I recently got the chance to fry up some armadillo, and it was good!
A friend of mine working on a farm in southern Texas recently shot and killed an armadillo that had been eating produce.
Like any responsible meat eater, we decided to eat it. After cleaning it from the shell and removing the meat from the bones, my friend sent us home with some to cook.
The Internet produces some interesting recipes, like baked armadillo in the shell. But we decided to cook it extremely simply with very little seasoning to really know what armadillo tastes like.
We sautéed the armadillo meat with a little olive oil, minced garlic, and Cajun seasoning for about 10 minutes. We then served it over rice with a vegetable medley of red and yellow peppers, onions, and eggplant.
The meal was very simple but we didn’t want to overpower the armadillo with anything too flavorful.
The consensus? Armadillo is pretty tasty. It tasted like a cross between chicken and boar.
Armadillo has a white-meat consistency but is rich in taste and not very tough. That makes sense, since armadillos don’t run very fast and therefore don’t have much muscle.
I think next time, I’ll try breading it.