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Old 07-09-2018, 08:09 PM   #1
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Default Soft shell turtle - Good to eat?

We caught 3 big (maybe 15lb) soft shelled turtles last week. Are they good to eat? If they are what do they compare to? I wouldn't mess with one unless they are very good.

How would you clean one and cook it?
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Old 07-09-2018, 08:11 PM   #2
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Yeah they're good to eat. Not special or worth me messing with. If somebody else takes the time to clean and cook then I'll eat it.
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Old 07-09-2018, 08:11 PM   #3
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Calling Cajun Blake. Yes they are really good. I have had it a couple times at the duck camp but I personally have never cooked it. Always the guys from Louisiana doing the cooking.
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Old 07-09-2018, 08:14 PM   #4
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Oh yeah, chicken fried, or in soup or stew.
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Old 07-09-2018, 08:17 PM   #5
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Yes. My dad would use tin snips on the shell for cleaning. Makes it alot easier to clean. Fried up and they're very good.
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Old 07-09-2018, 08:17 PM   #6
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Always heard they were good, but have yet to try it.
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Old 07-09-2018, 08:26 PM   #7
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I've heard they're better to eat than snapping turtles but I don't know. I've killed and ate a snapping turtle before and it wasn't too bad. Just cut it's head off and I used a flat head screw driver and a hammer to open the shell. You can see a seem where the top and bottom shell are joined. Just hammer into that and pry them apart.

I used side cutters and clipped the meat off the top shell. It comes out in different sections.

Cut the feet off and skin before you get it all taken off the shell. That skin on those suckers is pretty tough.

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Old 07-09-2018, 08:30 PM   #8
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They taste alot like snapper
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Old 07-09-2018, 08:37 PM   #9
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When I was younger my grandpa would take us to the river a couple of summers in a row and we would catch a few to eat. To be honest I was young (10 or so) and didn't really pay attention to how he cleaned them (I wish I would've). I do know he fried them up. They tasted fairly good to me.

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Old 07-09-2018, 08:41 PM   #10
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Ok. I’ll just say it. I really do consider myself an outdoorsman. However, with what some of you guys/gals are willing to eat... I’m speachless.
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Old 07-09-2018, 08:43 PM   #11
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The best of the turtles to eat... especially cajun turtle soup with sherry and a shrimp po boy... One of my very favorite meals! Used to be a place in Morgan City we went for lunch when we were at the McDermott yard... That's what I had every time I went... only change would be occasionally have an oyster po boy instead of shrimp po boy...
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Old 07-09-2018, 08:48 PM   #12
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I’ve never had turtle but I’ve always wanted to
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Old 07-09-2018, 08:51 PM   #13
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this one ate a football jig


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Old 07-09-2018, 08:51 PM   #14
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They are good fried. Had it when I was younger and it sure was good. Old Germans don't waste anything.
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Old 07-09-2018, 08:52 PM   #15
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All I can compare them to is every other reptile I've eatin. They're all basically the same taste wise I think. Same texture as alligator.
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Old 07-09-2018, 08:56 PM   #16
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Never ate any turtle

But my grandma said they had different kinds of meat, some similar to beef, some similar to chicken, some similar to pork, etc

rbsears there is a list of things I don't particularly want to eat but turtle is not on it

Organ meat and possums are at the top
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Old 07-09-2018, 08:57 PM   #17
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We fried some and took it to a pot luck dinner at church. Didn't tell anyone what it was.... they all said they loved the fried deer meat lol.
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Old 07-09-2018, 08:58 PM   #18
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The best of the turtles to eat... especially cajun turtle soup with sherry and a shrimp po boy... One of my very favorite meals! Used to be a place in Morgan City we went for lunch when we were at the McDermott yard... That's what I had every time I went... only change would be occasionally have an oyster po boy instead of shrimp po boy...
I am slowly coming to the conclusion we are brothers from different mothers.
With me it was turtle soup peca..
Buy a case of beer and start chopping up the turtle, throw the meat in a bowling pot of spices and buy a case of beer.
Two hours later buy a case of beer and serve dinner to 40 people...
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Old 07-09-2018, 09:06 PM   #19
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They are excellent table fair. They need to be put in a tub of fresh water to purge. My brother used a galvanized tank maybe thigh high. He would catch them and put them in the tank for a couple of days, then clean and chicken fry them. That was in MO and the temps weren't what they will be in TXT.
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Old 07-09-2018, 09:09 PM   #20
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https://youtu.be/4ITUlzKw-nE

