Delicious Southern Fried Rattlesnake Recipe

Howdy y’all, Chef Kent Rollins here with a recipe that will surely raise a few eyebrows – Southern Fried Rattlesnake! That’s right, you heard me correctly, rattlesnake meat. I know what you might be thinking: “Why would I want to eat snake meat?” But let me tell you, this dish is a true delicacy of the South and definitely worth trying.

Rattlesnake meat is lean and nutritious with a taste similar to chicken or fish. Plus, it’s abundant in the southern regions of the United States and has been a part of southern cuisine for generations. So why not give it a try? Trust me, your taste buds won’t regret it.

Now before we proceed with the recipe, I must warn you that this article contains graphic photos of smoked rattlesnake and the process of cleaning and skinning it. It may be unsettling for some viewers, but please keep in mind that we do not condone or promote harming venomous snakes. We source our rattlesnake meat from reputable sources and adhere to strict food safety standards.

So let’s get started on this unique and delicious dish that is sure to impress any guest brave enough to try it – Southern Fried Rattlesnake!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Southern Fried Rattlesnake
Southern Fried Rattlesnake

If you enjoy trying new things and indulging in unique dishes, then this southern fried rattlesnake recipe is a must-try. Sure, you may be thinking that snake meat doesn’t sound too appealing, but let me tell you, this recipe will change the way you think about game recipes forever.

One of the biggest reasons why you’ll love this recipe is because it’s prepared using simple ingredients that are easily accessible. All you need is some flour, milk, eggs, and a few key seasonings like salt, pepper, garlic salt, and Accent seasoning. Don’t worry if you don’t have all of these on hand – the recipe is easily adaptable and substitutions can easily be made to suit your taste buds.

When you take your first bite of this southern fried delicacy, you’ll immediately notice a combination of flavors and textures that will tantalize your senses. The crispy exterior perfectly compliments the moist and tender meat inside. Plus, the seasoning blend adds just enough kick without overpowering the natural flavor of the rattlesnake meat.

Trust me on this – once you experience the deliciousness of this fried rattlesnake recipe, you’ll wonder why you didn’t try it sooner. So why not step outside your comfort zone and try something new? Your taste buds will thank you for it!

Ingredient List

“Get ready to rattle some taste buds with this fried delicacy!”

Before we dive into the recipe, here’s what you will need to make this Southern Fried Rattlesnake Recipe:
– Rattlesnakes meat, 2-3 lbs
– Egg, 1 large
– Milk, 1 tablespoon
– Salt, 1 teaspoon
– Pepper, 1 teaspoon
– Garlic Salt, 1 teaspoon
– Accent seasoning, ½ teaspoon
– All-purpose flour, 1 cup
– Cornmeal, 1 cup

Make sure that you clean and wash the meat properly as it’s important for removing any dirt or bacteria from the meat. Cut the meat into 4-inch lengths and dip each piece of meat in a mixture of egg and milk. In a separate bowl mix salt, pepper, garlic salt, and Accent seasoning. In another bowl mix flour and cornmeal together.

The Recipe How-To

“Southern hospitality meets dangerous cuisine.”

Now that we’ve discussed the ingredients, let’s get into the preparation process. Grab 4 inches lengths of rattlesnake meat and cut each one into bite-sized pieces. Next, beat an egg in a small bowl then add some milk and mix well. In another shallow dish, mix some flour, salt, pepper, and Accent seasoning.

Dip each piece of snake meat into the egg-milk mixture before coating it in the flour mixture until it is fully covered. Make sure to shake off the excess flour before adding it to the preheated deep-fried skillet or fryer with cooking oil.

The frying process should take place on medium heat and last around 3-5 minutes per side. Depending on the thickness of the snake meat, you may need extra time to ensure that the meat is cooked throughout but not overcooked.

Once they are finished frying, place them on a plate with paper towels to help absorb any excess oil. Serve hot and enjoy your delicious Southern Fried Rattlesnake!

Substitutions and Variations

“Don’t be afraid to try something new with our Southern Fried Rattlesnake.”

If you don’t have access to rattlesnake meat, there are a few substitutions you can make. Instead of using rattlesnake, you can use other types of snake meat like the diamondback rattlesnake or smoked rattlesnake. Alternatively, if you don’t want to use snake meat at all, try substituting with other wild game like rabbit, quail or frog legs.

