Hubby went hunting for quail and brought back something I would have never thought to eat.


Yes you can eat squirrel

Sierra Nevada mountain squirrel

It’ve tried some exotic foods in the past – silk worms in Korea (they eat dog there too) – but squirrel, it had never even crossed my mind. I’ll try anything once, and after this first experience, I would most definitely eat it again, especially with hubby cooking it. It was like eating a lean, tough southern fried chicken jerky. Delicious!

Squirrel is delicious

Southern fried squirrel with dirty asian rice

Most of our meals are prepared with what ingredients we have on hand so this is how hubby prepared squirrel for dinner:

Country Fried Squirrel and Dirty Asian Rice

  • Skin squirrel and gut it, then wash thoroughly
  • Marinate in soy sauce, chicken broth, maple syrup, garlic powder, salt and pepper, and one drop ginger essential oil. Season to taste.
  • Boil squirrel for 10-15 minutes
  • Remove squirrel from sauce and add rice. Cook rice until all sauce is absorbed.
  • Douse squirrel with soy sauce and batter lightly with pancake mix. It will be lumpy which is ok. Fry it up!

    Backcountry ingredient list:

    • Soy sauce
    • One drop ginger essential oil
    • Krusteaz pancake mix
    • Maple syrup
    • Chicken stock
    • Garlic powder
    • Salt and pepper
    • White rice
    • Sierra Biscuitroot (Lomatium Torreyi) for garnish
    • Canola oil (for frying)