Easy Stir-Fried Frog Legs & Hotel Chocolate Giveaways Winners!
I went to an Oriental supermarket a few days ago. Not that I needed to buy anything specific but I thought I would just browse. As I slowly checked all the shelves, I then walked pass a small fresh meat counter, I stopped and checked what they have to sell. Then, I spotted something that I haven’t seen nor eaten for the longest time ever! Yes, frog legs! Ok, you may think they look gross but, let me tell ya, they have been my favourite meat ever since I was a kid! Some of you may be thinking how could I love eating something that can jump when they are alive! Well, if you haven’t tried frog legs, I think you should give it a go, then you will understand! 🙂
They are not the most beautiful creatures in the world (nor do crocodiles look beautiful and adorable but their meat are eaten by human too!), but I have to say that the meat of frogs is so much better than chicken! They are very lean and firm. When I saw that, my brain received messages asking, to buy or not buy? I stood there, admiring the frog legs and thinking at the same time. I haven’t seen fresh frog legs sold anywhere so far, apart from the last time when I was in New York, at the Chinatown.
When I look at the photos that I took in NYC Chinatown, I still remember the conversation that I had with the Chinese man who was choosing frogs that were still alive! Now, I don’t think I am able to slaughter a frog. I never knew how it was done. I was asking myself if I had to buy live jumping frogs and slaughter them, would I still be able to eat them?
Frog legs are not only French delicacies, they are also widely eaten in Cantonese cuisine. If I had to choose, I still prefer how frog legs are normally cooked in Chinese way. I don’t really like the French way where frog legs are normally deep fried and serve with mayonnaise. For me, I love to stir-fry the frog legs with pungent ingredients, such as ginger, dried red chillies, garlic and spring onions.
This easy stir-fried frog legs can be done two ways – first option, you could deep fried them, by season then with salt and pepper, lightly coat with flour and deep fried them for about 8-10 minutes until they turn golden brown. The other option is to just stir-fry them. In the cooking method, I will include the deep-fried option, which I think makes the whole dish more complete and tastes better. Enjoy frog legs! 🙂 P/S: You can use chicken as a substitute if you want.
Oh yeah, I haven’t forgotten about the Hotel Chocolat Giveaways! I have random drawn the winners, they are:
1st prize: The Sleekster Classic Christmas Double Layer Selection – winner: Emma Chaves
2nd prize: Classic Christmas H-Box Selection – winner: Adele
3rd prize: Christmas Choc 8 Gift Box – winner: Louis
Congrats to all the winners! I am sure you will enjoy the yummy chocolates! I will email you all individually for your mailing address!
Easy Stir-Fried Frog Legs & Hotel Chocolate Giveaways Winners!
200g frog legs
some flour for dusting
salt and pepper
300ml sunflower oil
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
3cm piece ginger, peeled and sliced
6 (or more) dried red chillies, rinsed
1.5 tbsp oyster sauce
1 tbsp dark soya sauce
2 tsp chilli sauce
3-4 tbsp water
6 spring onions, cut into 5cm strips
a small handful of toasted almonds
1. Rinse the frog legs and cut in halves. Season with salt and pepper, then lightly dust them with flour, shake off any excess and set aside.
2. Heat the sunflower oil in a wok or deep frying pan to 180°C or until a small piece of bread turns brown in 15 seconds. Slowly put in the frog legs and fry them for about 8-10 minutes or until they turn golden brown. Remove the frog legs with kitchen tongs and drain on kitchen paper.
3. In a new pan or wok, add 1 tbsp of the used oil over medium-high heat, add the garlic, ginger and red chillies. Fry for 2-3 minutes until they are fragrant. Then, add the oyster sauce, dark soya sauce, chilli sauce and water. Stir until combine. Bring to the boil, add the deep fried frog legs. Stir thoroughly to make sure the sauce coat evenly. Cook for about 2 minutes to heat up. Add the spring onions, stir to combine.
4. Transfer to a serving plate, sprinkle over the toasted almonds and serve warm with boiled rice.
Congrats to the winners!
That is an original stir-fry! I ate frogs legs once in a Cinese restaurant in France and they tasted like chicken.
