Anyone got any good Pukeko recipes?

(Photo by Lee Taylor)

(Photo by Lee Taylor)

Andrew Sullivan blogged about a new roadkill law in Montana allowing people to take home roadkill which was previously illegal.

In the post he used a picture of a Pukeko, which don’t live in Montana. A mate of mine emailed Andrew and pointed out a few facts about Pukeko, he updated the post with my mates comments. 

Update from a New Zealand reader, who identifies the above bird and offers advice on eating roadkill:

The bird in your post a Pukeko, a prolific New Zealand waterfowl species that gets run over often. It does not get run over in Montana though.

Roadkill is ok to eat, but it depends on where it is hit. Rabbits and hares that get run over by a wheel are too badly bruised, but those that stick their heads up and get hit by the underside of the grill are fine. Birds can be good, but preferably if they come off the windscreen obliquely, rather than getting hit by the grill. Pheasants usually hit the windscreen and are not too badly damaged.

Pukeko is not regarded as a table bird in New Zealand, as it has suffered from the adage boil it with a rock and throw the pukeko out and eat the rock. It is ok to eat but you don’t get much meat, and it is tough if it is not allowed to settle in a fridge for about two weeks to allow the proteins to break down.

Pukeko is disgusting…does anyone have any decent pukeko recipes? Or eaten pukeko that they have enjoyed.



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  • blokeintakapuna

    No Pukeko recipes, but I once had a cheap steak that was about as tender a jandal, but not as tasty…

    Or, try marinade for about a month…

  • Saccharomyces

    Surely currying them up would work? Anything tastes OK in a curry.

  • smurfeet

    my nani cooked up road kill puk, simmered it for 2 hours then put every kind of veggy we had in the gardon with it for the last hour and it was so delicious we ate 2nds and 3rds, that night we were all really vomitty, we dont know whether it was because it was road kill or over indulgence but now when Nani says whos for puk soup we all run.

  • cows4me

    Yeah we give the bastards a tune up every now and then. They are nice birds but can be real arseholes sometimes. The pricks will walk along the top of silage wrapped in long sausage like tubes and peck holes in it, it’s death warrant time then. My wife’s auntie uses the feathers and weaves them into cloaks, they’re a work of art. As for eating, don’t even go there.

  • LionKing

    Ask Clint

  • Mark

    In a large pot, place two large softball sized stones (you can use three smaller stones), add one whole Pukeko and 5 litres of water. Bring to the boil then simmer for two days. Remove from heat, lift out the Pukeko and throw it away, drain the water, serve the stones hot.

  • Big pot of water on a gas ring. Take your favorite boot (red bands are recomended. Add boot and pukeko into pot and boil over night. Strain without allowing to cool. Throw away pukeko and eat the boot.

  • LabTested

    If you want to eat Road Kill, you need something a bit bigger

  • Lion_ess

    Are you sure this is not just Gareth Hughes dressed up in one of his many endangered-species costumes?

  • Goldie

    You are free to eat whatever you like – but please be aware of the risks (I don’t want any Whale Army guys getting sick!).
    When an animal is hit by a vehicle, ruptured internal organs contaminate the meat. The hide is also likely to be damaged, again, pushing bacteria and faecal contaminants into the meat. Some animals have musk glands which are not going to make eating an enjoyable experience. A lot of wild animals are sick with diseases that are kept under control in domestic livestock (Tb in particular). And some wild animals that are killed on the roads are there because they have been poisoned. In short, roadkill should be treated as contaminated and possibly poisonous.

  • PlanetOrphan

    Leave it outside until the ants come and eat it, then eat the ants?.

  • As a matter of fact I have eaten pukeko when times were tough, and there’s nothing wrong with it if you’re hungry and protein is hard to find. So yes I do know a recipe, but I would still not call it ‘good’.

  • steve and monique

    Find 1 Pukeko Put 2 x 12 gauge rounds up the spout(semi auto more fun).Line up said bird,and stuff two(+) rounds into bird. Leave remains where landed,as good for fuck all.

  • Travis Poulson

    “Pukeko is disgusting…does anyone have any decent pukeko recipes?”

    If you’re having to roll shit in glitter, I’d find something else to eat instead.

  • Travis Poulson

    Hey Clint, how do we cook Pooks?