Crispy Fried Frog Legs

Fried Frog Legs
Fried Frog Legs. Matthew Wakem / Getty Images
  • 30 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins,
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Yield: Serves 4 to 6
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These frog legs are battered and deep fried to perfection. 

The frog legs are first marinated in a mixture of lemon juice and water, and then they are coated and deep fried. Add some herbs and spices to the lemon juice and ice, if desired.

What You'll Need

  • 2 to 2 1/2 pounds small frog legs
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1 tray of crushed ice
  • 2 cups vegetable oil or shortening (for deep frying)
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • Dash of salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Optional: dash cayenne pepper
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

How to Make It

  1. Wash frog legs thoroughly. Place in a large bowl; sprinkle with lemon juice, and cover with crushed ice. Refrigerate the frog's legs for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
  2. Heat the oven to 200 F  or warm setting.
  3. In a deep saucepan or skillet or deep fryer, heat about 2 inches of vegetable oil or melted shortening to 375 F.
  4. Line a large rimmed baking pan with paper towels.
  5. In a medium bowl, whisk together milk, egg yolks, and 2 teaspoons oil.
  1. Beat the egg whites until stiff; fold into milk and egg yolk mixture.
  2. In another bowl, combine the flour and garlic powder; blend well.
  3. Sprinkle the frog legs with salt and freshly ground black pepper, and a little cayenne pepper, if using; dip each frog's leg in milk-egg mixture, then dredge in the flour and garlic powder mixture to coat thoroughly.
  4. Working in batches, fry the coated frog legs in the hot fat until golden brown, about 2 minutes. With a slotted spoon, transfer to the paper towel-lined pan to drain. Put them in the preheated oven to keep warm while frying subsequent batches.

Serves 4 to 6.

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Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 921
Total Fat 81 g
Saturated Fat 7 g
Unsaturated Fat 56 g
Cholesterol 74 mg
Sodium 311 mg
Carbohydrates 38 g
Dietary Fiber 11 g
Protein 14 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)