We purchased some crocodile meat from a butcher in Alice Springs with the idea of making a yummy croc burger. Taking into account the delicate flavour of the crocodile meat, I decided that I would baste it with a little honey, soy and ginger, and serve it in a bun with simple salad and avocado.
What does crocodile taste like?
People often ask, “what does crocodile taste like”? As I mentioned, the flavour is delicate. It is a little like a cross between chicken and fish. I personally think the texture of crocodile is more like fish than chicken, however a little firmer than fish.
Why eat crocodile meat?
It is high in protein, low in fat and cholesterol. In fact, is has more protein than chicken breast, and is chockablock full of ‘good’ fat Omega-3s.
Other croc facts!
- Australia saltwater crocodile (Crocodylus porosus) was named a protected species in 1974, and commercial farming began in the late 1970s.
- It is the largest living reptile. Males grow up to 6m (20ft).
- There are 13 commercial croc farms in Australia.
Our camp kitchen
We cooked these scrumptious crocodile burgers while camped at Ross River Campground in the East MacDonnell Ranges.
Tasty Crocodile Burgers
500g crocodile tail meat
1 Tablespoon sesame seeds, toasted
2 Tablespoon ginger, grated (or ½ tsp. powdered ginger)
2 Tablespoon honey
1 Tablespoon soy sauce
4 Hamburger buns
Combine the first four ingredients in a small bowl and set aside. Grill crocodile over hot coals, basting frequently with soy sauce mixture.
Alternatively, crocodile can also be browned in a non-stick skillet, then add the soy sauce mixture and simmer 5 to 8 minutes.
To serve, spread the hamburger buns with mashed avocado. Top with the crocodile meat, lettuce and sliced tomato.
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