I Ate What?


Loyalist Dave
September 1, 2010, 06:50 PM
What out of the ordinary animals have you eaten?

OH and sorry, is should be CRITTERS not Citters

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September 1, 2010, 06:58 PM
Coyote, opossom, racoon, earthworms (raw), sandtoads(raw), mayflies, english sparrow, muskrat, horse, raw deer liver, raw octopus, raw eel, many raw fish varieties, kangaroo.

Arkansas Paul
September 1, 2010, 07:16 PM
I've had barbequed coon and beaver. Neither were bad, but if you have to mask the flavor with BBQ sauce, that should tell you something.

Shytheed Dumas
September 1, 2010, 07:23 PM
On top of gator and frog, a friend and I tried to make coon stew back a few decades ago. I wouldn't recommend it.

September 1, 2010, 07:24 PM
I didn't know eating frog legs was odd.

September 1, 2010, 07:26 PM
^^^^^ What he said. I think it really depends on where you were raised as to what is concidered odd. Some people think chitlins are a good thing to eat.

Loyalist Dave
September 1, 2010, 07:30 PM
I like frog legs too, but when I mention them here in the PRoM, even to the folks who live near the French Restaurant that serves them..., I get "odd" reactions.


September 1, 2010, 08:01 PM
Can the French cook or what, too bad there weren't more good French resturants around. Mmmm snails, frog legs, duck liver pate'...

September 1, 2010, 08:15 PM
A cajun buddy of mine once picked up a turtle and made some kind of a stew out of it. It was awesome.

September 1, 2010, 08:18 PM

Ike R
September 1, 2010, 11:34 PM
Nutria isn't half bad when cooked over an open flame, also had several varietys of snake cooked on a stick and would eat them all again.

Alligator is a staple food to many people around here, as are turtles and their eggs, though I don't care for turtle unless its in a Sauce' Picau.

Possum, Armadillo, and coon I have had and of the 3 I would only eat coon again.

Blackbirds make a great gumbo as long as you don't add okra (okra=yuck in anything to me though)

September 2, 2010, 12:18 AM
Rattlesnakes are good, tree squirrels are just awesome. Coyote is pretty gross. Jackrabbits have a bad reputation but the one I ate was very good. Bobcat is very good too. I'd like to try horse and domestic dog... the hawaiians say black dog is good eatin;)

September 2, 2010, 12:23 AM
Balut: Duck Embryo
Frog legs
Alligator tail

Tim the student
September 2, 2010, 12:38 AM
Of that list, all I've had are frog legs, and "other" (horse).

September 2, 2010, 02:04 AM
Funny, you guys are mostly listing off what most people would call "trash" animals, namely animals that don't tend to eat well and therefore usually don't taste good. Personally I don't find many of these odd and would probably eat some. The strangest foods to me are the ones that people with money tend to eat. Like Foie Gras or caviar. I mean, seriously, FISH EGGS? Blech! And the things they do to Geese to get Foie Gras are pretty bad. There's some other stuff I wanted to mention but it's late so I forgot.

Oh yeah there was that episode of Man vs Wild where he ate a skunk. He gagged. 'Nuff said.

September 2, 2010, 02:16 AM
I've traveled enough and eaten with enough people in enough places that I can only imagine what I may have unwittingly eaten, and what parts .:barf:

September 2, 2010, 06:37 AM
Robins ( Long time ago! )
Whale ( Nasty! )
Jack Rabbit ( Also Nasty! )
Sting ray
Meadow Larks
Sand Pipers

Double Naught Spy
September 2, 2010, 07:17 AM
Pocket Gopher

September 2, 2010, 08:23 AM
During my two year sojourn to the lovely environs of Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and the Philippines, I was informed that I have eaten dog, cat, horse and possibly rat disguised as something else...and I don’t really care to know the truth.

I've kowingly eaten alligator prepared by a game chef and I really enjoyed it.

September 2, 2010, 08:44 AM
me and a buddy set out in the woods intent on coming back to camp to grill a porkie, but quickly realized we were ill prepared to butcher it. Them things are wicked!

September 2, 2010, 09:03 AM
Where's the option for crow? :scrutiny:

September 2, 2010, 09:06 AM
Buffalo (better then beef)
Emu (oily)
I love Foie Gras
Posole & Hominy
Then the various bits of regular animals that people forget about (Fish cheeks, lengua, shredded pork skin, etc)
I've never knowingly eaten dog or cat, but I've had my share of Taco of the day from road side vendors so ...

