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The Taste of Frogs

Updated on February 1, 2013

No, I don't mean what do frogs like to eat. I mean what do frogs taste like when humans eat them? To tell you the truth, frogs taste kind of like chicken. Like chicken, the frog takes on the flavor of the sauce, really. When cooked right, frogs can be quite tasty.

Frog has the same color and texture as chicken, but perhaps a bit more slimier -- not in a bad way, I just can not describe it. Let's just say it is smoother than what a dry chicken breast might be.

However, unlike a chicken, a frog has a very high bone to meat ratio. That means a frog has a lot less meat and a lot more bones (and some very tiny bones at that). You won't get a big piece of fillet or breast from a frog as you would from a chicken.

Where can you find frogs?

You can find frogs in ponds and streams. But I would recommend getting them from a reputable restaurant instead. Not all frogs are edible. You know that, right?

Frog can be found on the menus of some select Asian and French restaurants. French has some great interesting food. Rabbit is another one of French's cuisine. Anyways, back frogs. Some ethic grocery marketplace may sell whole uncooked frogs (sometimes live ones too).

The meatiest part of the frog is probably the legs. That is why many frog dishes involves only the legs. But the taste depends on the specie of the frog. In France, they traditionally believe that the green frog has the tastiest legs.

According to Wikipedia ...

"Frog legs are one of the better-known delicacies of French and Cantonese cuisine. They are also eaten in other regions, such as Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, the region of Alentejo in Portugal, Spain, Slovenia, northwest Greece, and Northern Italy, as well as the Southern regions of the United States."

How Are Frogs Cooked?

Are you sure you want to cook frog yourself? I would recommend leaving it to the French experts to cook it for you. The cooking is not the problem. The problem is the preparation.

It involves making a T-shape incision across the neck in order to peel off the skin at the corners. Then you have to sever the spine without damaging the legs. Uh, now you have to chop and toss the feet (we don't want those).

Then... You have to soak the legs in cold water for 12 hours and change the water 3 to 4 times within that period. After drying the legs, you can cook it in any one of the many styles.

LiveStrong.com has an overview of an 6 step process using the pan-frying style. But it can be stewed, placed in soup, deep fried, sauteed, or grilled.

FrogLegs.org has some good recipes and resources on where to buy.

Perhaps, if you want to try cooking it yourself, you might be able to find legs that have been cleaned, prepared, and pre-packaged for you first.

Amazon has some frozen frog legs, but I have not tried. I don't think I want to buy frozen food through Amazon. I mean, how are they going to ship it to you? Are they going to send it by refrigerated freight? Does UPS have a cold storage or frig in their trucks during the distribution and transport? I don't know.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I have never had them....not because I think they would taste horrible....just never happened so far. Thanks for the information and Happy New Year to you my friend.

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