Monday, January 14, 2019

Deep Fried Frog Legs with the Swamp Chef

This outré entree is not for the faint of palateThe Swamp Chef's latest video recipe are Deep Fried Frog Legs with Remoulade Sauce.

The Louisiana recipe comes courtesy of my nephew, Cajun Chef Matt. When I visit Mom in Louisiana it's always fun to hang out with my family, where we always get busy in the kitchen.

I know you may not find Frog Legs in your local market or even to your taste, but you can substitute chicken or fish, and the creamy and spicy Remoulade Sauce is tasty on any salad, or as a dipping sauce, similar to Tarter Sauce, for your favorite fried fare.

Also, join the Swamp Chef in a bullfrog swamp hunt, but don't worry, it's all in good fun as no amphibians are harmed when the Swamp Chef goes hunting. -- the video hunting scene is more Muppets than Duck Dynasty.

So, my vegan viewers may want to bail after the Muppets-like opening scene, as real Frog Legs are on the menu! But be sure to return and watch the last minute of the recipe video to see a frog's revenge.

 While Deep Fried Frog Legs are not for everybody, it's worth a try, at least once, especially when there is a rich Cajun Remoulade Sauce to go with it.

Matt's version of a Cajun Remoulade Sauce is made with a base of mayo, and the addition of lemon juice, ketchup, mustard, horseradish, chopped green onion, and capers. If you like Thousand Island Dressing then you will like a Remoulade Sauce. I easily find all the ingredients at my local Dollar Tree and 99c only Stores!

And surprisingly, Fried Frog Legs are mild in taste, having the texture of chicken with a slight fish flavor. To get a crunchy crust, Chef Matt soaked the frog legs in buttermilk then dusted the legs with flour, simply seasoned with salt and pepper.

If you have a favorite fish fry coating or fried chicken batter, then use it.

So check out my latest recipe video, Fried Frog Legs with Remoulade Sauce, featuring the Swamp Chef and Chef Matt. It's all in tasty good fun.

Deep Fried Frog Leg & Remoulade Sauce - VIDEO

Play it here, video runs 9 minutes, 2 seconds.

My YouTube video link for viewing or embedding, just click here.

Ingredients for Frog Legs
  • 2 frog legs - skinned and defrosted. Okay to substitute chicken pieces or fave fish fillets.
  • 1/2 cup flour - I sometimes use half flour and half cornmeal.
  • 1 cup buttermilk - to soak and flavor frog legs. For Homemade Buttermilk, just use regular milk and add a tablespoon of vinegar or lemon juice, then mix well.
  • Salt and pepper to taste - okay to use your favorite seasoned salt or spice mix. I like a bit of garlic and onion powder, too.

Ingredients for Remoulade Sauce
  • 1/2 cup mayo - light or regular mayonnaise.
  • 1/4 onion - finely chopped.
  • 1 tablespoon capers, chopped - a couple chopped green olives are a good substitute.
  • 2 green onions - finely chopped.
  • 1 tablespoon Creole Mustard - or any mustard. A good substitute is a whole-grain mustard.
  • 1 tablespoon horseradish - okay to use less to suit your taste.
  • 1/4 teaspoon Louisiana Hot Sauce - okay to use any fave hot sauce -- or just leave it out.
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • Lemon juice - half a lemon or about 2 tablespoons of juice.
  • Salt and pepper to taste.

I really did not hunt and skin the Frog Legs in the video above but got them frozen from my local Louisiana grocery.

First, add buttermilk and Frog Legs to a bowl. Keep them in the refrigerator until ready for frying.

Chef Matt has a deep fryer, so he heated it up while making the Remoulade Sauce. Okay to use a regular frying pan with enough cooking vegetable oil to half-cover a Frog Leg, or about an inch deep of oil in a frying pan or pot.

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For Remoulade Sauce, mix the ingredients listed above in a bowl, including chopped onion, green onion, and capers, plus ketchup, lemon juice, hot sauce, mayo, mustard, salt and pepper.

Keep Remoulade Sauce in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

Now time to fry the Frog Legs. Add flour, salt, and pepper to a plate. Spread out seasoned flour and add soaking Frog Legs to a plate of flour. You don't need to drain off all the buttermilk from frog legs as it will mix and make a thin batter for frying.

Cover Frog Legs with seasoned flour, on all sides. Pat and add more flour if necessary.

When cooking oil reaches 375 degrees in temperature add the flour-coated Frog Legs and deep fry them for about 4 to 5 minutes until cooked all the way through.

If you are using a frying pan heat vegetable oil over medium/high heat. Add about an inch deep of oil and heat. Cook Frog Legs for about 4 minutes for each side, or until the flour crust is brown. Check doneness by slicing into the thickest part of the cooked leg to check for firmness - it should be just like cooked chicken.

When Frog Legs are done cooking allow to cool for a minute or two as they will be very hot right out of oil.

Swamp Chef recommends dipping Frog Legs into Remoulade Sauce and enjoy!


Jennifer said...

I've searched your site, and maybe I missed it.
I'd love to know which location is your favorite 99 cent store?

99 Cent Chef said...

hi Jennifer, kinda depends on what part of town I'm in, but Culver City one on Washington Blvd., and I stop at Hollywood one on Willoughby and LaBrea often.

Jennifer said...

Thanks! We're haunting the same areas ; )
I've found the one on Sunset east of Western has the best selection of produce.

99 Cent Chef said...

That's my old Hollywood neighborhood, was my first foray into the 99 cent store universe.

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