Sheep Testicles Taste Wonderful

Some people go to the Farmers Market to buy colorful and overpriced produce. I used to play that game, but not anymore. My primary interest is to get the highest nutritional density per dollar. Paying $4 for a bunch of kale doesn’t cut it for me.

The most nutrient dense food you can buy comes from the nasty bits. Liver, kidney, heart and marrow bones come to mind. Well recently I had the opportunity to try something completely different. The same booth that sold me the Icelandic Sheep Liver also sold Icelandic Sheep Testicles.


Not sure what the blue tint is from. Maybe it is an Icelandic thing? 🙂

For a mere $3, I walked away with 4 frozen sheep testicles. I had no idea how to cook them, but just days before I watched an episode of Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations where he was eating testicles in some wonderful far away land. Good enough for Anthony Bourdain, good enough for me. I love exploring traditional cuisine. Growing up in Ohio my traditional cuisine was canned SpaghettiOs and peas.

My research told me that I could either deep fry the balls or grill them. I chose the grill.


Sorry the photo blurred. I’ll try and replace it the next time I make this dish.

Here is the recipe. Put on grill, let it cook and flip it so it cooks evenly. Add salt and pepper and eat. Actually, I don’t have a recipe. But simplicity works. Don’t over think this.



The taste was unique. The outside had a meaty crispiness to it, but the inside actually tasted like a scallop. And I love scallops. Bon appétit!


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  1. We call them Rocky Mountain Oysters up here 🙂

  2. This is where I draw the line, your creeping me out dude.

  3. I like how Anthony Bourdain said that most disgusting thing he ever ate was a Chicken McNugget.

  4. J. Scott Shipman

    May 25, 2012 — 11:13 am


    I’m with Ed on this one…I shopped this around my network and Ed isn’t alone:))

    Good on you!

  5. I did some searching on the nutrition.

    High in protein and high in cholesterol, which makes this food seriously anabolic.
    (link removed)

    Did I mention they tasted wonderful? 🙂

  6. This I will never ever ever eat, but I was wondering what farmer’s market sells the icelandic sheep liver?

  7. @Roberta – Ballard Farmers Market (Seattle). They were sold out of liver last Sunday.

  8. I’m there every weekend. I’ll have to keep my eyes open.

  9. @Roberta – Their booth is at the front (north end).

  10. I’ve tried them a couple of times and like them too! Unfortunately even in France you can only get them at a few specialist markets in the bigger cities.

  11. Here in Germany you can get them at many Turkish supermarkets (and probably at all the others by predordering) – present-day Turkish cuisine may be a vegetable oil-driven nightmare, but you can always get your meat fix.

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