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Braised Hogweed Shoots with Crispy Sorrel Crumbs

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Hogweed has a deliciously delicate, grassy flavour with a slight mineral undertone. The young, tender shoots, lightly cooked and buttered make a good side vegetable just as they are – but we like to elevate this classic forager’s dish by adding crisp, tangy breadcrumbs as a crunchy contrast to the soft, velvety greens. Pick the hogweed shoots before the leaves are fully open.

Serves : 4
Prep : 5 minutes
Cook : 5–8 minutes
  • About 200g young hogweed shoots (about 2 handfuls)
  • 25g butter
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper


  • 4 medium-sized leaves of common sorrel
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 60g fresh white breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons freshly grated parmesan


  1. Preheat the oven to 200˚C. To prepare the crispy crumbs, put the sorrel leaves and olive oil into a food processor or blender and blitz well. Put the breadcrumbs and parmesan into a bowl, then trickle over the sorrel oil. Toss the breadcrumbs to mix the oil through evenly, then spread them out on a baking sheet and set aside.
  2. Rinse the hogweed shoots and put them in a heavy pan with the water still clinging to them. Set the pan over a medium heat and cook the hogweed shoots, with a lid on, for 5 minutes.
  3. Draw the pan off the heat, and pop the crumbs into the oven. Bake for 4 minutes (we recommend you put on a timer, to avoid a tray of burnt crumbs!)
  4. Put the pan of hogweed shoots back over the heat and cook for a few moments to boil off any excess water. Add the butter, and cook for a further 2-3 minutes or until the shoots are soft. Add the lemon juice and taste for seasoning.
  5. Turn the hogweed out into a warm serving dish, scatter with the hot crumbs, and serve.


Recipe by Wild Food UK; development and photos by Otherwise


1 comment for Braised Hogweed Shoots with Crispy Sorrel Crumbs

  1. Alistair says:

    Thank you so much, for the guides, the video and the extra help identifying my hogweed.

    It was beyond expectation, truly delicious.

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