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Welsh Laverbread

What's The Big Idea?

Well, it's not bread! Laver - also known as "lava" - is an edible seaweed, high in certain minerals, which is found around the west coast of Britain and east coast of Ireland, and also along the coasts of Japan and Korea, where it is also eaten. The most popular variety is purple laver (Porphyra laciniata), which turns into a greenish pulp once cooked.

Laverbread (Bara Lafwr in Welsh) is a traditional Welsh dish made from the Laver seaweed, which needs to be boiled for several hours and then pureed. The resulting paste can then be bought as "laverbread" in tins or vacuum packed.

Laverbread is traditionally eaten fried with bacon and/or cockles for breakfast, but we think it's worth trying any time of day, especially if there's a Welsh sporting occasion taking place!

Shopping List

Here's the list of what you need:

  • 2 tablespoons oatmeal
  • 8oz Laverbread *
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 8 rashers of bacon
*OK, we're not actually sure if any of the other major high street retailers stock Laverbread, but search online for a supplier and we're sure you'll find one willing to post some to you if your local supermarket or deli doesn't stock it. Click here to buy Laverbread at

What To Do

  • Tip the oatmeal into a small bowl. Shake gently to coat the sides of the bowl
  • Remove any excess liquid from the laverbread. Tip the laverbread into the bowl and toss several times until it is coated with the oatmeal
  • Fry the bacon in a little oil until ready. Remove from the pan but keep the oil/fat/juices
  • Form the laverbread into four individual patties and fry in the hot bacon fat
  • Fry the patties on both sides until the laverbread is cooked. Serve at once with the bacon

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