Frog legs with garlic and cilantro

Yesterday, I had a vision of my grandmother and I sitting down in her favorite hotel in Chtaura, a town in the Bekaa Valley, eating frog legs with garlic and cilantro.

I wanted to relive that moment; what better way than  to find some frog legs and prepare them?

In Beirut, one can go down to the local  market and find them, fresh or frozen: no biggie.

I called the most upscale market in Dallas; the reply was not promising:  “ …we can get them, not too often, it is hard…sometimes…maybe…“.

Fine!

So I went sniffing around my neighborhood, full of  so many ethnic markets they basically cover  every country in  Asia and Africa. I found them at the Thai grocer, imported from Taiwan, frozen.

The recipe is from: Chef Simon

Time required: 15 minutes

Servings: 3 legs per person

INGREDIENTS:

  • 12 frog legs
  • 1 cup of all-purpose flour
  • 4 cloves of garlic, mashed with a dash of salt
  • 1 cup of clarified butter
  • 1/2 bunch of cilantro, washed and leaves chopped fine  (can use parsley)

METHOD:

  1. Clean the frog legs and chop off the end (opposite side of the legs)
  2. Heat the clarified butter in a skillet
  3. Dredge the frog legs in flour
  4. Sauté in the hot butter, flipping them until golden on both sides
  5. Add the garlic and spread delicately all over the legs
  6. Add the chopped cilantro and do the same
  7. Cover the skillet and cook an additional 5 minutes
  8. Serve hot. Eat with your fingers.

NOTE: Apparently in Europe some people get grossed out by the French eating frog legs. Are you?


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  1. Posted August 17, 2013 at 12:05 am | Permalink

    Being from central Louisiana, my Uncles/cousins and I would go frog gigging in the surrounding swamps and bayous and catch Bullfrogs by the croaker sack full. Some were so large they would extend across a 24 bottle wooden Coca-Cola case! We chopped the legs off after skinning the frog and after flouring in a seasoned mix, deep fried them in peanut oil.(Note Skillet frying is a small hazard due to muscle reflexs of legs during cooking). They are delicious!

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