Believe it or not, there is nothing more intensely satisfying than the crunch of fried worms. And while they sound like they are a delicacy, eating fried worms at home is actually very easy. All you will need is breading and oil, which can be found in any grocery store and can be used for anything fried! Once that’s done, it’s time to fry some worms. Simply coat your prepared worm in baking flour and then fry them in batches with vegetable oil as hot as 170 degrees Fahrenheit for about 10-12 minutes or until the worms have absorbed enough grease to turn a golden brown color.
Step-By-Step recipes on how to prepare and eat fried worm
- First and Foremost, you need to prepare the worms. Typically, the worms you’d use for this experiment are red-worms or “red wigglers.” They are available in a lot of gardening stores, often sold as composting worms. You don’t have to prepare them in any special way, just be sure not to use any poisonous or harmful worms!
- Then you’ll need to get your breading ready! You can add anything from garlic to oregano to whatever else you feel will taste good with them. I recommend mixing some flour, salt, and pepper in a large bowl.
- Once you’ve got the worms prepared and your breading mixed up, you’re ready for the frying process! The first step is to heat about 2″ of vegetable oil in a heavy duty pot over medium-high heat until it reaches 170 degrees Fahrenheit. Be sure not to let it get too hot or too cold; if it’s too hot the worms will burn, and if it’s too cold they’ll soak up the oil like a sponge.
- Once that’s been achieved, fry the worms in batches until they turn a nice golden brown color, usually between 5-10 minutes. Once they’re done, drain them off and allow to cool.
- After you’ve drained the worms, transfer them to a mixing bowl and mix in any of your preferred seasonings you might have added. You’ll also want to toss in any seasonings you like with the flour in order to attain more flavor for your fried worm!
- Add about 2 eggs of a large egg, 1/4 cup all purpose flour , 1/4 teaspoon paprika and a nice pinch of salt . Mix this all up with your hands until it’s mixed nicely throughout the mixture.
- Next, you’ll want to dip the fried worms in the egg batter and then in your seasonings. Finally, place them on a baking sheet lined with pre-cooked farina . These are great for leftover worms!
- You can eat these fried worms alone (with ketchup or mayo) or with just about anything; I’ve even heard that they go great with mashed potatoes! Finally, if you are looking to take matters even further with your worm eating adventure, you can ask at your local worm farm for any new strains of red-worms being bred for higher protein content, which will make better bait for fishing. Just don’t forget to feed them once they’re full grown.
Enjoy the yummy worms. 🙂