How Do You Cook Turtle Meat?

How Do You Cook Turtle Meat?

In order to cook turtle meat, simmer the meat with water to cook through, and then create a soup with vegetables and seasonings. Use a dark roux of butter and flour to create the soup's base.

Turtle Soup

This recipe is for an easy and spicy soup that uses fresh turtle meat.

Prep Time: 15 min.

Cook Time: 1 hr. 45 min.

Ready In: 2 hrs.


  • 1 1/2 lbs. turtle meat
  • 2 3/4 teaspoons salt
  • 6 cups water
  • 3/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 tablespoons shallots, minced
  • 1-1/2 cup onions, chopped
  • 1/4 cup celery, chopped
  • 1/4 cup bell pepper, chopped
  • 3 whole bay leaves
  • 2 tablespoons garlic, minced
  • 1 cup tomatoes, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup dry sherry
  • 1/4 cup parsley, chopped
  • 1/2 cup green onions, chopped
  • 4 whole hard-boiled eggs, diced

  1. Cook the meat
  2. In a large saucepan, combine the meat, water, 1 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper and bring to a boil, skimming off the foam. Lower the heat and simmer for about 20 minutes. Turn off the heat and save the liquid. Dice the meat and set aside.

  3. Cook the base
  4. Combine the butter and flour in a separate large saucepan and cook for 6 to 8 minutes, stirring constantly. Add in the shallots, onion, celery and bell peppers and cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Add in the garlic and bay leaves and cook for 2 minutes. Add in the turtle meat and tomatoes and cook for 5 to 6 minutes.

  5. Boil the soup
  6. Add the Worcestershire sauce, salt, cayenne, lemon juice, sherry and the leftover turtle stock and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Then, add in the remaining ingredients and simmer for 45 minutes.