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Frog Legs Recipe

This recipe will teach you how to make perfect fried frog legs, including a lime marinade and a vegetable side dish!
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Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: dominica, Italian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Marinating Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 6 frog legs


Vegetable Ingredients

  • 1 yam
  • 1 plantain
  • 1 green pepper
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste.

Frog Leg Ingredients

  • 6 frog legs
  • ¼ cup lime juice
  • ½ tsp Salt, or more to taste
  • ½ tsp Pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 2 tsp thyme
  • ½ cup flour
  • Vegetable oil, for frying


Vegetable Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Peel the yam and plantain. Cut the yam into cubes, the plantain into rounds, and the pepper into strips and place on a cookie sheet. Drizzle with olive oil as well as some kosher salt and pepper.
  • Roast for about 20-30 minutes (or more to preference), until the veggies are soft and cooked.

Frog Legs Instructions

  • In a small bowl, whisk together lime juice, salt, pepper, garlic, vinegar, and thyme. Pour into a large plastic bag, then place the frog legs in the bag as well. Allow the frog legs to marinate in the fridge for at least an hour.
  • When the frog legs are done marinating, remove them from the bag.
  • Pour the flour into a shallow bowl. Dip each frog leg in the flour, giving it a light coating.
  • Heat the vegetable oil so that when you put the frog legs in, they begin to bubble after about 1-2 seconds. Place the floured frog legs in the oil and heat until they turn golden brown, about 3-5 minutes.
  • The internal temperature of cooked frog legs is about 145. You can also check doneness by sight, as the cooked meat will look similar to the cooked dark meat of chicken.
  • Serve with vegetables and your favorite dipping sauce. Enjoy!


Recipe copyright The Foreign Fork. For educational or personal use only. 
  • Frog Legs: I visited my local butcher and was easily able to purchase the frog legs that they carried behind the counter. Frog legs are small, and come in pairs (the legs are still attached at time of purchase). For an appetizer, I would recommend buying 2 sets of legs per person. For a full meal, you may need quite a bit more.
  • Plantain: A plantain looks like a banana but could be more likened to the taste and texture of a potato. For this recipe, purchase a plantain that still has green skin. The less ripe the plantain, the better. For instructions on how to peel your plantain, watch this Youtube Video on how to make plantains. You may omit the vegetables in this recipe if you wish, though they are a delicious side dish.
  • Frog legs cook very similar to chicken. If you are trying to figure out if your frog legs are cooked, cut into one of them. The meat will look just like cooked dark meat on a chicken leg! You can also test by checking the internal temperature, which should be about 145 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  • Test the temperature of your oil with one frog leg first. The oil should bubble within 1-2 seconds of adding the meat in the pan! If the outside is cooking too quickly (or even burning) but the inside is still raw, reduce the heat on the stove top. Wait a few minutes before trying to fry the frog legs again. 
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