I enjoy frog legs too. I always try to get my fix when I am in Singapore. The stall I visit typically does it two ways – kung po and ginger+green onions, with the free congee that goes so well with the dishes.
I do see frog legs once in a while in the Asian supermarket here but I never buy them cos they don’t look fresh….(probably “previously frozen” and thawed at the counter. :O
Ginger + green onions way is nice too! It was my first time to buy the frog legs and didn’t know how much I really miss eating them!
i like to order this Kong Poh frog when take meal at outside restaurant..
I think it’s one of the nicest way to cook. 🙂
Oh, I once tried frog meat at my Chinese friend’s house. I like frog meat which tastes like chicken, although we can’t but them here in Japan. This stir-fry definitely goes too well with a bowl of rice:-)
Yes, it tastes like chicken and I can just have them with rice too. 😀
Look so delicious! I love frog legs too! Beside Kung po, I also live frog legs porridge 🙂
Oh yes, with porridge is nice.
I like frogs legs too although I’ve never cooked them from scratch-they look so different raw-like bodybuilders legs! 😛
hahah, what you said is so true. They do look like body builders legs!
I would probably freak out if I hadn’t had frog legs… it’s one of my adventurous meals that I had in Taiwan during my first trip (or maybe 2nd), along with deep fries bees. Yep, it tasted like chicken. Not sure if I can cook it but I am confident that I can eat it again… I think? lol.
Wow, with deep fried bees! I have never tried. Though it has been really a long time ago eating frog legs, they still taste just yummy!
It’s been ages, really ages, I didn’t eat frog legs… I do remember how much I liked them too when I was a child. Great stir-fry !
Same for me too. This dish just seems to bring back my childhood memory.
I love frog legs! In fact i just had a deep fried version with ginger when I was back in Singapore. Love the frog legs porridge in Geylang too but too bad I didn’t have a chance to go there this time round. Your version looks absolutely delicious!!! Which supermarket did you get them from? I haven’t yet seen them in London.
Oh wow, deep fried version with ginger is absolutely delish!
I bought them from the “Cost Cutter Oriental Supermarket” just opposite to Bayswater Underground.
I recalled eating frogs during childhood — my dad tricked me into believing it was chicken, but I was too smart to know it wasn’t 😉
Oh yeah, I have heard that trick before too.. hehe 🙂
Oh Leemei, this is also one of my favourite dishes! I have not eaten this for so long, thanks for the reminder. Now I can’t wait to have this soon…
Mine too. I can’t wait to buy some more!
A pungent, versatile stir-fry indeed; although I’m not a fan of frog legs, I like it to go with different types of meats, seafoods …
I am sure that this will go well with chicken or even prawns. 🙂
Same here. I’ve not eaten frog legs for a long long time. My mum used to cooked them with rice in winters.
That sounds yummy..
I have not eaten frogs legs for a long time, due to an “incident” sometime back 😡 yours look really homely and invitingly delicious.
Oh dear.. I hope that wasn’t something very serious..
I used to enjoy it but have not eaten it in eons until recently when I had a taste of it again. I must say this time it was a little hard for me. I like that you garnish it with toasted almonds.
Yeah it could a bit tough if haven’t tasted them for a while. The garnish of toasted almonds added a lovely texture.
Just found you through your guest post on My Lemony Kitchen. Happy to see more of your beautiful photography over hear. So happy to have found your site, hope to try some of your recipes soon.
Thank you for dropping by and your kind words. 🙂
Oooh haven’t had frog’s legs in a long time…..think this was how I used to have them….so yummy!!
Yup, very simple and yummy!
Frog legs… YUM!!! This is seriously one of my fav things to order in Chinese restaurants, haven’t had them in ages! Glad to read that this amazing recipe is much simpler to make at home than I thought! All I need now, is some frog legs if I can find any… Otherwise, I’m going back to Malaysia soon so I’m sure I get to have more of these babies soon. Though, I’d love to try and cook them one day with your recipe!
Yes this recipe is really easy and yummy! I was glad to have eaten frog legs, cos like you, I haven’t had them in ages!