How to Make Deep Fried Butterflies
My aunt Sue loves fried food. She always talks about the day her mom made deep fried butterflies. She said they were the best thing she ever tasted. Thankfully, she was able to get the recipe from her mom before she passed. I’m bestowing the family secret to you now, because something like deep fried butterflies should not be kept secret!
- 100 butterflies (doesn’t really matter the type of butterfly…no moths though)
- Cooking Oil
- Tempura Batter Mix
- Tartar sauce
Cooking stuff you need:
- Butterfly Net
- Tupperware Container or Glass Jar with lid
- Fry Daddy or equivalent deep fryer
- Quart size Ziploc freezer bag
- Portable cooler with ice
- Obtain butterflies. I have yet been able to find a store that sells butterflies. I’ve even performed extensive on-line searches for potential butterfly vendors. For the past six years I’ve been trying to catch butterflies. I leave the butterfly net and Tupperware container in my car. I sometimes even carry the butterfly net and Tupperware container with me during trail runs or hikes. If I see a butterfly, I chase it down with my net. If I actually catch the butterfly, I carefully put it in the Tupperware container. The transfer from net to container is tricky and I’ve had a number of them get away during this process. If I am successful catching a butterfly and transferring it to the Tupperware container, it is critical to get the butterfly home as soon as possible. It’s important the butterflies are fresh; therefore you have to freeze them while they are still alive. Based on my experience, the butterfly will only last about 1 hour in the Tupperware. This is on an average day. If it is really hot outside, they typically only last about 20 minutes. I started carrying a portable cooler full of ice with me at all times, just in case I’m too far away from home and happen to nab a butterfly. The next part…the transfer from the Tupperware container to the freezer bag is also tricky. This takes some skill to master. It’s not as easy as you may think. Sure, for the first butterfly it was easy, because I was able to place the freezer bag over the Tupperware container and when I opened the Tupperware container, the butterfly flew into the freezer bag. The problem now though is I have quite a few butterflies in the freezer bag and they will all fall out if I try putting the bag over the Tupperware container. To remedy this, I open the freezer bag and place it sideways on the table. I also place the Tupperware container sideways with the opening facing the freezer bag opening. The idea is to try to get the butterfly to fly into the freezer bag, so you can quickly close it up. My success rate with the transfer from Tupperware container to freezer bag has been about 70%. Every now and then, a butterfly will get lose and fly around my house. I simply go to the car and get my net and try to catch it again. I now have 38 butterflies in my freezer bag. That’s an average of 6.333 butterflies per year. I’m not sure I can hold out until I get the full 100, but I figure at my current rate, I’ll have 50 in two more years. This is enough for a half portion.
2. Thaw the butterflies.
3. Remove the wings, legs, and antennas from each butterfly.
4. Thoroughly batter the butterflies with the Tempura Batter.
5. Deep fry the butterflies for 5 minutes.
6. Remove from deep fryer and place on paper towels.
7. Serve with tartar sauce.