Best way to cook Boudin Noir?

Any suggestions please.

Depends on the shape, but i usually cut it into slices and fry it in oil (or butter and oil) so it’s crisp on the outside and soft on the inside.


I usually eat it spread on crusty bread… but is that raw or cooked… no idea. :woozy_face:

Can’t stand it, but have been served it by friends a lot over the years and the most acceptable to me was the classic way of pan frying in slices with tart apples. The worst, as in the most boudin noir’y taste, was using it to make a shepherd’s pie type thing.

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Depends on the size and what you’re serving with it. I’ve always been a bit iffy about slicing and frying a black pudding. Horseshoe black puddings on Lancashire outdoor markets were probably my first encounter with fast food, over sixty years ago. They were boiled, sliced horizontally and served in a large, floury muffin with a dab of psychedelic green mint sauce on top. By contrast, industrial vertically sliced, and fried black pudding always remind me of second rate breakfasts in slightly dingy, provincial hotels.

Whilst the award winning black puddings of Bury, Oldham and Rawtenstall markets and their ilk were exceedingly fine, our local Aveyronnaise and Lotoise boudin noir are a different order of beast if only on account of their size. Slicing and frying seems too crude and immediate, whilst boiling something so large, doesn’t seem sufficiently precise (not hot enough throughout and too much flavour lost). That’s why I prefer steaming - lengthy, but worth it.,

I don’t like the dried crust of a fried black pudding/boudin noir, whereas steamed then slit and disembowelled so the contents spill out is for me the essence of boudin noir - but never mind Normandy apples, instead serve it with Dijon mustard and generously buttered spring cabbage - what more could man possibly want?


Usually whole in the oven on a bed of veg like leeks or , whole mixed in with various veg in the Cookeo. Either way it’s delicious.
I always go for the homemade boudin from a local butcher, not the mass produced stuff.


Slight thread hijack incoming……

How similar is boudin noir to black pudding?

Not very.

Black pudding comes in several varieties, but to me the most obvious difference is the presence or absence of lumps of fat. Spicing varies, too, largely with region. Black pudding holds together well, and not just the sad industrial varieties.

Boudin noir has a much softer and uniform consistency, and I haven’t ever seen it with lumps of fat (though there may be varieties like that). It is less spiced than black pudding.

Morcilla, the Spanish version, is spicier - cumin, cinammon for example - and usually contains rice.

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Around here boudin noir can come with all sorts of extras within its casing…
chestnut, caramelised onions, apples… and many other things, depending on the season and locality… a smooth, creamy texture with the odd delicious additive .

I’ve found le boudin noir is a one of the main offerings at the morning break “casse-croûte”, when we’re out with car-club pals. Actually, what they call casse-croûte seems more like a banquet to me… but our French pals simply munch on… and on.

Whichever variety is on offer … I’ve bravely tried them all. Cold of course, spread on crusty bread… and not had to spit any of them out… in fact, I make a beeline for that plate now… delicious, especially accompanied with a glass of something… :rofl:

In Uk… I’ve had black pudding… sliced and fried… OK but nothing to write home about. No idea what it would be like on crusty bread… :rofl:


Boudin noir spiced ‘Antilles’ - I freeze it for an hour, than cube and mix with Toulouse sausage and some pork mince to make pork burgers.

Alternatively as a reminder of my home town cooking, serve it heated on a bed of sauerkraut (with apple and cidre), add some salt pork like a demi sel poitrine and mashed potatoes - almost back in Frankfurt…

I sometimes used to have it boiled for my lunch when in UK.
My granny made the best black pudding when they had killed a pig.
It came in the old Keiller stone marmalade jars and was fried.

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I remember watching a documentary about the making of morcilla, following the demise of the family pig. The abuela supervised the mixture and, before authorising it to be put in the casing to be boiled, tasted it a few times. Raw, of course.


It seems that few folk (if any) in UK would think of eating black pudding spread on crusty bread… :rofl:

I wonder if, in fact, it would spread… ???

UK black pudding has more cereal and fat lumps in it and I think you are right, it would just break up.

My local Butcher (Laurens 34) Boudin Noir, is very similar to my favourite Lancashire black pudding. Black and big circles of fat through it. I either steam and scoop contents on to a plate or slice and slow fry. Delicious!


Lucky you.

You can’t just tease folk like that. Address please. Does he deliver?
Does it really taste like home :grinning: pleeeeese

The only butcher in Laurens 34480. I don’t know whether he delivers or not.


A slight thread hi-jack.

When I first bought boudin at the Intermarche meat counter a year ago I was informed by the cheeky young man that ‘boudin’ could also refer to a young lady… and not in a good way!