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Eating Crocodile

So I was in the local supermarket and spotted some crocodile fillets on the meat shelves, and thought, why not? I remember eating crocodile precisely once before in my life, in of all places Varaždin in October 1998 (a wedding anniversary excursion, which is why the month sticks in my memory). I thought then that it was a bit like chicken but more fishy. So, could I rise to the challenge myself?

Extensive research on the internet, as far as I could do that standing in the doorway of the supermarket, suggested that the easiest thing to do is to chop it up, marinade it in lemon juice and minced garlic for an hour and then then fry it, so that's what I did. I added some soy sauce at the end because I was a bit worried that it needed a bit of extra oomph, and rather unadventurously accompanied it with rice, beans and carrots.

Reviews were fine. Young F said that he thought it was a bit like chicken and a bit like fish, which is basically what I thought before he was born, and given the relative taxonomic places of birds, crocodiles and fish it seems a bit right. Fortunately he likes both chicken and fish, so this was a positive reaction. I think less soy sauce and more lemon would have worked better. But it was tasty enough and gives the impression of being nutritious.

I won't buy it every week - or indeed every month - but I will definitely try it again, perhaps with more forward planning next time.

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dalmeny
Dec. 20th, 2014 11:01 pm (UTC)
I've mostly seen it used in stir-fries and Thai curries here. I'll keep an eye out for examples.
nwhyte
Dec. 20th, 2014 11:22 pm (UTC)
I confess that I did wonder if it was adopted by Europe from Australia! (That restaurant in Varaždin also served kangaroo, which is a bit of a giveaway.) And it would actually be perfect for a stir fry / Thai curry. Not my usual cooking style so I'd need to plan ahead for either of those.
inner_storm
Dec. 21st, 2014 11:07 am (UTC)
Adventurous to cook it yourself!!

nwhyte
Dec. 21st, 2014 05:35 pm (UTC)
I don't know about the exotic supermarkets of Limburg, but over here in Vlaams-Brabant we can only buy raw crocodile, not ready-cooked!
inner_storm
Dec. 21st, 2014 08:01 pm (UTC)
I think I would first try it at a restaurant or something before I would try it myself :) I haven't seen it on the menu yet though..
wshaffer
Dec. 22nd, 2014 07:03 pm (UTC)
I've eaten alligator (which was very chicken-y), but never crocodile. And I've never seen either in a supermarket here. (Though it sounds like the kind of thing that might turn up in the freezer case at Whole Foods. Provided that it's humanely-raised sustainable crocodile.)
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