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Texas Roadhouse Rattlesnake Bites

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My rattlesnake bites have melty cheese and spicy jalapenos inside an ultra-crispy breading. This copycat Texas Roadhouse recipe tastes like a mozzarella stick, and a jalapeno popper had a baby! 

two hands pulling apart of a rattlesnake bite to reveal cheese and jalapenos

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I love crunchy deep-fried appetizers. Some of my favorites are deep-fried macaroni and cheese, and fried pickles.

These rattlesnake bites are my new favorites. My Mom is probably reading this post and screaming right now.

Deep breath. Calm down.

You know I wouldn’t have you going out and wrangling rattlesnakes. It's name comes from the spicy punch it packs.

We’re talking about a copycat recipe from Texas Roadhouse!

If you’ve never had them, you’re missing out. They're one of the best bites I've ever put in my mouth.

Once you have one, you can’t stop!

We love eating them on game day or as a side to steak date night at home.

You can make a large batch and freeze some, too. That way, if you’re invited to a last-minute party or need a side dish with dinner, all you have to do is pull them out and fry them.

Try them with hearty mains like ribs or BBQ pork tenderloin, too.

🐍Why I Make This Over and Over🐍

  • All my Favorite Textures: Gooey cheese inside, but super crunchy on the outside.
  • Just Spicy Enough: Feel free to adjust the spice level by varying the cheese or number of peppers to match your palate's taste.
  • Common Ingredients: These are made with staples I can easily get at my small-town grocery store. No fancy equipment is needed either.
breaded rattlesnake bites on a wooden cutting board.

🌶️Ingredients Notes and Shopping Tips🌶️

  • Pepper Jack Cheese: I like to shred my own cheese for the smoothest melt! If you want to dial down the heat, you could use Cheddar or Monterey Jack instead.
  • Jalapenos: If you like things milder, remove the seeds and ribs with a spoon. Be sure to wear gloves or wash your hands very well after handling hot peppers and before touching your face.
  • Milk: Use whole milk if possible. Its higher fat content helps the breading stick.
  • Bread Crumbs: I use regular unseasoned bread crumbs and add my own spices. You could also use seasoned breadcrumbs or even Panko.
  • Oil: I used vegetable oil, but any neutral oil with a high smoke point will work. Canola oil, peanut oil, or avocado oil are all good substitutes.

cheese and jalapeno rattle snack bites on a wooden tabletop.

🧺Leftovers🧺

Storage: Store in the fridge for up to 4 days.

Freezing: Freeze for up to 2 months. I like to flash freeze for ~1 hour on a cookie sheet before placing them in a freezer baggie or airtight plastic container.

Reheating: Reheat in the oven at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes.

OR in an air fryer set to 350 for  5-7 minutes.

🗂️Krystle's Tips and Tricks🗂️

  1. Don't Skip Freezing: I know it's annoying and takes an hour, but you'll end up with a melty exploding mess if you don't.
  2. Use a Thermometer: Use a candy or deep fry thermometer to keep an eye on the oil temperature.
  3. Fry in Small Batches: Fry only 4-5 at a time. Overcrowding the oil can lower the temperature, leading to an undercooked greasy result.
  4. Wait for the oil to come back up to 350 degrees after frying between batches as well.
  5. Keep Warm: Keep warm in an oven set to 200 degrees while you finish frying and before serving.
a rattlesnake bite with cheese and jalapenos being pulled in half.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you bake them?

Yes, but they may not get as crispy. Bake at 425 for 10-12 minutes.

Can you air fry them?

Yes! Air fry them at 400 degrees for 5-6 minutes.

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📖 Recipe

Rattlesnake Bites

Rattlesnake Bites Texas Roadhouse Recipe:Ultra crispy on the outside with melty cheese and spicy jalapenos on the inside. One of the best bites you'll ever put in your mouth.
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 4 minutes
Total Time: 19 minutes
Servings: 15 Bites
Calories: 258kcal

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Ingredients

  • 4 Cups Pepper Jack Cheese Shredded
  • 2-3 Jalapenos Diced (Seeds Removed)
  • ½ Cup Flour
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Cup Milk
  • 1 ½ Cup Bread Crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • Oil For Frying
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Instructions

  • In a large bowl, stir pepper jack cheese and Jalapeno together.
  • Shape into balls about 1 ½" in diameter. Freeze for 30-60 minutes.
  • Heat oil in a deep pot to 350 degrees F.
  • Combine bread crumbs, cayenne pepper, paprika, and garlic powder.
  • Set up 3 bowls containing: flour, egg and milk, and finally breadcrumbs.
  • Roll cheese mixture in flour, milk/egg mixture, and finally bread crumbs.
  • Fry a few at a time for 3-4 minutes.
  • Drain on paper towels before serving.

Notes

Ingredients Notes and Shopping Tips
  • Pepper Jack Cheese: I like to shred my own cheese for the smoothest melt! If you want to dial down the heat, you could use Cheddar or Monterey Jack instead.
  • Jalapenos: If you like things milder, remove the seeds and ribs with a spoon. Be sure to wear gloves or wash your hands very well after handling hot peppers and before touching your face.
  • Milk: Use whole milk if possible. 
  • Oil: I used vegetable oil.
Krystle's Tips and Tricks
  1. Don't Skip Freezing: I know it's annoying and takes an hour, but you'll end up with a melty exploding mess if you don't.
  2. Use a Thermometer to keep an eye on oil temp.
  3. Fry in Small Batches: Fry only 4-5 at a time. 
  4. Wait for the oil to come back up to 350 degrees after frying between batches as well.
  5. Keep Warm: Keep warm in an oven set to 200 degrees while you finish frying and before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 258kcal
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4 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    OMG Krystle! I worked at Texas Roadhouse for years and these (and I bet taste) perfect! Too fun. This totally brought back old memeories for me. 🙂

  2. 5 stars
    These look A-mazing!!  Best to double the batch as I'm sure these will be gobbled up at any party!! Great tip about testing the oil with a wooden spoon!