Azores islands, you have to try this recipe.
Preheat the Barbecue to 450 ºF with the lid closed.
Fill a large bowl with cold water and mix in sea salt until it tastes like ocean water.
Add the limpets to the cold water and let them defrost until none of the limpets are stuck to each other. You can gently help detach them.
In a small microwavable bowl, add the butter, garlic powder and ketchup.
Heat in the microwave for just a few seconds until the butter is softened.
Mix the garlic butter mixture well.
Place the limpets on a flat topper or griddle that can be used on hot barbecue grates/grids.
Brush the top of the limpets with the garlic butter mixture.
Place the flat topper or griddle on the hot barbecue grates/grids and leave the lid open.
Cook until the limpets start to disconnect from their shells. This can take about 8 to 10 minutes.
Squeeze lemon juice over the cooked limpets and enjoy them hot with some Portuguese cornbread or on their own.
Limpets may not be easy to find in your area. If you live in the Greater Toronto Area, you can find them in the Fortino's frozen foods section.