Cicada recipes for the adventurous eater

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(WTAJ) — Cicadas are about as low on the food chain as you can get.

What eats them? Pretty much everything with a mouth! This includes pets, birds, rodents, marsupials, fish, insects, and even people.

In fact, many call them a delicacy! Here are links to some popular cicada recipes.

Cicada cookies come from the 2004 cookbook “Cicada-Licious: Cooking and Enjoying Periodical Cicadas.” Author Jenna Jadin said cicadas are a natural protein source.

Spicy Popcorn Cicadas are soaked in Worcestershire sauce before coating it in an egg and flour mix and frying it.

Tempura Cicada with Sriracha Aioli is another battered recipe that is paired with a spicy Sriracha Aioli.

Soft-shelled cicadas are another way to try the insects out if you’re feeling adventurous.

Cicadas Steamed Dumpling are created in the same way as a normal steamed dumpling, with a bit of a twist.

Fish soup with chicken and cicadas is definitely an interesting way to warm up on a cold day.

Saffron sea cicadas linquine pasta utilize cicadas as a substitute for shrimp. The cicadas are drizzled with white wine and saffron.

Ale with Cicadas (yep, it’s a beer)

How healthy are cicadas? They are low carb and high protein.

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