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Turtle Soup

This hearty soup has a real "snappy" flavor from the cayenne pepper and lemon juice. It's a treat and good use of turtle meat. With a salad and fresh bread, a steaming bowlful makes a nice meal. -Dave Wood, Elmwood Park, New Jersey
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Cook: 2-1/4 hours
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1-1/3 pounds turtle meat
  • 4-1/2 cups water
  • 2 medium onions
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 5 tablespoons butter, cubed
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons tomato puree
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/3 cup chicken broth
  • 2 hard-boiled large eggs, chopped
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • Chopped fresh parsley, optional


  • In a heavy 4-qt. saucepan, bring turtle meat and water to a boil. Skim off foam. Chop 1 onion and set aside. Quarter the other onion; add to saucepan along with bay leaf, cayenne pepper and salt. Cover and simmer for 2 hours or until the meat is tender. Remove meat with a slotted spoon and cut into 1/2-in. cubes; set aside. Strain broth and set aside. Rinse and dry saucepan; melt butter over medium-high heat. Cook chopped onion until tender. Add flour; cook and stir until bubbly and lightly browned. Whisk in reserved broth; cook and stir until thickened. Reduce heat; stir in tomato puree and Worcestershire sauce. Simmer,
  • uncovered, for 10 minutes. Add chicken broth, eggs, lemon juice and meat. Simmer for 5 minutes or until heated through. Garnish with parsley if desired.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 325 calories, 18g fat (8g saturated fat), 156mg cholesterol, 898mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 1g fiber), 27g protein.

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  • Yvonne N Ellie
    Jul 26, 2020

    We left out the bay leaf, since we didn't have any right off. I caught 2 large snapping turtles, which are NOT endangered, cleaned them and made this. The hardest part of snapping turtles is the cleaning process. We thought the turtle tasted like alligator, which is also delicious, and had used this recipe for alligator before, so, the turtle was just as easy... ~Y

  • Shauger1962
    Apr 9, 2013

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  • Ziss
    Feb 4, 2010

    We haven't had turtle soup for years. After printing this recipe, my husband made it & found it was simple to make. We didn't have tomato puree so substituted tomato sauce which worked fine. The lemon juice offsets the sweetness of the turtle. We liked it.

  • ehlertn
    Oct 2, 2009

    Where can I get turtle meat?