I have eaten it in soup, fried, and very similar to this. Except, I like to use gulf oysters instead of shrimp. Either is good though. The main ingredient is the cajun holy grail.
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Old 07-09-2018, 09:10 PM   #21
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They are excellent table fair. They need to be put in a tub of fresh water to purge. My brother used a galvanized tank maybe thigh high. He would catch them and put them in the tank for a couple of days, then clean and chicken fry them. That was in MO and the temps weren't what they will be in TXT.
Sounds like a very good idea.
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I have eaten it in soup, fried, and very similar to this. Except, I like to use gulf oysters instead of shrimp. Either is good though. The main ingredient is the cajun holy grail.
U mean Cajun "Trinity"? onion, bell pepper, n celery... That's the sacred combination for many, many Cajun dishes aaahhheeeeee!!
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Old 07-09-2018, 09:20 PM   #23
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Never ate any turtle

But my grandma said they had different kinds of meat, some similar to beef, some similar to chicken, some similar to pork, etc
This is what I've heard. We caught one on a trotline several years ago and my BIL's uncle mentioned cooking it, but didn't want to clean it. We cut the line and let it go.

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Old 07-09-2018, 09:20 PM   #24
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I have had them fried in NOLA, very good eating!!
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Old 07-09-2018, 09:22 PM   #25
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U mean Cajun "Trinity"? onion, bell pepper, n celery... That's the sacred combination for many, many Cajun dishes aaahhheeeeee!!
Yea. That stuff. Goes in everything. And, some chopped garlic for me.
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Yea. That stuff. Goes in everything. And, some chopped garlic for me.
Thanks for posting that video... I'm goin' turtle fishin'!! I gotta try this myseff!
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Old 07-09-2018, 10:25 PM   #27
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Old 07-09-2018, 10:42 PM   #28
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Funny story about soft shell

Back when I was a lot younger, 18-19 or so, I had a friend that had a bunch of lines out on the river and talked me and another guy into going and running them in the middle of the night

We pulled up to a line and the other guy starts pulling it in and it has a soft shell on it. He asks what it is and my friend hollers leather back and the guy lets go of the line real quick

My friend asked why he did that and the guy says "you said let it back! And I didn't know what the heck it was"

Apparently he had never seen a soft shell
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The best of the turtles to eat... especially cajun turtle soup with sherry and a shrimp po boy... One of my very favorite meals! Used to be a place in Morgan City we went for lunch when we were at the McDermott yard... That's what I had every time I went... only change would be occasionally have an oyster po boy instead of shrimp po boy...


My uncle had a seafood place under the bridge right by McDermott yard.


The best way to have it is Turtle Sauce Piquant. Itís more like a crawfish etouffee than a gumbo.

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Old 07-10-2018, 02:03 AM   #30
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My uncle had a seafood place under the bridge right by McDermott yard.


The best way to have it is Turtle Sauce Piquant. Itís more like a crawfish etouffee than a gumbo.
That was about the only way my mom would cook it. My dad loved anything cooked in a red gravy.
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Old 07-10-2018, 06:49 AM   #31
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I came across one one time in my ups truck. Sucker was no joke bigger than a trash can lid. I tried to help it cross the road it was meaner than haties
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Old 07-10-2018, 07:43 AM   #32
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Ate my share as kid mostly soups stews gumbos....Yea there a little trouble to clean..But of course now days you can sit around and watch TV or play on cell...I go for turtle cleaning its more fun...and free lunch
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Old 07-10-2018, 08:29 AM   #33
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My uncle had a seafood place under the bridge right by McDermott yard.


