Mountain Oysters Cooked Two Ways

Grieb Ranch enjoys two recipes for Mountain Oysters, a cowboy delicacy, depending on the environment they find themselves cooking them. As a college student, Connie deep fried the oysters and served them to her classmates.

Mountain Oysters Cooked Two Ways | The Story of Ranching at Grieb Ranch

Mountain Oyster Deep Fried Recipe

“I deep-fried some mountain oysters as a low cost meal for my cooking class at Cal Poly.  The girls at my table at first had no idea that the oysters were bull testicles.  One said they were the best oysters she had ever eaten.  It was then that I let her know that they were not from the ocean.”


  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. salt (or 1 tsp SuzieQ Seasoning)
  • 2 dashes pepper
  • 1 cup Bread crumbs (I like to use Progresso Italian Style)
  • 1 lb. medium Mountain Oysters


Mountain Oysters Cooked Two Ways | The Story of Ranching at Grieb Ranch
  • Pre-heat fat for frying oysters. 
  • Clean oysters (remove outer membranes) and cut into large Walnut-sized pieces.  
  • Dip in beaten egg and seasoning. 
  • Roll in bread crumbs. 
  • Submerge in hot fat. Fry at 350 degrees until golden brown – about 3 minutes.

Mountain Oysters Grilled in an Electric Skillet

“Sometimes we had to improvise a way of cooking the oysters when out during branding on 166. We had no skillet, but did have electricity so used an electric branding iron to grill the breaded oysters.”

They are considered to be quite a delicacy.  Like other organ meats, testicles may be cooked in a variety of ways – deep-fried whole, cut into broad thin slices, or marinated.  At roundups in the old West, cowboys and ranch hands tossed the meat on a hot iron stove.  When the calf fries exploded, they were done!”

Directions for Cooking on an Electric Grill or Branding Iron

At the branding have a electric skillet going.

Cover the skillet with olive oil.  Remove outer membranes of the mountain oyster, roll in pre-seasoned bread crumbs and grill.  Serve to the Cowboys as done.     

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