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7 Animals to Eat Before You Die

animals to eat before you die

We’ve searched far and wide, and here’s our final tally of animals you probably haven’t eaten but should, some just to say you’ve done it, and others because they sound really, really tasty.

To help guide you, we’ve included some notes on what others say each animal tastes like, as well as one standout preparation that has us drooling.

1. Shark

What does it taste like?

Apparently, a cross between alligator and chicken. Shark meat is softer than an alligator’s, but it’s got a more pungent smell and flavor than any bird you’ve ever had.

How should I eat it?

Shark is said to be a delicious, hearty meal when grilled. But unless you’re brave enough to swim next to the shark, steer away from preparing it yourself. Because sharks urinate through their skin (yeah, you read that right), it takes some experience to be able to prepare it properly. It’s usually seasoned with citrus, ginger, or fresh herbs.

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2. Camel

What does it taste like?

Camel (particularly younger camel) is similar to fatty, tender beef with a slightly different (some say “deeper“) flavor.

How should I eat it?

Eat the hump! This is the most delicious and fatty part. If you are fortunate enough to end up in a place where camels are plentiful, you will find it offered at nicer restaurants and sold in most larger grocery stores.

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3. Caribou

What does it taste like?

Caribou is similar to lean venison with a touch of veal or antelope.

How should I eat it?

In a caribourger! Ground caribou is a perfect substitute for ground beef that results in a smokey burger with a unique flavor. The easiest way to get your choice of caribou burgers and other preparations is to visit Alaska, which is attractive for many other reasons as well. Don’t forget to treat yourself to some of that outstanding Alaskan crab.

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4. Seal

What does it taste like?

This is a really weird one. Here’s a fascinating virtual taste from this excellent Foodists post by Tyler Wilman:

Silky smooth and seemed quite gamey (almost like an organ meat) yet had a subtle flavoring familiar of the ocean. We pondered the taste and were surprised at how little the fishy flavor was present in the meat. The irony aftertaste proved to be a bit overpowering with Mark Busse commenting that it was “like a bloody nose” but commented that he “felt manly somehow about eating it, like an Inuit hunter.

How should I eat it?

Lightly seared and rare or medium rare, with salt and truffle oil: according to Wilman, that preparation almost entirely removes the “fishiness”  and makes the seal taste more like an exotic game meat.

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5. Stingray

What does it taste like?

Stingrays have tender, savory meat, with a similar flavor to a scallop but a heftier feel. I personally enjoy stingray very much, but I eat it rarely: the flavor is so savory that it’s almost overwhelming.

How should I eat it?

We can’t do any better than this super-informative video. Even if you don’t have a stingray on hand, it’s fascinating to watch stingray being prepared. For recipes, stingray pairs well with all kinds of gravy and light broth. Keep it simple and enjoy the flavor of the meat itself.

If this looks appetizing, Florida is only a hop, skip and a jump away!

6. Sea Cucumber

What does it taste like?

Okay, it’s basically a slug, and nothing like a regular cucumber, which, depending on your viewpoint, can be a good thing or a bad thing. Somewhat like regular cucumber, though, sea cucumber doesn’t taste like very much: it’s basically jell-o from the sea.

How should I eat it?

With the help of a trusted Chinese chef. Sea cucumber is actually a bit of a delicacy, and it may be hard to come by, but it’s said to have all kinds of interesting healing properties.

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7. Horse

What does it taste like?

We just had to include this one. You can’t kick the bucket without ever saying “I’m so hungry I could eat a horse” and then actually eating one.

Horse is a versatile meat that tastes like lean beef or venison. Some people even prefer it to a beef steak.

How should I eat it?

Did someone just say… steak?

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7 Animals to Eat Before You Die