Southern Fried Rattlesnake

Southern Fried Rattlesnake


  • 1 rattlesnake, skinned and cleaned
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • Pinch of black pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 3/4 cups buttermilk
  • Vegetable oil, for frying


Cut the rattlesnake into 4-inch pieces. Combine the salt, peppers, garlic powder, onion powder, flour, and cornstarch in a medium bowl and set aside. Soak the rattlesnake in the buttermilk for 30 minutes to an hour.

Heat 2 inches of oil in a medium pan until it reaches 375 degrees F. Then dredge the rattlesnake pieces in the flour. Cook the rattlesnake in the oil in batches to not overcrowd the pan. Cook 2 to 3 minutes or until the pieces are golden brown. Serve.

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