Friday, 25 March 2011

Crocodile Adobo


Everytime my husband comes to Singapore, he never fails to cook crocodile’s meat.  As I have already mentioned several times in some of my posts, Frederick is an exotic food fanatic.  He sees to it that
wherever foreign land he goes, he has to get to taste the local areas exotic food. That’s why when we went toThailand last year, he was so disappointed and frustrated that he wasn’t able to find any exotic
delicacies in Phuket (he had been expecting to eat cockroach or any insect in Phuket).  He had been asking the locals as to where we can get exotic food like monkeys, cockroaches, and other weird what have you’s he could think of.  The locals just looked at him aghast and bewildered :D

And whenever we go to supermarkets here in Singapore and he sees crocodile meat, he always has this look of excitement and delightment, like a small child who was given a new toy- that kind of expression.

Here’s one of his experimental recipes on crocodile meat that he cooked a year ago when we got back from our Phuket trip.  He cooked the crocodile meat adobo style and I have no idea about the exact recipe he used but I could still make out the ingredients.  Well, his crocodile adobo came out too sour.  It was his fault because he didn’t want to listen to me.   He didn’t want my adobo recipe and he insisted to make his own adobo style crocodile recipe that ended up too tangy. He could have remedied the taste by adding sugar but he really didn’t want to listen so we ended up eating a sour crocodile adobo.  Anyway, for me, there’s really nothing special with the crocodile meat in terms of
taste, it just tasted like an ordinary chicken though the meat is more tender.

According to what I’ve read, crocodile meat is considered as a white meat though its cholesterol is higher compared to that of a chicken or fish.  However, compared to other meats, farmed alligator or crocodile is low in fat, low in calories and high in protein. In particular it is low in saturated fat and high in monounsaturated fat. In addition, alligator and crocodile meats are useful sources of niacin and vitamin B12. (Florida Department of Agriculture.)

I was also able to get the nutritional values of crocodile’s meat, in which case, for every 100 grams of farmed crocodile meat, it contains the following:

Calories  – 188   (150 g in 100 gram of chicken)

Total fat – 4.7 g   (7.4 g in 100 gram of chicken)

Cholesterol – 88 mg   (60 mg in 100 gram of chicken)

Protein –  25g  (28 g in 100 gram chicken)

One article also mentioned that Chinese regard crocodile meat as a
good source of energy and is also recommended as a medicinal cure for
people suffering from asthma.

Anyhoo, here is Frederick’s recipe for his crocodile adobo, he doesn’t want to tell me the measurement as he cooks patyamba style (measurement through estimation only).


Crocodile – 250 grams, cut into small pieces



Oil for saute’ing

lime juice

light soy sauce

dark soy sauce


Ground Peppercorns


- Sharosem(25March2011)

1 comment:

  1. What?!!! Are you kidding me? Crocodile meat... yuck. LOL