If you’re looking to mix up the flavor profile of this dish, consider varying the seasonings used. You can add more spice by incorporating cayenne pepper or paprika, or add an extra layer of flavor with Worcestershire sauce. You could even try swapping out the Accent seasoning for Cajun seasoning to give your fried snake a zesty kick.

While we recommend deep frying the snake in this recipe, you can also experiment with other cooking methods. Grilling is a popular option for cooking game meats and would work well with rattlesnake. Another option is smoking the meat before frying it to give it a unique and savory flavor.

For those who prefer gluten-free options, you can replace wheat flour with cornmeal as a coating for your snake meat. This will give it a crunchy texture that pairs well with the tender meat.

No matter how you choose to switch up this recipe, remember to stay safe when handling and preparing the meat. Always follow proper precautions when working with venomous snakes and be mindful of any allergies or dietary restrictions.

Serving and Pairing

“We promise it won’t bite back…much.”

When it comes to serving this southern fried rattlesnake recipe, the possibilities are endless. This snack is perfect for parties and festivals where people are in the mood for trying new foods. At the same time, served as a main course, it can turn into a real treat for those who appreciate game recipes.

For a perfect pairing with southern fried rattlesnake, I would recommend serving your dish with simple sides that are not too overpowering in flavor. Classic southern sides like corn on the cob or mashed potatoes work well. Also, crispy fried okra and coleslaw can add some refreshing crunch to this meal.

When it comes to drinks, nothing beats cold beer or classic southern sweet tea. For kids or non-alcohol drinkers, lemonade or cranberry juice would be perfect choices.

But keep in mind that while some enjoy this dish as a delicacy, others might find it challenging. So don’t forget to let your guests know that they will be trying something unique when you serve them Southern Fried Rattlesnake.

Overall, this dish is an exciting way to showcase bold flavors and offer an unforgettable culinary experience at any gathering.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

“Experience the wild side of Southern cooking.”

When it comes to making your southern fried rattlesnake ahead of time, I must admit that it’s not an ideal dish for prepping in advance. However, you can prepare the meat by cutting it into 4-inch lengths and cleaning it thoroughly. You can also beat the egg and milk mixture, and mix salt, pepper, garlic salt, Accent seasoning, and flour in a separate bowl. But before cooking the snake, make sure that all the ingredients are together.

If you do have any leftovers (which is rare with this delicious treat), you can store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. It’s important to remember that reheating this dish may cause it to become overcooked or dry. Therefore, it’s recommended to eat it cold or at room temperature.

In addition, since fried rattlesnake isn’t a common menu item in restaurants, you might want to consider smoking or deep frying it on site if you’re cooking for a larger group. Regardless of how you plan on serving this dish, I recommend keeping in mind that the meat of a diamondback rattlesnake is very lean, so overcooking will result in a tough texture.

Overall, even though this dish doesn’t lend itself well to make-ahead meals or reheating attempts, it is still worth every minute of cooking time when enjoyed fresh and hot from the kitchen.

Tips for Perfect Results

“One bite of our fried rattlesnake and you’ll be hooked.”

Now that you are in the process of cooking your rattlesnake, there are a few additional tips you should keep in mind to ensure the best results possible. As someone who specializes in southern-style cuisine and who has cooked rattlesnake many times for various occasions, I have learned some useful tricks along the way. Here are my top tips for cooking perfect southern fried rattlesnake:

1. Use fresh rattlesnake meat

As with any dish, the quality of the ingredients can make a significant difference in the end result. In this case, it’s essential to use fresh rattlesnake meat for the best flavor and texture. Avoid using meat that has been frozen or refrigerated for too long if possible.

2. Don’t overcook the snake meat

Rattlesnake meat can become tough and rubbery if overcooked. To avoid this, keep a close eye on your frying oil’s temperature and be mindful of how long you cook each piece of meat. About 3-4 minutes is usually sufficient time for 4-inch lengths of rattlesnake to cook properly.

3. Season well

The seasoning mix is what gives southern fried rattlesnake its unique flavor profile. Be sure to add enough salt and pepper, but also try incorporating Accent seasoning for an extra boost of umami taste. Other spices like garlic salt or paprika can also add depth of flavor.

