It’s a question as old as time: what does human meat taste like? Is it sweet, savory, gamey, or all of the above? From the way most people look, you would expect the taste of human flesh to be oily, or maybe even stringy, but according to the cannibals catalogued here, we actually taste pretty good. If you’re pretending that you’ve never thought about what your ribs would taste like after a couple hours on the grill, then you need to stop lying to yourself and admit that you're morbidly curious. What does human taste like? Keep reading to find out.
Every couple of years, someone will be arrested for cannibalism, but the hungry killers usually don't discuss what the person tasted like. Luckily, there are a few cannibals that are happy to chat about that delicious human meat taste and even give up a few recipes.
Depending on where they live, some cannibals eat their victims raw, some put them in a stew, and others simply toss the loose human meat into a sandwich and give it to their neighbors. If you aren’t grossed out yet and your mouth is watering at the question, "What do people taste like?" then you’re in luck because these fine young(ish) cannibals were happy to share their experiences of chomping down on a human being. What does human flesh taste like? You’re about to find out in a big way.
You know when you get an idea that you have to see through to the end? That's what happened to Greg Foot when he decided to have a piece of his upper thigh biopsied so he could find out what human meat tastes like. Because cannibalism is illegal in England (boooo!), Foot had the meat from his thigh analyzed so he could construct a human thigh meat avatar that he could eat legally.
Scientific research aside, it's a little disappointing that Foot didn't nosh on his leg meat and tell the Queen to deal with it. He said it tasted like beef and ale stew.
Jeffrey Dahmer began fantasizing about killing and eating people from a young age, and by the time he was on his final run of murders in the late '80s, he was experimenting with a variety of body parts. So much so that he knew some cuts were better than others. According to an FBI interview, Dahmer would cook "thighs, biceps, and various internal organs" in a stovetop skillet before consuming them. He told one FBI agent that the taste was reminiscent of filet mignon.
But before you think of Dahmer like some kind of greedy cannibal that kept his food to himself, he was always happy to share with his neighbors. In fact, one of Dahmer's former neighbors, Pamela Bass, still isn't sure what was in a sandwich that Dahmer made her one day before his arrest. Bass admits, "I have probably eaten someone's body part."
If you have children, you're probably not going to want to know about serial killer/child murder/human vase Albert Fish's recipe for human stew. "The Grey Man," as he was called by many who knew him, was a literal boogeyman who spent his days working as a sanitarium painter when he wasn't eating children, spanking himself with a paddle, or shoving needles into his pelvis.
After he was caught, he confessed to killing and eating a boy named Billy Gaffney in a stew. He wrote to his attorney,
His monkey and pee wees and a nice little fat behind to roast in the oven and eat. I made a stew out of his ears - nose - pieces of his face and belly. I put onions, carrots, turnips, celery, salt and pepper. It was good.
Then I split the cheeks of his behind open, cut off his monkey and pee wees and washed them first. I put strips of bacon on each cheek of his behind and put them in the oven. Then I picked 4 onions and when the meat had roasted about 1/4 hour, I poured about a pint of water over it for gravy and put in the onions.
At frequent intervals, I basted his behind with a wooden spoon. So the meat would be nice and juicy. In about two hours, it was nice and brown, cooked through. I never ate any roast turkey that tasted half as good as his sweet fat little behind did. I ate every bit of the meat in about four days. His little monkey was a sweet as a nut.
What's more upsetting: the recipe, or the fact that Fish calls male genitals "monkey and pee wees"?
In a televised interview with Germany's RTL television channel, convicted cannibal Armin Meiwes not only described human meat as "[tasting] like pork, a little bit more bitter, stronger," but he also revealed that he ate his victims in a green pepper sauce with croquettes and Brussels sprouts.
In 2002, Meiwes made an online post hoping to find a "man to slaughter," and found a victim in 42-year-old computer engineer Bernd Brandes. Meiwes said that he'd fantasized about cannibalism ever since he was a child, when he began hoping to have a younger brother who could "be inside him."