While snacking on a cicada may not be your idea of a delicious treat, they’re high in protein, low-fat, low-carb, gluten-free and, over the course of the next several weeks, will be plentiful and fairly easy to forage. The clock is ticking, though.
Jenna Jadin, an entomologist who wrote “Cicada-Licious,” the definitive cicada cookbook in 2004, says the bugs are best to eat shortly after they’ve hatched, before their exoskeletons have hardened. Early morning is the ideal time to catch them. Cicadas with hardened shells should be boiled before eating. Never forage cicadas that are already dead.
So, how do they taste? Bon Appetit says cicadas are similar to soft-shell crab, “but with subtle overtones of boiled peanuts, the kind only a backroads gas station can really do right.”
RTFA. Try it! I did…34 years ago back East. My friends who did the catching and cooking did pretty much Wild Food Italian 101 using good extra virgin olive oil and garlic chunks to wok fry ’em…like one of the recipes in this article.