Frog legs are a popular dish in French and Chinese cuisine and are also eaten in other parts of Europe, Indonesia, and the Southern U.S. Here are some interesting facts about this delicacy:
- Frogs are caught wild in some parts of the world as well as commercially raised on farms.
- In France, frog legs are known as «cuisses de grenouilles».
- Frog legs are rich in protein, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin A, and potassium.
- For over 1000 years, they have been part of the national diet in France.
- Each year about USD$40 million worth of frog legs are traded internationally.
- Humans consume up to 3.2 billion frogs for food around the world every year.
Frog leg meat is similar to white meat chicken or fish and can be prepared in a variety of ways. First of all, they must be cleaned well before cooking. Frogs are typically skinned before cooking and eating; while the skin is edible, it is very strong in flavour. Butchers and grocers tend to sell the meat with the skin already removed.
Similar to chicken or fish, the legs can then be stewed in a soup, grilled, sautéed, or battered and fried. Here is our favourite recipe to cook frog legs :
- 1kg frog legs
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 carrot
- 1 onion
- 1 garlic clove
- 1 thyme branch
- 2 laurel leaves
- 15cl whipped cream
- 1/2 bunch of parsley
- 75cl sweet wine (Gewurtztraminer or any other sweet wine)
- 30g butter
- 30g Flour
- 1/2 L Milk
- 1 Shallot
Step 1: If legs are frozen, defrost them into milk, if legs are fresh, just clean them
Step 2: Minced together carrot, onion, garlic and shallot
Step 3: Pour the full bottle of wine into the saucepan (it is very important to use this type of wine and not another, because it is what gives all the originality to the sauce), then add all the minced vegetables, thyme and laurel.
Step 4: Bring the mixture to a boil, then lower the heat immediately, and simmer until it has reduced by half.
Step 5: Leave the broth to cool afterwards, so that the vegetables infuse well.
Step 6: When the frog legs are defrosted, drain them and dry them on a kitchen towel. Flour them and season with salt and pepper.