Eating cane toads a healthy choice - for you and the planet

IT SOUNDS like something out of that awful dining scene in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, where the white Western heroes watched Indian aristocrats indulge in beetles and monkey's brains.

But instead of eating jungle fauna, a Southern Cross University professor is recommending we turn the kingpin of pests - the ever multiplying cane toad - into everyday dinner table fare.

>> Are you game? Check out this recipe for sauteed cane toad legs

It would make for a horror brief for a marketing agency, but Professor Philip Hayward said it could be done.

"If you extracted the meat and packaged it and called it something else it could be effective," he said.


"In Australia, you would have to process them in some way so it didn't look anything like the cane toad when you bought it because no one wants to buy a snap frozen cane toad.

"You could do 'fish' cakes or toad cakes or you could actually sell the pre-cooked legs as an hors d'oeuvre. You just need a bit of creative marketing."

It begs the question: Why?

Well, the idea hasn't come overnight. Prof Hayward has prepared a research paper outlining the case for a regulated cane toad industry.

It will be presented to the Regional Food Cultures and Networks Conference at Byron Bay this weekend.

One benefit: Cane toads, despite their notorious toxins, are "rich in protein" and "high in Omega 3".

And consuming the toads would be a sustainable industry purely because we'd be eating a pest that is multiplying of its own accord, so the best thing we could do is slow or stunt their growth rate.

"Cane toads are a harvestable asset that is not restricted by protection laws and/or by cultural reticence about culling and reducing the population," Prof Hayward said.

"They are therefore relatively cheap to gather."

The toads could even become a valuable export commodity for Australia, being shipped to South East Asia where people already eat frogs but have decimated their native population.

"There has been a marked reduction in frog numbers over the past few decades as a result of pollution, reduction in habitat and over-exploitation of remaining frog supply areas, meaning the Austral-ian toad populations are bucking a global trend," Prof Hayward said.

Any toad meat consumed by humans would have to be safely prepared.



10 cane toad legs

1/2 cup cooking oil

2 bunches chopped coriander

¾ cup lemon juice

1 cup water

5 cloves garlic, minced



In a large, heavy skillet, fry the frog or chicken legs in the heated oil until browned.

In a separate saucepan combine the remaining ingredients and simmer over low heat, stirring occasionally, for five to 10 minutes.

Pour the sauce over the cane toad legs.

Transfer to a lightly oiled baking pan at 180 degrees or 15 minutes.

SOURCE: ABC Katherine

Topics:  cane toads editors picks

STORM IS COMING: The entire Northern Rivers will be impacted

Stormy weather is coming this way.

Northern Rivers is in for some interesting weather today

Coraki clinic closes and moves the doctor to Casino

No doctor for Coraki again.

Coraki has a hard time keeping a doctor

Ten things to do this week

A photo from the 2015 Pink Halloween event, hosted by Lismore charity Jodie's Inspiration.

Halloween, shows, music, art and more

Local Partners

Car chases and ducks, all in a day's work at cafe

ANYONE who has travelled the Pacific Highway between Sydney and Brisbane would know of the Parkside Cafe at Woodburn.

Stunning orchids on show in Lismore tomorrow morning

ONE of the magical orchids in show at Lismore Central at this year's Northern Rivers Orchid Species Society annual show.

Nature's most exotic works of art on show

Ten things to do this week

A photo from the 2015 Pink Halloween event, hosted by Lismore charity Jodie's Inspiration.

Halloween, shows, music, art and more

Exterminate! Exterminate! The Daleks are coming

BCC Lismore will be screening a limited-run theatrical special presentation event of Doctor Who: The Power of the Daleks animated series from Saturday, November 12.

A much celebrated Doctor Who story is coming to Lismore and ByronBay

Mariah Carey and James Packer discussing relationship

Mariah Carey and James Packer are discussing how to work things out

January Jones: Take time away from your phone

January Jones needs time away from her phone

Mel C won't return to Spice Girls for daughter

MEL C is adamant she won't reunite with the Spice Girls

60's British rock legends to return to Australia

The Troggs will play a string of dates across Australia in November.  Photo Contributed

We all remember 'Wild Thing' and now you can hear it live.

Depp jumps ship from agency of 25 years

Johnny Depp has signed to CAA after 25 years with the United

Orlando Bloom 'buried' Katy Perry in birthday flowers

Orlando Bloom "buried" Katy Perry in flowers for her birthday

Want to own one of Australia's best restaurants?

TOP GONG: Mooloolaba Spice Bar has been named in TripAdvisor's Top 10 Australian restaurants for 2016.

Here's your chance to pick up one of the Coast's favourite eateries

Tough times in CBD: Woolies says goodbye Ipswich

Woolworths in the Ipswich Mall.Photo: Rob Williams / The Queensland Times

The last day of trading will be January 1

Look at me! Kath and Kim home up for sale

Kath and Kim from the iconic Aussie TV series.

'Crack open the Baileys and grab a box of BBQ Shapes'

Hinterland horse stud passed in for $8.25 million

UNREAL: This Maleny estate is incredible.

12-bedroom hinterland horse stud still available

Hit songwriter's Noosa mansion on market

SPECIAL PLACE: The Cintamani estate is going to tender, marketed by Tom Offermann Real Estate.

Is this Queensland's best property?

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!