Recipe: Poached Burmese Python Curry

Ever wonder how to prepare python meat? Have you ever cared to know? Well. the big story coming from the Everglades in Southern Florida these days is the problems the locals are having with the influx of Burmese pythons that have made the Everglades their home. The problem is so bad that Florida has opened up hunting of these reptiles to try to cull their rapidly growing numbers. From Jan. 12 through Feb. 10 1,000 people have been granted permission to hunt the pythons on public land.

We felt that the quickest way to get more of these foreign invaders caught, would be to provide a recipe to use once the snakes are captured, so the python recipe we are sharing today is a poached Burmese python curry.

Poached Burmese Python Curry

Poached Burmese Python Curry


  • 1 pound Python steak
  • 4 -5 Shallots – peeled and sliced
  • 1 Tablespoon Turmeric powder
  • 5-7 Garlic cloves – peeled and pounded
  • Ginger – 2-3 inches long, peeled and pounded
  • Lime wedges
  • Kaffir lime leaves – finely chopped
  • Lemon peel/skin
  • 10 stems Lemon grass – peeled; finely chopped and pounded
  • 2 Teaspoons Paprika
  • White rice wine
  • 2 Teaspoons Salt
  • 2 Tablespoons Peanut oil
  • Chilies or black pepper seeds – pounded
  • Water


First, boil/poach the python steak with lemon peel, rough lemon-grass stems, skins of shallots, garlic and ginger in several ounces of water. When the flesh is soft, take the steak out and leave it to cool. Separate the bones from the flesh.

Fry shallots on low heat until slightly brown.

Add the ginger, garlic and all other spices.

Turn the heat up and keep on stirring for 3 minutes. Add flaked and diced python flesh. Add rice wine, a cup of water and salt. Reduce heat and simmer until lean.

Serve this with a plate of hot steamed rice and boiled seasonal greens.

If you are a in Southern Florida and have access to these snake invaders vittles, test out this python recipe and let us know if you liked our how to prepare python meat recipe.

Side note: Google really didn’t help in our research other than to find out that there finding a python recipe can be difficult.


2017-03-31T08:42:19+00:00 By |Recipes|

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  1. Marjorie Swift Jun 24, 2013 at 5:43 am

    I don’t know anyone in Burma, never have been to Burma and my first instinct to a 10-15 foot snake is, the same with spiders and snakes–don’t crawl into my bed or crawl into my shoes–we’re okay.

  2. Sue WeareUs Potter Dec 29, 2013 at 11:57 am

    I just saw Burmese Python steaks for sale in my local Tops Market, here in Syracuse, NY. We have a fairly large Mayamarian (Burmese) population so it makes some sense to see it here …. but $33.99/lb?????

    Just had to see IF I could find a recipe …. so THANK YOU for sharing this.

  3. Bill Lang Jun 29, 2017 at 3:54 pm

    Well at $33.99 per lb. (let's just call that $34.00 a lb.) python steak is quite expensive. A full grown BM Python is 20 feet long (let's say that 6" of BM python equals one pound of eatable meat, steaks, chips, sliced, chopped whatever) so in 6" pieces our 20' BM Python adds up to 40 pieces at 1lb each. @ $34.00 per Lb the bottom line
    is that our BM Python is worth $1,360.00.

    For that kind of money I can overnight the BM Python meat back to Burma. What the heck, even if BM Python meat sold here in
    Clearwater, FL for say $2.50 a lb, or for Pet Food @ $1.50 per lb (the hunter becomes the hunted) it might still be fun to go hunting them BM Pythons in the Everglades knowing I might make a little money.

    There might be a fee(s) paid by the state, by the head,
    by the pound, by the foot~whatever it takes to get BM Devil Snakes out of our river of grass. Weather it is fun or work, I don't much care, as it's to be done. Rabbits, foxes and large flocks of birds are pretty much a thing of the past and the snake lerkin in the grass IS a BM Python.

    Now it is true that it is said that they are hard to find! But I'd bet they show up real good with night vision equipment. I would also be willing to bet that many of the worlds receipts for Snake can be adapted for cooking Burmese Python. Barbecued BP anyone?. .

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