Crayfish Agnalotti


  • One medium sized crayfish
  • I fillet of white fish
  • 2 x lemons
  • 6 vine riped tomatoes (the riper the better)
  • 10 eggs
  • 100mls cream
  • 250 gm flour
  • Salt
  • Olive Oil
  • Wild Greens
    • Wood sorrel
    • Mustard Flower
    • Iceplant
    • Watercress
    • Fennel Fronds
  • Piping bag
  • Fluted Pasta wheel


Tomato Water Crush the tomatoes and place in cheese cloth covered sieve on a collection bowl overnight in the fridge to allow the clear water from the tomatoes to collect. You can speed up the process by squeezing them through the cloth. Agnalotti Dough Add 8-10 egg yolks to 250 grams of flour with a dash of salt and knead or use food processor until dough forms. Roll out to form sheets. Crayfish Kill the crayfish by first chilling it down in a freezer or ice slurry of -1C then placing a knife lengthways through the shell behind the eyes.   Then boil the crayfish for 6 minutes.   Cut the crayfish tail into chunks and separate leg and shell meat along with the crayfish mustard (stomach contents) and set aside. Agnalotti Filling Add crayfish offcuts and mustard to blender with 1 small fillet of fish, lemon zest and a quarter lemon squeezed. Add white of one egg and 50 mls of cream and blend to form a paste. If too thick add more cream. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Agnalotti Add filling to piping bag and pipe a 1cm line of mixture down the pasta sheet. Fold the pasta sheet over and seal the edge and ends. Pinch the pasta with your fingers to form 1.5cm long packets of filling. Using a fluted pasta cutter, cut the edge and in between the parcels to form rectangular pockets. Then fold the flat edge up to bond with ends of the parcel and flatten the bottom so they sit upright. Poach in boiling water for 3 or 4 minutes until they float to the surface signalling they are cooked.

Plating Up

Heat the tomato water and add to a wide bowl, add a tablespoon of good quality olive oil. Place the agnalotti into the tomato water. Garnish with a generous amount of wild greens and place the chunks of crayfish on the top, season and serve.

Chef Rob Cullen

Wine Match


Old Kaikoura Winery