Bug tails
Bug meat

Bugs

Bugs also known as slipper lobsters are flattened crustaceans found along the northern half of the Australian coastline. These crustaceans are generally caught as by-catch from prawn trawlers.

 

Moreton Bay Bugs are more common than Balmain Bugs and can be distinguished easily as their eyes are located on the edge of their heads where as the eyes of Balmain bugs are close to the center of their body.

 

Slipper Lobster meat is translucent when raw and white and opaque when cooked. The shell turns red when cooked.

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Additional Information

Cooking Suggestions

Slipper Lobsters are best prepared by poaching, steaming, barbecuing or grilling. They are excellent for cold seafood platters served with a light lemon mayonnaise, aioli or vinaigrette. Bugs and can also be included on a warm salad with fresh asparagus and parmesan.

Health and Nutrition

100g of flesh delivers approx 24g of protein, 0.4g omega-3, 70mg cholesterol and 110 calories

Handy Hint

Bug tail meat is 30% of the bug’s total weight

Fast Fact

Male bugs are smaller than females

Recipe Card

Bugs with Dill Risotto and Browned Butter

Accompaniment

Mornay sauce, Garlic butter

Alternative

Rock Lobster, Prawns, Freshwater Crayfish

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