Are Coots good to eat?

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  1. waterswatter

    waterswatter Elite Refuge Member

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    When I was young, I was told to never shoot Coots, presumably because of the way they taste. Has anyone tried them? How do they taste?
     
  2. FowlShot

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    They are "different," but I like them every now and then...
    Either fried or in gravy.
     
  3. Rick Hall

    Rick Hall Elite Refuge Member

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    Breast fillets simply sauteed in butter with a dash of Lawry's and eaten while still pink in the middle remind me of deer heart prepared the same, which is my favorite cut of venison.

    Might be popular to make fun of them elsewhere, but here in South Louisiana where flavor still often tops sporting quality, many choose coots ("poule d'eau") over a variety of ducks most areas would envy.
     
  4. 1995 US1

    1995 US1 Moderator Sponsor Moderator

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    Sauteed in butter and lightly seasoned with Paul Prudhomme's Blackened Redfish Seasoning.
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    SwampHunter Elite Refuge Member

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    The folks that told you that probably never ate coot. Around here they eat the same things puddle ducks eat. What that be grain, fish or corn out of the turd pond.
     
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    The Mad Duck Elite Refuge Member

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    Roll in Mustard (spicy, yellow, no matter)
    Roll in flower
    Sautee in hot Olive oil until pink in the middle


    Yummmm!!
     
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    lanthanide Elite Refuge Member

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    I read of a recipe that called for soaking the coot for 24 hrs in 'Jack Daniel's'.


    ...........then preparing only the 'gravy'. :eek:


    never eaten one.
     
  8. smashdn

    smashdn Elite Refuge Member

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    Gizzards and breast meat are both good.

    Would you eat a purple gallinule or another rail?

    Wigeon and grey ducks steal food from them on the lakes around here. Usually grass that the coots dive for. That is another reason why wigeon are called robbers.
     
  9. Dennis McCullar

    Dennis McCullar Elite Refuge Member

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    Their gizzards make great gumbo.
     
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    h2ofwlr Elite Refuge Member

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    I know some guys marinate them (as well as other stronger tasting fowl) in milk over night. They do make a great gumbo! For the Yankee folks, think of it like preparing a thick stew ;)
     

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