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Rattlesnake Nuggets Recipe- The Other-Other White Meat

Updated on February 24, 2014
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Jules Corriere is a playwright and theater director, having written over 40 plays, one of them performing at the Kennedy Center in D.C.

A Snake Bite You'll Love

Before my job took me to Walton County, Florida, I'd never heard of a rattlesnake roundup, and wasn't quite sure what one was until some kind community members took me to their annual festival. The roundup is held in order to maintain the rattlesnake population in the region. There are even prizes given at the roundup, for categories, such as largest snake found, the largest number of snakes caught, the snake with the most rattles, just to name a few. Unlike some of the roundups held in the old west, though, the folks around Walton County made use of their catches, and fed the curious, sometimes squeamish masses. Once the judging was completed, tents around the grounds were filled with such exotic fare as rattlesnake chili and rattlesnake stew. I was not brave enough to try those. It was my first rattlesnake after all. After walking around, I found myself in front of the tent with the longest line, which included many children. What could it be? If you guessed Rattlesnake Nuggets, you are correct. And for those of you who have visited my Spicy Gator Nuggets lens, you already know that I think any kind of nugget is just plain fun. So, why not. I stood in line and got my basket, served with a side of ranch dressing to dip it in. Everyone says rattlesnake tastes just like chicken. I didn't think so. It had sort of the texture of chicken, though. To me, it tasted deep fried and golden brown, just like any other food that is deep fried and golden brown. (Especially dipped in ranch dressing.) So for those of you brave enough to try it...or for those of you who already participate in roundups and are looking for a Louisiana take on the recipe, here's my version. Enjoy.

rattlesnake nuggets with ranch dressing
rattlesnake nuggets with ranch dressing


Most of these are usually on hand in a Southern Kitchen (except the snake, of course)

1 rattlesnake, cut into nuggets

1 egg

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp minced garlic

1 TBS Tony Chachere's Creole Seasoning

1 cup milk

1 tsp cayenne pepper

1/2 cup flour

rattlesnake roundup
rattlesnake roundup


Beat the egg and milk together in a bowl. In a separate bowl, combine the flour and spices. Dip the nuggets in the egg mixture, and then dredge in the flour mixture. Deep fry at 375 degrees until crispy and golden brown.

Would You Try It?

barbeque rattlesnake tail
barbeque rattlesnake tail

If you had the chance, would you ever try Rattlesnake?

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For The Squeamish

Especially My Mom

If you are like my mom and get the shivers just thinking about snakes, here is a nice picture of a butterfly.

This is a Video of the Country's Largest Rattlesnake Roundup

If you get too creeped out, you can always scroll back up and look at the pretty butterfly.

Guestbook - Please let me know what you think about rattlesnakes!

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      zentao 6 years ago

      I never thought I would say it...but you make rattlesnake look tasty. I would actually like to try one. But I am not catching my dinner!

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      E L Seaton 6 years ago from Virginia

      My motto is try it at least once before making disparaging remarks. Great lens. Next time I'm in FL, I hope it's round up time. No such delicacy here in VA.

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      Laraine Sims 6 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      I like the butterfly! We have rattlers in our area but I've lived here over 20 years in the country, am an active hiker and have never seen one. (I hope that I never do.)

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      anilsaini 6 years ago

      very nice lens

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      Sniff It Out 6 years ago

      I don't suppose I will ever get the chance to eat rattlesnake but I would definitely give it a go if it was available.

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      Jules Corriere 6 years ago from Jonesborough TN

      @Kailua-KonaGirl: I didn't try it barbecued, though I passed by the tents with BBQ rattlers. It looked too much like "snake" for me! Haha. The nuggets were far less intimidating to a first-time eater of snake. So one question-- what would you serve as a side-dish for teriyaki bbq rattler? Rice or potatoes? (Really...I want to know!)

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      Jules Corriere 6 years ago from Jonesborough TN

      @darciefrench lm: Thanks so much for visiting my lenses! I've looked through yours a bunch, too. I'm glad you appreciated my humor with the butterfly. Even with that on the page, I don't think my mom would click on this link!!

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      June Parker 6 years ago from New York

      Welcome to Squidoo and Congratulations on your new âYouâve Got Potentialâ trophy! I personally love eating rattlesnake, but have never tried it your way. When I went rattlesnake hunting in both Arizona and Colorado, I would make teriyaki sauce and barbeque the meat on the grill. Leave it to a Hawaiian to think of that, but it was delish! LOL! Next time I get back to ArizonaI'll have to try your recipe.

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      darciefrench lm 6 years ago

      I laughed at the 'nice picture of a butterfly' thrown in for the squeamish. I'd try rattlesnake nuggets, sure!

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      Jackie Block 6 years ago from SE Michigan

      While I've never had snake meat, I would be open to trying it. I'm sure it would be yummy! Thanks for sharing your recipe, but in Michigan we only have one type of rattlesnake, and I've never seen one.