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Banana Slug Sushi

There’s probably a reason this recipe is on the last page of the local cookbook, A Taste of Humboldt. But if you’re looking for something to eat while your veggies grow, here’s a way to keep the slimy buggers out of your bean patch.

Slugs, once cleaned and sautéed probably have the consistency of mushrooms. Or maybe chicken. Feel free to report back and let us know.

Thanks to Fred for the inspiration to hunt down this recipe. He’s betting this niche food could be a new industry in Humboldt County. With zero overhead and an endless supply of slugs it’s a sure success. If you could attract customers, of course.

Maybe the Headwaters Fund would float the slug-eating entrepreneur a grant.

(Click the recipe to enlarge.)

  1. Anonymous
    May 28, 2007 at 1:58 pm | #1

    Thanks
    I live on the north side of a hill, I may never have to buy chicken again!

  2. Anonymous
    May 28, 2007 at 2:06 pm | #2

    There have been times when I would have liked to give you a banana slug Heraldo.

  3. Heraldo Riviera
    May 28, 2007 at 5:08 pm | #3

    Perhaps a raspberry would suffice.

  4. Anonymous
    May 29, 2007 at 12:47 am | #4

    Very racist in the context Fred put it. Your timing is impeccable Heraldo.

  5. Jennifer Savage
    May 29, 2007 at 11:02 am | #5

    I just shared your recipe on KSLG. Perhaps we should serve this at our next anniversary party.

    Not sure I could get past the “gut and clean like a fish” part, though.

  6. Heraldo Riviera
    May 29, 2007 at 11:10 am | #6

    Cool, Jennifer! Quite appropriate for KSLG.

    I guess the expectation is that someone willing to eat banana slugs has gutted fish. Another confusing part is that “hidden shell” you have to remove from the “head area.” Why not just cut the head off?

  7. saf
    May 30, 2007 at 4:31 pm | #7

    A recipe I developed while wandering the lost coast.

    Chicken Fried Slugs:

    1. collect medium sizeds slugs.

    2. prepare mix of flour, salt, pepper and whatever spices you like with chicken.

    3. chop the slugs heads off and set aside.

    (note:the guts come out on thier own but may need a little help.)

    4. coat bodies and heads in mixture of flour and spices. The slug slime substitutes for egg.

    5. drop on a hot pan and fry until no longer sticky. (about 8-10 minutes)

    Sand and wood ash have so far proven to be the most effective in removing the build up of gummy slime on the knife.

  8. Heraldo Riviera
    May 30, 2007 at 7:26 pm | #8

    The slug slime substitutes for egg.

    I don’t even know what to say. Just wow.

    *shudder*

    Glad you cut the heads off.

    It might be good to dip them in buttermilk before throwing them in the flour. Of course, the slime might be a good substitute for

    *shudder*

  9. Anonymous
    May 30, 2007 at 11:14 pm | #9

    KSLG is a propaganda tool for the local Dems to bash anyone to the right or especially to the left of them.

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