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Sauteed June Bugs

June  7, 2010
2 Ratings
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
In This Recipe
  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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    12 Reviews

    Chad B. May 26, 2016
    Wouldn't they already be crunchy?
    Mary M. June 13, 2015
    Codi B. September 16, 2014
    as soon as they come into season ima try them ill let ya know how they are
    Elena April 9, 2014
    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 happen...lol)
    Christa J. June 8, 2013
    ewwww I think im gonna be sick
    Becky B. June 7, 2013
    this is just down right wrong
    Nora December 2, 2010
    Okey dokey. How about those Japanese beetles? Could this be the way to save the roses?
    lapadia June 9, 2010
    YIKES! I can barely look at this, but of course, that’s a matter of taste, isn’t it?
    mrslarkin June 7, 2010
    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.
    aargersi June 7, 2010
    It seems like the little leggys would get stuck in your teeth.
    Author Comment
    lechef June 7, 2010
    Haha, you'd have to catch a LOT of them!
    thirschfeld June 7, 2010
    Can you substitute lightning bugs? LOL