September 2, 2010, 10:00 AM
Being retired military and having been deployed to the middle east, only the good Lord above knows what I've eaten at the chow hall. I've had Camel, could identify it as it was in the chow hall and you had to cut your meat off it it. Dang thing had an apple in its mouth, like they do with pigs. I've eaten arabian beef and I've never seen a cow anywhere in the middle east. It was next to the regular beef burgers and the color, texture and taste was like no beef I'd ever eaten. Then there was the crunchy greenish/brown meat like substance that tcn (third country national) laughed when he placed it on my plate. Or the odd shaped chicken (?) wings that still had hair on them and did not taste like chicken. Can you say thank God for MRE's. :)

September 2, 2010, 10:13 AM
I voted Other... Sparrow

I'm pretty sure that I've eaten frog legs, but it would have been when I was quite young.

September 2, 2010, 10:36 AM
frog legs,gator tail. Nats,flys,mosquitos and the like traveling on the motorcycle. yuck!

September 2, 2010, 10:46 AM
In my world travels and meals, it wasn't so much out-of-the-ordinary critters. What I found odd was that we et the whooooole critter. Specifically, in northern Chile, when we had asados <<BBQs>>, we would get a live goat for the event. The only parts not eaten by the humanoids were the skin, bone and horns. I would have to say that the strangest thing I ate was "goat lung". Everything else was a bit more normal meat. Seriously, if you want a great BBQ, get yourself a fresh goat. They are great eating.


September 2, 2010, 01:20 PM
The big secret to fixing alot of small, greasy critters is to par-boil them with some potatos, carrots & onion for a couple hours, then rosting them. Much of the "gamey" taste is in the fat. This works well with coon, opposum, skunk, bobcat, muskrat & beaver.

September 2, 2010, 01:41 PM
In Korea, I was fed dog from a bulgogi stand on the street by my drunken chortling friends. Who then had a good laugh after I ate it. Then I ordered seconds because it was delicious. Then I felt really bad the next day when I sobered up.

Muskrat was a pretty staple fare in the swampy corner of SE Michigan I grew up in. The VFW, Elks, etc, would buy up all the meat from trappers (yeah, muskrat used to be worth trapping back in ancient times - the 60's) and have muskrat cook-offs. It doesn't taste like chicken, but it's not bad.

The local delicacy here in Kodiak is Seal liver. It doesn't taste like cow or pig liver, it tastes sweet and fatty and really good - like the fat from a really prime cut of steak, but with a different texture.

And every year we make red caviar - salmon eggs. Red caviar doesn't taste fishy, but like egg yolks with a stronger flavor, a good flavor... like egg yolks, but more so, except they "pop" in your mouth. If you tried it, you'd like it!

September 2, 2010, 01:49 PM
We made salmon roe (ikura) in Alaska and it was outstanding. Very very good.

September 2, 2010, 02:06 PM
Ikura is Japanese style caviar and it's waaaaay too salty for my taste. We make traditional Russian malasol caviar - malasol means "low salt" in Russian. It won't "keep" like ikura, so you have to eat it fresh. But it tastes much better.

September 2, 2010, 07:12 PM
Armadillo, coon, possum, beaver, gator,frog legs, squirrels, squirrel brains, venison heart, liver, and kidneys. It's not game, but Scottish haggis, New Mexican menudo, and real South Alabama homemade souse made from every part of a hogs head. My old great aunt used to cook chitlins, but one smell was enough to move me out of the house.

September 2, 2010, 07:22 PM
I've eaten dried squid, very rich, like a double chocolate cake. It tastes about like it smells.

I've eaten giant clams, you know, the ones that seem to trap the divers leg in the movies. They are good, but I felt bad after eating it, as I realized how many years the thing had to live to become that big.

September 2, 2010, 08:11 PM
happy to see alot of frog leg eaters in the house. kinda surprised me.

September 2, 2010, 09:42 PM
Frog is good-eats.

Fish eggs rolled in flour and fried in butter. Add some dandelion green, or pig weed greens with butter, vinegar, salt and pepper and you're set.

Pig tail fried in lard.

Dang-it-almighty, ya'll are takin' me back to my redneck days on the farm!


