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How much does crocodile meat cost in Australia? Shoppers eating crocodile meat to save money

The very surprising way some Aussies are saving money on tasty meat dishes at dinner time: ‘You can’t be serious?’

  • Aussies have found a new way to save money on meals 
  • A shopper revealed he buys crocodile meat as an alternative 
  • Others are starting to do the same  

With the cost of living showing no signs of slowing down, some open-minded Australians have found a surprising new way to save money on meal times.

Chris, a dad from Townsville, Queensland, revealed he eats crocodile meat as opposed to other proteins, as it’s cheaper than duck and lamb. 

‘Tonight for dinner I cooked us croc fillets lightly seasoned with a splash of lemon, steamed vegetables and potato gratin,’ he wrote alongside a snap of the dish. 

Many were shocked by the unusual choice while others who have tried the meat before said it’s ‘tasty’ but needs to be ‘cooked right’.  

In most parts of Australia crocodile meat is generally a little more expensive than beef and chicken products but cheaper than duck and lamb. 

Chris said the price his local butcher charges for crocodile meat is around $30 per kilo.  

A conversation sparked online when Chris, from Townsville, Queensland, revealed he eats crocodile meat as opposed to other options because it’s cheaper 


Would you buy crocodile meat if it was cheaper than other meat?

  • Yes 4 votes
  • No way 9 votes
  • Unsure 3 votes

The image shows Chris’ delicious meal, and at first many had to confirm the meat was indeed crocodile. 

‘Wait.. what? Croc as in crocodile????’ one woman asked, and Chris confirmed he bought the meat from a local butcher. 

‘It’s mild in flavour, some say chicken, some say pork, I think croc if that makes sense…it’s mild and fresh basically,’ he said, and also endorsed eating buffalo meat. 

Another person said it ‘looks like fish’. 

Some also added how they enjoy the taste of other types of meat – such as kangaroo, emu and camel. 

But these types of protein need to be cooked correctly.  

‘I’ve tried croc once, I think they over cooked it, it was like boot leather,’ one said. 

‘I tried emu sausage once it’s too rough and gamey for me,’ another added. 

What are the the benefits of eating crocodile meat?

1. Low-fat, low cholesterol and high in protein

2. Helps with heart function, lung function and blood circulation

3. It’s known to cure asthma and coughing problems

4. Assists with skin problems 

5. Rich in pectin, which is effective in prevention and treatment of osteoporosis, and with the efficacy of improving skin beauty

Source: Krocies  

It comes after a butcher shared his top pieces of advice with Aussies to reduce household pressures as the cost of living continues to rise. 

Danielle, from Brisbane, received an email from her local butcher outlining a number of ways to spend less and make the most of fresh cuts of meat.

‘Thought this might help some out,’ she wrote alongside screenshots of the email on Facebook. 

The butcher reassured shoppers that while the tips ‘may sound simple’, organising your meat in advance is the key to saving long-term. 

Buying meat and any other produce in bulk is a sure-fire way to reduce the total price per kilogram – and is the first and most important tip. 


1. Keep a money diary – write down everything you spend then note down what you truly needed to spend on (food, rent, petrol, etc), and also whether it made you happy. A budget won’t work if you try to cut out what makes you happy.

2. Cut out what you don’t need – this may include online shopping, a certain food or luxury

3. Consider your big expenses – for the average person, 60 per cent of spending is for large expenses. The areas of biggest spending also have the most potential for savings. Can you change your housing? Are you willing to ditch the car one day a week?

4. Consider smarter spending – if you love going to cafes, but usually just for the atmosphere and company, meet a friend for coffee instead of brunch to save money 

5. Don’t bother wasting money trying to impress people – we’re all the main character in our own lives, so it’s easy to think other people are watching what we do more than they are. Spend for things that you enjoy, and can afford. Cut the rest

Source: New Zealand finance journalist and reporter, Frances Cook

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It comes as an Aussie mum received an email from her butcher detailing how to save money on meat (pictured: the email)

It comes as an Aussie mum received an email from her butcher detailing how to save money on meat (pictured: the email) 

How much does crocodile meat cost in Australia? Shoppers eating crocodile meat to save money


‘In our shop, it’s always cheaper to buy 2kgs+ of something so if you have the freezer space, give this a try,’ the email read. 

Once you’ve done your shopping, the butcher recommends portioning out the meat based on your meals. 

‘Do it as soon as you get home otherwise  you get side tracked and never get around to it. Freezer bags, Zip lock bags or vacuum seal bags all work well.’

Larger pieces of meat such as chicken or rump steak should also be pre-cut into portion sizes. The butcher recommended around 250g of meat per adult, though many on Facebook didn’t agree with this.

What’s the latest on the cost of living crisis in Australia?


Australia’s cost of living crisis has worsened with inflation hitting a new 32-year high of 7.8 per cent.

The consumer price index in the year to December surged at the fastest annual pace since the March quarter of 1990, with Treasurer Jim Chalmers describing it as ‘unacceptably high’.

This means another interest rate rise on February 7 is almost a certainty with headline inflation well above the Reserve Bank’s 2 to 3 per cent target.

In attempt to reduce inflation, the cost of groceries, mortgage rates and petrol has increased significantly over the last seven months 

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