Why Do Frog Legs Jump and Dance When Salted?

Why Do Frog Legs Jump and Dance When Salted?

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Faith Durand
Jul 9, 2010

Reader Kanova sent us this video and asked us, "Can you explain why the frog legs start dancing when salted?" Look at them jump and dance; that is a little crazy (and creepy)! Do you know why the frog legs dance?

We don't know exactly why the frog legs jump and twitch like this after being salted, but we suspect that is simple muscle chemistry. They are probably quite fresh, and there are chemicals still in the cells and muscles that react with the salt.

Have you ever cooked frog legs? Ever experienced this phenomenon in person?

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