September 2, 2010, 10:38 PM
Tried froglegs once years back then promply quit gigging. Them things are nasty. Tried emu aint bad with bbq sauce on it. Camel aint fit to eat neither is kangaroo. Most other small critters that could be trapped,shot,or caught on a fishing line was regular meals on my table when I was growing up.

September 2, 2010, 11:53 PM
Well I'm sure caviar is great and all but the point I was making was more about how odd it is that anybody would even say "What the heck is that?! ...Okay I'll try some." :D But hey every culture and stripe has their own delicacies and most of them are far more disgusting than what's been listed here. For instance MY people STILL eat this stuff in the old old country.


Though nowadays it's more because of tradition than necessity. This stuff is so bad that they take a shot of straight schnapps with every bite.

Ike R
September 3, 2010, 12:09 AM
@303Jeff...if you have ever ate that stuff ...you win.

I gagged just reading about it

September 3, 2010, 12:24 AM
@303Jeff...if you have ever ate that stuff ...you win.

I gagged just reading about it
lol No, I haven't but at some point in my life I plan on going to the old country to Oslo and try to find out more about my great-grandfather whose family came over here on a boat. I'll give it a try. I'm gonna need a big shot of brennivin though.

September 5, 2010, 08:17 AM
My aunt learned me long ago not to ask what dinner was. Just put some hot sauce on it and shut up.

nutria, possum, frogs, gators, bat, various bugs, and lord only knows what my aunt has fed me

Art Eatman
September 5, 2010, 09:38 AM
Yup. You can tell if a biker's happy by the bugs in his teeth. :D

Frog legs are scrumptious. Back in the way-back-when, Mac'n'Nell's Fish Camp at Orange Lake, Florida, served gator tail as part of their cafeteria style deal. Plus turtle and fish. Veggies, iced tea and dessert: $1.50. Airboat rides extra.

Fried rattlesnake is another "tastes like chicken" deal. "Snake fingers". :D

September 5, 2010, 09:43 AM
Frog legs are great, we used to hunt them and fry up the legs in butter and garlic when I was in summer camp, yummy. Here in Japan I've eaten strange stuff; horse sashimi, whale sashimi (didn't know what it was beforehand, gagged when they told me). When I was living in a village in Africa they fed me chicken, I recognized the parts only cause I remembered them from physiology class in college. That was gross!

September 5, 2010, 11:30 AM
Dang, I go to that "scottish" restuarant, (you know, the one with the arches) Ain't no tellin' what I have eaten.:eek::what::what:

September 13, 2010, 01:59 PM


I just returned from Mongolia, here are some of the tasty treats from a ger in the south Gobi.


September 13, 2010, 03:41 PM
Quote: from Art Eatman
"Frog legs are scrumptious. Back in the way-back-when, Mac'n'Nell's Fish Camp at Orange Lake, Florida, served gator tail as part of their cafeteria style deal. Plus turtle and fish. Veggies, iced tea and dessert: $1.50. Airboat rides extra."

Art, sounds like that was a dandy place...When was that...? Any idea if that fish camp still exists, even if by another name...?

September 13, 2010, 03:54 PM
"I mean, seriously, FISH EGGS?"

I'm not much on shad roe, but herring roe fried in bacon grease is really good. During the spring migration you can catch herring by jigging bare gold hooks.

Cooking the actual fish, well, we don't. We salt the fillets down in jars and let the salt dissolve all of the bones. Shad get cooked for hours, either over a slow fire or in a 200* oven with the door open.

My favorite food is conch salad. Raw conch cut up in a bowl with some veggies and peppers and lime juice to 'cook' it.

Now I'm hungry again.

September 13, 2010, 04:07 PM
I ate fried squid while in Spain, taste like tough shrimp. NOTE: Chinese restaurants are always getting in trouble for cooking house cats.

September 13, 2010, 04:26 PM
Aside from some of the options; snapping turtle, horse, donkey, mule...flying fish, tree rat aka "squirrel", regular rats aka "millers", wood chuck, and plenty of arthropods and mollusks.

The Italian Army's donkey tortellini was outstanding for mess hall grub.

"If wishes were horses, we'd all be eating steak." -Jayne, Firefly

September 22, 2010, 09:43 PM
Turtle stew - mmmm!
Served my parents braised armadillo for their 41st anniversay back in'80. They loved it. For years I had to kill a 'dillo when going to visit them.

Diamondback is good fried. Coon's okay if cleaned properly ( get all those 'glands' out.) Coot breast is fine eating.

