Turtle Soup Recipe
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Turtle Soup Recipe

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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:4-6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 2-1/4 hours
MAKES: 4-6 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

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 325 calories, 18g fat (8g saturated fat), 156mg cholesterol, 898mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 1g fiber), 27g protein.


  1. 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,
  2. 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. Yield: 4-6 servings.
Originally published as Turtle Soup in Taste of Home April/May 1995, p33

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Ziss User ID: 2166060 7616
Reviewed 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 User ID: 1826861 7609
Reviewed Oct. 2, 2009

"Where can I get turtle meat?"

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