Often associated with nostalgic trips to the seaside where cockles are sold in small pots by local vendors. The common cockle lives on muddy and sandy shores, between the high tide and low tide mark, and is commonly found in estuaries.

The main fisheries in the UK include the Thames Estuary, Morecombe Bay and Burry Inlet. Cockles have medium-sized clam-like shells, which are rounded and domed with radiating ridges. The meat is soft and bold, similar to clams, and can be cooked in the same way.

Adapted from Love Seafood


Seafood type:


Best during:

January - April , September - December


January - April , September - December

Cooking recommendations:

Poach or steam

Nearest Alternatives:

Clam Oyster Mussels