4. Double-dip for extra crispy breading

To achieve a super crispy breading on your fried rattlesnake, try double-dipping each piece in the egg/milk mixture and flour mixture before frying. This method ensures that every piece is evenly coated and creates that irresistible crunchy exterior.

5. Serve hot and fresh

Southern fried rattlesnake is meant to be enjoyed warm out of the frying pan. If you let it sit too long or reheat it later on, the texture and flavor will suffer. Try to time your frying so that the rattlesnake is ready just before serving.

By following these tips, you can ensure that your southern fried rattlesnake turns out perfectly every time. Remember, cooking is as much about technique as it is about ingredients, so don’t be afraid to experiment and have fun with this unique recipe!


Now that you know the ins and outs of making the perfect Southern Fried Rattlesnake, it’s time to tackle some common questions and concerns that might be running through your mind. In this section, we’ll cover some frequently asked questions and provide expert advice and answers to help you cook up a scrumptious rattlesnake meal with confidence. So, let’s dive into the FAQ section and clear up any doubts you may have.

What is the best way to cook rattlesnake?

To begin, I usually heat up some oil in a medium-sized pan until it reaches a high temperature of 375 degrees F. Afterwards, I take the rattlesnake pieces and coat them in flour. It’s important not to overcrowd the pan when cooking, so I usually cook the rattlesnake in batches. Once the pieces turn a golden brown color, which usually takes around 2 to 3 minutes, they’re ready to go.

How long does it take to cook a rattlesnake?

For this recipe, we will need to brush the snake with the sauce while it grills. We’ll then smoke it for 2 to 3 hours until it reaches the desired temperature. To check, I would recommend using a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the meat until it reads 160 degrees. After that, we should let the snake rest for around 10 minutes, preferably covered in foil, before we serve it.

Is rattlesnake meat good to eat?

When it comes to cooking rattlesnake meat, one must exercise caution as it can be dangerous to mishandle. Similar to wild mushrooms, there may be little room for error. If uncertain about how to handle it safely, it is best to seek guidance from someone who is experienced in preparing it.

What does fried rattlesnake taste like?

Cooking a rattlesnake can lead to surprisingly delicious results. Despite having a reputation for being gamey or earthy, this type of meat can actually taste similar to chicken. The flesh is white in color and has a slightly tough texture.

Bottom Line

So, there you have it, folks – a delicious and unique recipe for Southern Fried Rattlesnake that will surely impress your friends and family. Sure, it may seem intimidating at first, but with the right ingredients and techniques, you’ll be able to create an unforgettable meal that highlights the flavors of the wild west.

While some may shy away from cooking snake meat, it is a treasured delicacy in many parts of the world. And what better way to enjoy this protein-rich and low-fat meat than by preparing it Southern-style? Our recipe brings out the best in rattlesnake meat by coating it in a flavorful combination of flour, eggs, and spices before deep-frying it to crispy perfection.

Once you’ve made this recipe once, we bet you’ll be hooked for life. In fact, we challenge you to give this recipe a try and see just how delicious fried rattlesnake can truly be. You might even find yourself inspired to experiment with different dips and seasonings to make this dish your own.

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Southern Fried Rattlesnake

Southern Fried Rattlesnake Recipe

Description pretty much says it all! Don't knock it until you've tried it!!!
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Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American/Southern
Calories 37.9 kcal


  • 1 egg
  • salt
  • garlic salt
  • oil (for frying)
  • Accent seasoning
  • 1/2-3/4 cup milk
  • pepper
  • flour
  • 1 rattlesnake


  • Skin rattlesnake.
  • Clean and wash meat.
  • Cut in 4 inch lengths.
  • Beat egg and milk.
  • Mix salt, pepper, garlic salt, Accent and flour.
  • Preheat deep fat fryer with cooking oil.
  • Dip snake into egg mixture and then in flour mixture and place it in hot oil.
  • Cook until golden brown.

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Serving: 43gCalories: 37.9kcalCarbohydrates: 1.5gProtein: 2.6gFat: 2.4gSaturated Fat: 1.1gCholesterol: 57.1mgSodium: 32.5mgSugar: 0.1g
Keyword < 30 Mins, Meat, Wild Game
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