Skip Nav
Food Video
These Chocolate Dragon Eggs Have a Colorful Surprise Inside
Original Recipes
20 Minutes Is All You Need For the Best-Ever Baked Chicken Breasts
Original Recipes
The Only Buttermilk Pancake Recipe You'll Ever Need

Would You Eat Fried Mealworms?

A couple of weekends ago, I attended a deep-fry party at my favorite bar in San Francisco, 15 Romolo. The fiesta was celebrating the inauguration of their new deep fryer and everyone was asked to bring an ingredient to fry. There was a delicious assortment of crispy goodness including Snickers, game hens, cheesecake, bacon (my contribution!), arancini, and crab cakes.There was also a selection of more outlandish items like fried durian, oranges, squab, and mealworms. Typically used for fishing bait, mealworms are the larvae of a beetle. They are perfectly OK to consume, so being an adventurous eater, I popped a few in my mouth. They tasted earthy, with a chewy texture similar to calamari. If you had been attending the party, do you think you could have stomached them?

Join The Conversation
jason4600 jason4600 8 years
god yes id eat them i took a survival course and am now a survival instructor and there not that bad pan fried ones taste a little like pop corn and in halifax nova scotia at the discovery museam they fry them up and you get a chance to eat them and they offer candy with mealworms in them like suckers...etc its not that bad before you say anything you should really try it
keiraz keiraz 8 years
it does look like fried calamari! yum!
danielle854 danielle854 8 years
with a spicy ketchup or hot sauce franks hot sauce makes almost everything better :)
bhustle bhustle 8 years
I think I just threw up a lil in my mouth.
cherrypop cherrypop 8 years
I would try fried durians ('cos I love durians), but fried bugs? Umm, maybe not. =X
Txredd Txredd 8 years
That's so gross! I'll pass.
madball madball 8 years
I'm game for pretty much anything, but I used to feed mealworms to my hedgehog. After seeing her eat them (still alive!), there's no way I could eat one.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
no way no how no can do! aside from the fact that i'm a vegetarian and i won't ever eat a living creature anymore- i think that it's just an awful thought!
tatsauce tatsauce 8 years
I love Romolo too! I would try the mealworms. I love anything deep fried except for candy and Twinkies, barf bag please!
kerabelle kerabelle 8 years
Not only would I not eat them but I would never eat anything out of that fryer again, thanks. Deep fry oil is most often reused over and over so I hope they waited to fry those till the end.
L0neLyHeArT L0neLyHeArT 8 years
Heck nooo..
Alissa-TG Alissa-TG 8 years
I had a friend growing up who was a bug fanatic! She always used to talk about eating bugs, so one day she made them for a bunch of us (this included mealworms) and we all tried them together. They don't taste like anything, but you have to get paste the fact that you are eating a bug.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I actually HAVE eaten fried mealworms and they are pretty good. I thought they kind of tasted a bit like toasted popcorn kernels. They had sort of a grainy flavor (I'm guessing because that's what they were fed their whole lives?) and they were actually pretty good.
rezgurl rezgurl 8 years
lol.. I don't think I would ever be that hungry... yikes.. just made me puke a little in my mouth!! lmao..
esthersim esthersim 8 years
that is just gross!! yuck!
gabiushka gabiushka 8 years
No thanks. I'll be kosher for this time.
fantastische fantastische 8 years
i've tried grasshopper snacks before so what's a mealworm or 10? yeah, it's probably gross but good for a conversation starter :P bring that up at happy hour and you're sure to get some attention!
Food Food 8 years
MMMMmmmm!!!! :Yum:
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Never ever...
smurfle smurfle 8 years
wow... that sounds like a healthy party. lol
BabeliciousSugar BabeliciousSugar 8 years
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
That picture made my stomach roll just looking at it. And while I'm all for trying anything once, this is one thing I would just have to miss out on.
lawchick lawchick 8 years
After a couple of beers, and with a spicy ketchup, sure I'd try this.
San Francisco Playlist
Cabin Bus From LA to San Francisco
Olive Garden's Deep-Fried Ravioli Recipe
From Our Partners
Latest Food
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds