Crocodile meat taste, best cuts, popularity

Well documented and cherished by The Crocodile Hunter himself (RIP), crocodiles are no longer endangered. In fact, they breed well throughout the Northern Territory, and crocodile meat has become quite the delicacy in Australia. It’s not as common as kangaroo meat, but still loved and available in upscale restaurants, delis and some supermarkets.

Australia has two species of crocodiles, freshwater and saltwater, and in the past both were primarily hunted for their skins. Over the years, advances in gastronomy and cooking have made crocodile meat more popular and sought after.

Crocodile meat has quite a unique taste, and while it may be a little too expensive (depending on your location) to eat regularly, it’s definitely worth giving it a try!

Australia is good for 60% of the world trade in crocodiles. China is a major importer of crocodile meat and uses it for Chinese specialty cuisine and medicinal soups. It is thought to heal ailments and improve the immune system.

Grilled Crocodile

How does crocodile taste? ‘Tastes like chicken’

A well-known expression used for the most unusual of meats, but this time it’s kind of true.

Crocodile meat is mild in taste, with its firm and tender texture of juicy white flesh; some have also likened it to a lighter version of pork. The flesh falls apart easily but will not break apart as easily as fish, although the crocodile may have a slight fishy taste depending on where it is caught. It is sometimes compared to calamari.

As with most meats, the cut affects the quality and taste, so it’s essential to choose a good cut and cook it properly. Some people say crocodile is tough or tough; this is usually because it is overcooked.

popularity

Like emu and kangaroo meat, crocodile meat is low in fat and high in protein, making it a hit with athletes and bodybuilders. It has several other advantages compared to other meats:

  • Good source of Omega-3 fatty acids
  • high fiber
  • High levels of potassium and vitamin B12
  • Low Cholesterol
  • High iron
crocodile meat

Best Crocodile Meat Cuts

Most parts of the crocodile can be eaten, and if you are a real enthusiast, you can enjoy eating the feet, which have been compared to frogs’ legs.

crocodile feet
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Popular cuts include the tenderloin, ribs, body, jaw, and tail. You’ll often find it in steaks, burger patties, fillets, and ground beef.

Many people even like to eat the tongue! Are you brave enough to try?

Cooking the Crocodile

Crocodile Steak

If you cook this meat at home, it is recommended to fry it for a short time on high heat. Let the meat rest for a few minutes before serving, as you would beef. The desired finish is just cooked or medium-rare. Crocodile is best cooked from the freezer as it retains moisture and retains flavor.

crocodile pie
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Everyone knows that Aussies love a pie, and crocodile pie is no exception. Crocodile meat can be expensive, so using it in a pie is ideal to go a long way.

Crocodile is very versatile and can be used in slow cooked dishes such as stews or curries. It is also excellent braised, smoked or ground into sausages.

Fried Crocodile Meat

Crocodile meat goes well with Asian flavors. How about giving this? recipe for Crocodile & Paneer Tandori Kebabs with Homemade Raita Chickpea Pancakes a go?

Or how about? this one Aussie taking on a Malaysian Laksa? lovely!


Featured photo by Louis Hansel.

Claire Wyndham

Claire is an Australian content writer, social media manager/designer and founder of the Right To Learn Foundation. Claire has been running a charity school in Thailand for 6 years, has two children and lives on a small island in the south of Thailand.

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