The best way to have it is Turtle Sauce Piquant. Itís more like a crawfish etouffee than a gumbo.
Man, with a good sauce piquant, boot leather tastes good!! Had an old friend on our deer lease that grew up on Lake Pontchartrain and he'd make a sauce piquant in a big ol Mag-na-lite 2 burner pot or pot roast duck that would make you go home an' slap yo mamma cause she can't cook like dat!! My favorite I think tho was when he used redfish.
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Old 07-10-2018, 08:36 AM   #34
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They are good fried or in soup and gumbo, I think they are a lot easier to clean than a hard shell, pretty sure it can be done with just a sharp knife. My Dad or Grandpappy always did the cleaning.
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Old 07-10-2018, 08:56 AM   #35
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They are good just be sure to remove all of the fat.
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Old 07-10-2018, 09:31 AM   #36
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Delicious to eat.
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Old 07-10-2018, 10:00 AM   #37
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I have eaten it in soup, fried, and very similar to this. Except, I like to use gulf oysters instead of shrimp. Either is good though. The main ingredient is the cajun holy grail.
Have done it this way too. Except I used crawfish instead of shrimp. And chicken instead of turtle.
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Old 07-10-2018, 10:11 AM   #38
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Carve out meat and then make turtle soup following Brennan's recipe: http://www.brennansneworleans.com/recipes/turtle-soup/.

I like to grind it versus cubing.
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Carve out meat and then make turtle soup following Brennan's recipe: http://www.brennansneworleans.com/recipes/turtle-soup/.

I like to grind it versus cubing.
That sounds like the ticket right there!! Thanks for posting.
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Old 07-10-2018, 12:55 PM   #40
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Yeah they're good to eat
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Old 07-10-2018, 01:05 PM   #41
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They are excellent table fair. They need to be put in a tub of fresh water to purge. My brother used a galvanized tank maybe thigh high. He would catch them and put them in the tank for a couple of days, then clean and chicken fry them. That was in MO and the temps weren't what they will be in TXT.
x'2 plus cut the head and bleed them out
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Old 07-10-2018, 01:19 PM   #42
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No sir. Not as long as there are speckled trout, redfish, bass, catfish and crappie swimming in Texas. Theres also alot of deer and pigs runnin around these days.
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Old 07-10-2018, 01:28 PM   #43
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Heck yeah its good. It sales for about $18 per lb. around here.
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Old 07-10-2018, 07:00 PM   #44
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Ate plenty of fried fried softshells when I was a youngster. I really liked it. Havent heard of purging?
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Old 07-10-2018, 07:02 PM   #45
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I came across one one time in my ups truck. Sucker was no joke bigger than a trash can lid. I tried to help it cross the road it was meaner than haties
I was about to say I didnt know they could jump that high
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Old 07-10-2018, 07:45 PM   #46
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My uncle had a seafood place under the bridge right by McDermott yard.


The best way to have it is Turtle Sauce Piquant. Itís more like a crawfish etouffee than a gumbo.
Ats what I'm talkin bout . . Piquant . .
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Carve out meat and then make turtle soup following Brennan's recipe: http://www.brennansneworleans.com/recipes/turtle-soup/.

I like to grind it versus cubing.

This is my favorite! Turtle sauce picaunt is second!!


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Old 07-10-2018, 08:11 PM   #48
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This is my favorite! Turtle sauce picaunt is second!!


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Put out a couple of turtle lines tomorrow . . I'll come eat with you . .
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Old 07-10-2018, 08:32 PM   #49
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Heck yeah its good. It sales for about $18 per lb. around here.
If you really want to know how to cook ask this guy. He does it for a living in La..
And, in an area if you suck you go out of business fast.
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I ain't believin' Cajun Blake ain't chimed in on this thread and with pics!! C'mon Blake, whur u at?!
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