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Nov 16, 2012 10:43 AM

Frog Legs - retail

Anyone know where to buy frog legs to cook at home?

I've seen live frogs at a number of places in chinatown, but don't know the protocol -- do they clean the frogs for you?

Is there a different or better place to get them?


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  1. seafood city in vallejo has them.

    1. Places in Chinatown will kill & dress them for you. I've witnessed it myself, and it's pretty graphic. Can't get any fresher though!

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      1. re: letsindulge

        great. belated thanks.

        i would assume the same applies for their turtles?

      2. How does one prepare and cook them? I've never even eaten them. Curious.

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        1. re: echoclerk

          I think if you do a search on the "Home Cooking" board of Chowhound you'll find some discussion about recipes. I've never tried cooking frogs legs myself, but I really enjoy their sweet flavor.

          1. re: echoclerk

            Dusting them in seasoned flour and pan frying till brown does the trick.

            1. re: echoclerk

              I've had the fried version and they tasted pretty much "like chicken". I've heard of a soup or congee- type dish that sounded pretty tasty, but I haven't tried it.

              Also, I have seen the guys at Sunset Super on Vicente grab the selected live frogs from the bin, take them to the back where they kill and skin them, and then hand a bag of red frog to a patron.

            2. I used to love Frogs' Legs, & would order them in restaurants & buy & cook them myself. But that was decades ago. These days, any Frogs' Legs (& turtles) you buy will be imported from Asia, where the farming situation for them is - shall we say - less than hygienic in many ways.

              Unless you live in the Deep South of the U.S. & thus have a local source for them, I wouldn't be buying frogs' legs or turtles from any Asian market.

              (Ah - I just noticed that the State of California has a ban in place for importing frogs & turtles from Asia for human consumption. I don't know why I don't have much faith in this "ban", but I do, so I still advise to tread lightly.)

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              1. re: Bacardi1

                oh, interesting. thanks.

                any chance you have a link to an article that describes the (probably gross) farming situation?

                and i assume the wild turtles are simply not imported? a little surprised nobody imports turtles from the deep south.

                i feel like i've seen frog legs on a menu at la folie before, but i might be incorrect. they definitely aren't on there now.

                thanks again.

                1. re: Dustin_E

                  Oh - Frogs' Legs appear on many restaurant menus - at least here in VA. In fact, they appear in our local supermarkets from time to time, as well as in the frozen food case. But they're all from Asia.

                  I don't think I've saved any news links about them, but I'll check & post back. It's easy enough to do a search yourself if you're interested.