September 22, 2010, 11:42 PM
Compared to you guys...I'm a wimp. I've had Gator, that's about it from the list. I actually like gator jerky better than beef jerky. Well, sometimes...depends who cooked it. Not all jerky is created equal. :)

I'm willing to try new things, but I prefer not to find out what it was until I'm well removed from it afterwords.

September 23, 2010, 12:12 AM
gator for me too======who ate a bat

some of the guys in south Louisiana i worked with would eat anything that wont eat them first

September 23, 2010, 06:03 PM
Rattlesnake soup, squirrel, frog's legs, dried squid, and whale.

September 23, 2010, 06:52 PM
I've eaten dog...here in the United States and knowingly. It was similar to eating some cuts of pork.

Used to eat horse relatively often, but it became illegal to sell horse meat here in the U.S. a few years back so that pleasure is now forgone. It is a nice meat, leaner than beef and with a slightly different taste.

Raw beef, raw fish, roe of many different varities. Dried squid. Cooked squid, cooked octopus. More kinds of fish than I can recall really. Almost forgot raw sea urchin, fresh from tidepools, cracked open with a screwdriver and then dressed with a squeeze of lemon. You just suck down the black, tarry looking contents.

Frogs, eels, 'gator, yup, of course.

Squirrels a plenty, moose, caribou, bear, elk, venison, rabbit, pheasant, duck, goose, turkey, all wild game, not store bought.

Ate sparrows in Spain from street vendors. Goat in Mexico, plus lengua (tongue) here and there. My dad ate cat, camel, and donkey during WWII, so I suppose that counts as a known experience.

The really funny thing is that I was a vegetarian for quite a few years! :D

September 23, 2010, 10:12 PM
"who ate a bat"

That would be Ozzy Osborne.

September 24, 2010, 12:47 AM
Nobody mentioned groundhog or did I miss it. I used to make a groundhog stew and even got the recipe published.

September 24, 2010, 02:27 AM
Eels and raw fish, fish eggs, goose liver just means ya live in California and make a bit over minimum wage, everyone's had the odd experiment and had sushi.

Goose liver fully deserves all the hype, it's heavenly.

I only recently tried frogs' legs, they're good. Like fishy chicken. Good if you like fish. And chicken.

I need to start trying some of the birds around here, I've read someone describing crow they tried as "like duck but more tender" which sounds pretty good. And we've got to cull some of the geese and roosters around here. Plus it seems the local doves are an invasive species....

September 24, 2010, 08:14 AM
i believe consuming "critters" is considered low class by most of the locals...:scrutiny:

September 24, 2010, 08:16 AM
Does racoon fit in the "other" catagory?

September 24, 2010, 09:47 AM
Rattlesnake soup, squirrel, frog's legs, dried squid, and whale

I've always wondered what whale tastes like. Care to elaborate? I knew a LaFrance when I lived back in AZ.

September 24, 2010, 10:09 AM
I had whale sashimi in Japan. It's a dark red meat that looks like the red parts of tuna.(which is how they tricked me into trying it) I don't remember the taste being that special tho.
Offered but not eaten: boiled silkworms in Thailand, live insects in Mexico, grasshopper and rat in Africa.

September 24, 2010, 10:12 AM
Did a week in TX... ate snake and gator :)

September 24, 2010, 11:20 PM
I saw turtle mentioned several times.. If you were a Florida boy you would know that softshelled turtle is called "cooter" and can be quite good. Another good one is beefalo. Some farmers in Nebraska actually crossed the two and it was really good. They actually had steaks in the corner store for a while. Idea was to get an animal that could survive the West Nebraska winters outdoors and still produce tender meat faster that the typical buff could.. the other reason was because the buffalo had a nasty habit of putting their head down and pushing through about any fence when they decided to move. The cross seemed to loose some of the cantankerous attitude.

September 25, 2010, 02:59 PM
I have the belief that if you shoot it, you eat it. Therefore I have eaten a varied amount of critters: skunk, oppossum, bobcat, copperhead, frog legs, gator tail, snapping turtle, breast of woodpecker, grasshopper, cricket, meal worm, I didn't really shoot some of these things. I believe the best of all was oppossum. One night on the way home I had to swerve to miss hitting one, but saw that the oncoming car hit it. Turned around, stomped it out of its missery, took it home skinned it out, encluding the fat, and put it in the crock pot. Got up the next morning, boned the meat, put barbecue sauce in with it and took it to work, along with a loaf of bread. Co-workers ate it up. After friends told them what it was, one gal argued that she had had opposum, and that what I had brought was beef. Another person turned green, went to the bathroom and thru up. He then went home. Another time I brought barbequed copperhead cut in little pieces with toothpicks sticking up. Forgot the time I ate an old crow. He had great flavor, but was sure tough.

