Does rattlesnake actually taste like chicken?
Snake doesn't taste like much, and is full of little bones.
Life is good at the top of the food chain. Snake is actually a rather popular protein in parts of the world, but does it actually taste any good?
“Rattlesnake tastes, when breaded and fried, like a sinewy, half-starved tilapia,” according to The New York Times. Called “desert whitefish” in the Southwest, it’s reportedly “bland and difficult to eat,” tough, sinewy, and full of little bones. There’s very little in the way of actual flavor.
If you want to eat snake for yourself, we suggest that instead of trying to work your way through it whole, you trim off as much meat as possible and add it to a stew or soup, or combine it with pork or chicken in a sausage. That way you can tell your guests they’re eating rattlesnake without making everyone choke on tiny bones. If you want to eat the heart, that’s up to you.