How to Cook Armadillo

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Armadillo meat has a taste similar to pork or beef.
Armadillo meat has a taste similar to pork or beef. (Image: Tom Brakefield/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

At first glance, an armadillo may seem like an odd choice to use as a meal's main dish. It is small with a very tough, leathery shell. However, armadillo meat is widely eaten throughout the southern U.S. in Central and South America. When properly prepared, tenderized, and marinated, it can be served by itself, or used as an ingredient in chili and entree dishes.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 lbs. armadillo meat
  • Meat tenderizer
  • Buttermilk
  • 8 ounces melted butter
  • Lemon juice

Marinate the meat in a mixture of equal parts buttermilk and meat tenderizer for three hours. When finished, wash the meat thoroughly to clean off the marinade.

Season the meat with a light amount of salt, pepper, and lemon juice. Spread a small amount of the melted butter over it.

Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F.

Wrap the meat in foil and place it in the oven. Bake it for 45 minutes.

Remove the meat from the foil, and glaze it with the remaining butter. Brown the meat on your stove top until it is cooked to your liking. The recipe serves four people.

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