September 25, 2010, 03:13 PM
I love rattle snake, I wish you could get it at the butcher shop.

September 25, 2010, 04:14 PM
I have eaten:

Water Buffalo

and they all tasted like chicken.

September 26, 2010, 04:04 AM
Lynx was good, even after they told me what I had eaten...LOL!!!

Heck, if it walks, crawls, flys, swims , borrows underground or grows tward the sun , Ill give it a try :D

September 27, 2010, 08:33 AM
A buddy of mine recently had the opportunity to try a humpback whale that washed up on the beach in Mozambique. It was 'prepared' by the locals, his description was priceless: 'Humpback tastes like a cross between hardhead catfish, and pencil erasers'

September 27, 2010, 08:48 AM
A buddy of mine recently had the opportunity to try a humpback whale that washed up on the beach in Mozambique. It was 'prepared' by the locals, his description was priceless: 'Humpback tastes like a cross between hardhead catfish, and pencil erasers'

sounds like eating ROAD KILL, who knows how long that thing was dead and what it died from:barf:

September 27, 2010, 09:12 AM
When in Rome...

October 1, 2010, 12:56 PM
I should be allowed to vote again. A couple days ago, it was my wife's birthday, and I took her to the restaurant of her choice. While there, I had a chance to sample a couple different types of wild boar, but the most interesting item was some sausage made from rattlesnake. I have to say that it was my favorite, just behind the beef tenderloin of course.

November 6, 2010, 04:14 PM
Raw Octopus
Raw Squid
Raw Fish
Dog stew (Caldereta)
Cat inside rice buns
Sauteed Boa Constrictor
Grilled bat
Monitor Lizard adobo
Fried Ant Eggs
Grilled wood borrer larvae
Frog Leg
Cobra (drunk it's blood and ate the heart raw)
1 day old chick
unhatched duck egg with it's embryo inside...

hmmm yummy. just think of something while shoving those foods inside your throat

November 7, 2010, 12:10 AM
Octopus - grilled
Pigeon - shot in Grandma's saw mill - I'd never eat city birds
Chicken feet - yuck!!
Cow brain - fried - tasty
I didn't like frog legs either.

Grandma wouldn't allow Raccoon or Possum in her kitchen. I figured if she wouldn't cook it I wouldn't eat it. I watched her fix sausage and "grits". Grandma's grits weren't corn - they were about anything edible you could get from a pigs head mixed with lard and oats.

November 7, 2010, 02:44 AM
Does BBQ eel count? Not actually sure it was BBQ'd, but it had BBQ sauce on it. We were at a sushi place and I was trying to order beef teriyaki, but my (India Indian) wife kept elbowing me in the gut, her grandfather was there and he didn't/doesn't eat beef...so my FIL ordered for everyone, so I got BBQ eel which is better than Dahl.... yuck!

November 7, 2010, 02:52 AM
Geez. I thought us Cajuns were weird.

November 7, 2010, 03:42 AM
Kangaroo, tastes like venison, but dry.
Crocodile. Tastes like chicken.

In the seafood area, not weird to me, but may be to others:
Squid, Octopus, swordfish, shark, scampi, oysters, muscles, crab, fresh water & saltwater crayfish, shovelnose lobster. Pretty much if it lives in the sea, isn't attached to a rock and doesn't squish between the toes when I stand on it then I'm willing to eat it. :)

November 7, 2010, 11:30 AM
My grandma went to Australia and had Kangaroo tail steak. I'm still envious

November 7, 2010, 01:51 PM
I've only had gator, and it was dang tasty.

November 10, 2010, 10:48 AM
Of all the odd meats, I'd have to say the green hamburger meat served in the public school systems here in Texas during the early 50's would probably rank near the top of the mystery chart for 'other odd animals'. I've hunted & cooked & shopped in local meat markets, open & enclosed & traveled about the world a bit doing it & have yet to ever see a critter w/green meat;-)

November 11, 2010, 10:09 AM
Beluga whale
Bowhead whale
Salmon roe
Whitefish roe

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