Sauteed June Bugs

By • June 7, 2010 11 Comments

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Author Notes: Those of you who know me well knew that this post was going to happen at some point. It's June on Cape Cod, which means one thing: june bugs. Big, noisy, and attracted to light at night, these guys congregate on our porch screens by the dozens. It's a snack that comes straight to you! A quick saute in olive oil with a sprinkling of salt and chili powder, and they are ready to eat. Once you get over the fact that you're eating a bug, you will notice that they have a nice, smooth, nutty flavor and a great crunch.lechef

Makes as many june bugs as you can catch

  • 12 Fresh live june bugs
  • 1 tablespoon Olive OIl
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Chili Powder
  1. Add the olive oil to a skillet heat until shimmering. Toss in the june bugs and saute for about 5 minutes, until crunchy. Sprinkle with salt and chili powder, and serve immediately.

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3 months ago Mary MacKenzie



12 months ago Codi Brown

as soon as they come into season ima try them ill let ya know how they are


over 1 year ago Elena

I've heard they are better if you pull their wings and legs off first, since they don't have any nutrition and don't add much to flavor. I have not attempted to try any myself but I am very curious. Some day I might overcome my bug superstitions especially if my husband agrees to give them a try (which will probably never


about 2 years ago Christa Joy Hicks

ewwww I think im gonna be sick


about 2 years ago Becky Brideau Gregg

this is just down right wrong


over 4 years ago Nora

Okey dokey. How about those Japanese beetles? Could this be the way to save the roses?


about 5 years ago lapadia

YIKES! I can barely look at this, but of course, that’s a matter of taste, isn’t it?


about 5 years ago mrslarkin

Mrs. Larkin is a trusted source on Baking.

I've eaten some weird things, but I don't think I can ever eat a bug. On purpose. Yes, definitely need the floss handy.


about 5 years ago aargersi

Abbie is a trusted source on General Cooking.

It seems like the little leggys would get stuck in your teeth.


about 5 years ago lechef

Haha, you'd have to catch a LOT of them!


about 5 years ago thirschfeld

Can you substitute lightning bugs? LOL