Living in the epicenter of Brood X you know I had to put together a Cicada Recipe.
Since Im not a frequent eater of bugs I figured a tempura battered cicada would be a great introduction to eating cicadas.
Pair the Tempura Cicada with a spicy Sriracha Aioli and you got yourself a tasty appetizer that's so good you can probably only make it once every other decade.
How To Catch Cicadas
Theres no magic method. We went out in the woods and they were literally on every bush and tree around. Just pick them up by the back pinching together the wings so they can't fly away and toss them in a bag.
Dont worry, they don't bite. Cicadas are just big clumsy bugs so they are pretty easy to just grab with your fingers.
I assume a butterfly net would work as well if you don't want to handle them.
Are Cicadas Edible?
As far as I can tell they sure are. I did rinse them off in warm water then pat them dry before frying.
In other parts of the world eating bugs is fairly common and an outstanding source of protein.