Can you eat crow meat?

In this article, we will answer the question “Can you eat crow meat?”, and how to cook crow meat?

Can you eat crow meat?

The taste of the dark crow meat is much similar to chicken and turkey. More specifically, crow meat tastes slightly bitter with earthy undertones and a hint of black pepper spice. 

The texture is defined as a bit rough and stringy. This high protein and low-fat meat contain minerals like iron, potassium, phosphorus, zinc, and vitamin B12.

Phanatic cyst nematode is a bird parasite that resides in its intestines. It can also infect humans. Therefore, you must take caution while buying crow meat.

Native Americans of North America are famous for hunting crows back in the day. They used to eat crow raw. Presently, most people like to eat crow meat after cooking it. 

Cooking melts fat and if not properly carried out, may dry out the meat. Raw crow meat has all the juices intact.

Cooked and properly prepared crow meat tastes similar to a goose or a duck. Uncooked crow meat has a rough and grainy taste and texture.

Where to buy crow meat?

Crow hunting is, indeed, an adventurous and fun-packed outdoor activity. Crow hunters are fit and confident individuals. There are specific areas and seasons during which crow hunting should be carried out as per the state laws.

Before buying crow meat from a trusted and certified supplier, make sure the crows are aware not subjected to any antibiotics or cruelty. Crow meat is easily available in butcher shops and some grocery stores.

Crow meat also comes in smoked or pickled form. A pound of fresh or frozen crow meat is sold at a price range of 24$-36$.

How to cook crow meat?

Crow meat is a go-to meat choice for people who are watching out for weight gain and want to fulfill their protein requirements. Crow meat has less fat than chicken and has very low cholesterol. 

Some say that this protein and iron-rich meat has a similar taste to pheasant and partridge. The cooking methods are also similar, that is; roasting or grilling with little oil until browned.

It can also be cooked using a slow cooker and added to stews or casseroles. It can also be used in soups, stocks, chowders, and homemade sauces. Crow is game meat and it loves different types of spice rubs.

Crow meat can also be baked in the oven. But, due to a drier texture, baked crow meat is added to the gravy, a sauce, or any other liquid that can make it juicier.

What diseases do crows carry?

According to Medical News Today, humans and birds share many common parasites. Some of the diseases that are commonly found in crows and that can be transmitted to humans are given below.

Histoplasmosis: This respiratory infection is caused by a fungus called Histoplasma, which commonly resides in the dried bird droppings or the soil contaminated with the bird droppings.

Cryptococcosis: It is a pulmonary infection caused by yeast that infects the intestines of birds. It spreads through contact with bird droppings or by inhaling soil contaminated with infectious yeast.

Salmonellosis: It is caused by Salmonella which resides in the intestines of birds and animals. It spreads through contact with the bird droppings or by ingesting food that is contaminated with bird droppings or animal feces. The symptoms are similar to food poisoning. 

E.coli: E.coli infects the lower intestines of the birds. It spreads through food or water contaminated with bird droppings. 

Some of the bugs that are commonly found in birds and readily spread to humans are given below.

Bed bugs: Bed bugs can suck up blood 5 times their weight. They feed on domestic animals, farm animals, and humans.

Chicken mites: They feed on humans and sometimes on birds and spread encephalitis.

West Nile Virus: It is indirectly transmitted to humans when a mosquito bites a human after biting an infected bird.

How to make barbecued black crows?


  • 2 Rock Cornish hens (16 oz each), skin removed, cut lengthwise in half
  • ⅓ cup soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp packed brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp dark sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp grated ginger root
  • ¼ tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 3medium green onions, finely chopped (3 tablespoons)
  • 3cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 tsp sesame seed, toasted, if desired
  • Additional green onions, sliced diagonally, if desired


  1. Place the marinated hens in a resealable plastic bag and refrigerate for at least 8 hours, 24 hours tops.
  1. Get rid of the marinade and place the hens(cut side down) on preheated gas or charcoal grill. Grill, covered, for 14-16 mins.
  1. Rest for 5 mins before serving with sesame seeds and green onions.


In this article, we answered the question “Can you eat crow meat?”, and how to cook crow meat?


Hello, I'm Sana Ameer. I'm a student of Food Science and Technology at UVAS. I like to bake and I aspire to become a Food blogger.