How to Skin a Frog

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Frogs are plentiful and really fun to catch!! Easy to clean and delicious, it really doesn't make sense in my mind why everyone doesn't go after them! It requires just one tool to clean them, and takes about thirty seconds.

What you'll need:

  1. A frog
  2. A pair of scissors
  3. A hose

Step 1:

Lay the frog on it's belly and insert the lower jaw of the scissors into the skin on the back near one arm and cut to the opposite side. I cut a flap of skin upwards to towards the head to make double sure the skin rips in the right place in the next step.

Insert your finger underneath the skin on the frog's back and push all the way to the base of the legs. Using your finger, pull the skin backwards towards the legs and keep pulling until the skin reaches the last joint. The legs should be fully skinned at this point and look like the picture above.

Use the scissors to cut off the feet at the last joint and legs off the body. Cut the legs off as close to the base of the legs as possible to avoid cutting any innards.

Wash the legs. You're done!

Discard the scraps and clean the scissors.

-Note!! It is normal for the frogs to move, eyes blink, kick, crawl, or otherwise show signs of life. This is natural. All reptiles do this. I have cleaned turtles that kicked and scratched me a full hour after I decapitated them. Snakes have tried to crawl out of the pan when I cooked them fresh. For this reason I recommend at least a day of refrigeration before cooking reptiles or amphibians.

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    11 Discussions


    3 years ago on Introduction

    Putting reptiles in the freezer will slow their metabolism down to the point they appear dead. No screamin' reps at this point!. Just handle quickly before they revive! Lol! I do that with lobsters since they're bigger. Crabs and mud bugs, no problem.


    3 years ago on Introduction

    The arms can be eaten also! Some people just gut them and cook the whole frog. Like a fish, head-on. Why waste that good meat?

    paizleyRafael MosMad

    Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

    Definitely not! Way better than chicken! Frog legs taste like frog. I've found that, other than deep fried, they are best suited to seafood recipes such scampi. Don't overcook them, please!


    Nice job! Does this mean we can expect to see instructables on turtles and snakes soon? What did you use to hunt this frog? Also, I think adding in a video for these types would be awesome too.

    4 replies

    Ah, I forgot to mention, I'm normally not all that adventurous when it comes to food, but I've personally tried frogs legs and I thought they were excellent. Very moist and less fibrous than something like chicken ( that's what people always seem to compare it to)

    I gig my frogs with a five pronged gig on a twelve foot bamboo pole. I have found this to be most effective. I really think that frogs are some of the best wild game out there. When they're cooked correctly they have a slightly nutty flavor and are moist, succulent, and just overall some of the best stuff ever. I have a good bit in the freezer so I may do an instructable on how to fry them later. I have been so spoiled on wild game that I prefer it to any store bought meat. I find that meat to be bland and tasteless (it can be cooked up to something very good, but with mediocre ingredients come mediocre result, the same thing with wild game generally turns out to be better).

    I will add Instructables of snakes and turtles if I can catch them. I caught a turtle last night when I was gigging but didn't think to keep it. I'll keep the next one I catch. The same goes for snakes.

    Just curious, what area are you in where you have plenty of game, and plenty of places to catch it? I live by a pond that has quite the annoying bullfrog or two each year.

    I live in South Carolina beside Lake Moultrie and the Francis Marion National Forest. There are places everywhere around here to hunt and fish. Chances are though that you have a place within an hour of you as well. Park ponds and such are good for frogs, but for squirrels and the like you'd need to check you state DNR for nearby WMA's