I truly eat fried frog legs at least once a week during the summer and early fall. Not because I hunt for my own, but because they’re plentiful during those times.
I have been frog gigging several times and caught my own fresh frog legs, but that was a long time ago when I also used to stay up all night and catch catfish. If you’ve never gigged frogs, I suggest you try it at least once.
Freshly caught frogs taste way better than what you get in the grocery stores. I also don’t eat as many frog legs as I used to because they’re increasingly becoming harder and harder to find. I’m not sure if it’s because of their prey, overfishing, or climate change.
But, the price of frog legs has doubled in the last couple of years and some grocery stores don’t carry them any longer because of the small profit margins and price hike. Frying frog legs is just like frying chicken except it doesn’t take as long.
You can also fry them in a variety of breading like panko, flour, and cornmeal. I’ve always stuck with chicken-fried frog legs with an egg wash or double dipped.
Be careful when frying them because they will pop grease on you. I’ve had my fair share of frog legs spattering hot grease on me. I used to cook them in a cast-iron skillet but now I cook them in my deep fryer with a cover.
What do frogs’ legs taste like?
This is the most asked question and I’m surprised at how many people say they taste like chicken. For those of you who think fried frog legs taste like chicken need your palate checked.
Chef Gordon Ramsay would definitely be disappointed. To me, they taste more like a mild wild-caught freshwater seafood than chicken. If I had to compare the taste of frogs legs to something, I’d say it’s very close to eating turtles.
What to serve with frog legs?
Frog legs can be eaten as an appetizer, main meal, or just snacking. I mostly always have bread and hot sauce. If eating for dinner, you can serve them with mashed potatoes and veggies or coleslaw and hushpuppies. I love to serve and eat crispy breaded okra with deep-fried Cajun-style frog legs.
Deep-Fried Frogs Legs
- 1 lb frogs legs or 4-6 pairs
- 1 tbsp Slap Yo Mama Cajun seasoning
- 1 1/2 cups white flour
- 2 large eggs, beaten
- 1/4 cup water
- oil for deep frying
- Start by preheating enough oil for deep frying in a large pot or deep fryer to 350 degrees
- Beat the eggs with the water and dredge the frog's legs in the egg wash and then dredge and coat well in the flour.
- Let the frog's legs stand for 10 minutes and fry them for 8 minutes or until they float in the oil. Drain and place on paper towels.