Fried Rattlesnake


Do you hear that rattling? That’s right, we’re going to cook up some rattlesnake today. There are a lot of different ways to cook snake, but today we’re going to deep fry this feller!

Warning! Unless you’re an experienced snake wrangler, don’t just go out there in the wild and catch a snake. Check out some resources below for snake meat.

So, as we were just fixin’ to go to bed, we got a call from my son that they had a snake hemmed up at the house. If you want to see this feller before he becomes hors d’oeuvres.

Step 1: Skin and clean the snake

First off, we have to skin the snake, which is easy enough to do. It’s sort of like pulling off a pair of socks. To see how we skinned and cleaned this snake, be sure to check out the video below! Take the skin off.

Tip: Remember to wear gloves when you’re skinning and cleaning that snake, ’cause it’s got a little odor to it. I also like to soak the meat in buttermilk overnight because it will help tenderize and give it better flavor.

Soak it in buttermilk overnight.

Let’s Mix Up The Coating

Step 2: Mix up the dry and wet ingredients

Mix the dry ingredients.

You’re going to want to mix up all the dry ingredients in a medium bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together the milk and eggs.

Time to Drag Out Our Snake

Step 3: Let’s cut the snake

Remember to wear gloves! Start with cutting off the end pieces and discard. Then cut it in about 4-inch pieces. It’s going to be a little hard to cut through that backbone, so make sure to get you a sharp knife. You can use a Hash Knife, for example. It’ll do the trick.


Cut the snake.

Step 4: Baptize the Snake

Dip the snake pieces in the milk mixture. (You can use buttermilk if you see fit, but we’ve been soaking it in some, so we’re going with milk and egg). Then we’re going to take it to the dry mixture and toss to generously coat it. And guess what- you’re going to repeat this process because we need to “double baptize” this feller.

Coat the snake with wet and dry ingredients.

Step 5: Let’s make some fried snake

We’re going to fry this snake in peanut oil, but any fry oil will do. We’ve got about 2-inches of oil in our Finex Dutch oven, heated to about 350 degrees F. skillet.

Fry the rattlesnake.

Lay the snake in there a few pieces at a time, make sure they’re not crowded. I also like to put similar sizes in together so they’ll fry up more evenly. As they fry you may need to roll them around a little bit to get a good evenly golden brown. Strain from the oil and let cool slightly on a paper towel.

That’s it! Now you’re ready for some rattlesnake hors d’oeuvres.

We hope you enjoyed this treat from the trail. Be sure to check out the video for more tips and if you’re interested we’ve listed a couple snake meat sourced too.

Rattlesnake meat:

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Ethan Smith is a seasoned marine veteran, professional blogger, witty and edgy writer, and an avid hunter. He spent a great deal of his childhood years around the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest in Arizona. Watching active hunters practise their craft initiated him into the world of hunting and rubrics of outdoor life. He also honed his writing skills by sharing his outdoor experiences with fellow schoolmates through their high school’s magazine. Further along the way, the US Marine Corps got wind of his excellent combination of skills and sought to put them into good use by employing him as a combat correspondent. He now shares his income from this prestigious job with his wife and one kid. Read more >>