Crocodile has become a very popular meat both in Australia and overseas and is part of a developing cuisine that is uniquely Australian. It is a succulent white meat with a delicious and unique flavour. Crocodile meat is low in fat and high in protein and is best cooked in the same manner as lean pork or chicken. It can be prepared into a variety of dishes using wet and dry cooking methods and is ideal in marinade or sauce.
Crocodile is a white meat with a nutritional composition comparing favourably with that of more traditional meats, for example chicken. It has a delicate flavour so the use of strong marinades is not recommended. Light tropical fruits compliment crocodile meat well. It does tend to have a slightly higher cholesterol level than other meats but is low in fat (less than 1%) and high in protein. The crocodiles are produced in a free range environment and are chemical free, which delivers the best practices possible in animal welfare, conservation management and meat hygiene.
How to cook Crocodile meat
Crocodile is easy to prepare and cook. It is best cooked from frozen as during the thawing process most of the moisture runs out decreasing the flavour. It should be cooked for two minutes on either side and then allowed to stand for a few minutes. It is best served just cooked (in red meat terms, medium rare). Remove excess fat after cooking. Do not use large number of ingredients (other than herbs or spices) – no more than three is recommended. If frying, always use butter or olive oil as they will not impart a flavour that is unique. Do not use margarine as the hydrogenated fats can emit an unpleasant flavour and prevent you from using other dairy products such as cream in the recipe. Keep it plain and simple.
Some suggested marinades are: Any citrus (lime, mandarin, organe), Fruit chutneys (esp. mango), rosemary, garlic, basil, ginger, curry, chili, salt & pepper.
Do not overcook – best to saute in very hot pan to medium. Allow meat to rest before slicing to prevent moisture loss.
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For this Crocodile Bites Recipe :
- 1 kilo Crocodile Meat, cut into big chunks
- 2 cups Flour
- 2 pcs Eggs, beaten
- 2 cups Panko Bread Crumbs (Japanese Bread Cumbs)
- To taste Salt and Pepper
- As needed Cooking Oil
- Prepare the meat and season it with salt and pepper.
- Dredge it flour first then dip in the egg then the breadcrumbs.
- Heat up your oil and fry the croc meat in batches until golden brown and dry them on paper towels.
- Serve it up with your favorite tomato relish.
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