10 Animals that People eat Alive

If you think cooking live lobsters or baking snails alive shocking, you better don’t order one of these ten dishes. Here the animals aren’t even killed, but eaten alive!

Sannakji Hoe

Sannakji How is a dish from Korea. A live octopus is cut in pieces and sprinkled with sesame seeds and sesame oil. You have to chew, because the tentacles desperately try to stay alive and can get stuck in your throat …


Ikizukuri is the Japanese translation of “prepared alive”. You pick a fish in the tank and it is served within minutes. Well felted, but still alive and with all the vital organs.

Drunken Shrimp

A popular dish in China, the drunken shrimp. The shrimps are immersed in a strong drink “baijiu” and then eaten.

Odori Ebi

The Japanese version of the drunken shrimp is the dancing shrimp.’Baby shrimp’ is immersed in sake .

Casu Marzu

This cheese is matured for such a long time that it is filled with larvae of the cheese fly. The cheese should be eaten with the living maggots (0.3 inch long!) in it. This is not without danger, because sometimes the larvae survive in the stomach … The cheese is illegal in most countries. If you want to eat Casu Marzu you will have to go to Sardinia.



Oysters are perhaps the animals that are eaten alive most often. It is also a well-known aphrodisiac, the large amount of zinc improves sperm production and increases libido.

Sea urchins

Sea urchins

Sea urchins are popular in Italy (Ricci di Mare). When they dive them from the sea, they are cut open and eaten immediately.

Ying Yang Fish

The Ying Yang fish, known as the “dead-and-alive fish ‘, is eaten alive in China. The body is fried, but not the head. On your plate the head still moves around.

Ant salad

This salad with live ants is served in one of the best restaurants in the world, Noma in Copenhagen. The ants are cooled so they slowly crawl over your plate. They taste like lemon.


  • Merve
    March 20, 2014 2:42 pm   Reply

    This is disgusting and unbelievable. It amazes me every time how human-beings can be so reckless and not carrying. I really want to ask people who are eating those fishes how they would feel if I fried their body and not the head and eat them alive. Every alive thing has a nerve system except parasite and every nerve system can feel pain. It doesn’t matter how small the animal is. This feels to me the same as cannibalism. I don’t believe in religion but if the hell and heaven does exist I hope these people will get the same experience as these animals have experienced!!!

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