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Alligator Anyone?

June 14, 2021

GUEST POST BY RACHEL RIZZI

If you haven’t eaten alligator, you should really give it a try. You may have heard the old adage that it tastes just like chicken. Not really. It’s actually a lot better. Alligator used for food preparation usually only includes the tail meat so don’t try this with a dead gator you find on the side of the road. Packaged alligator tail meat can be found nationwide. It tends to be a bit pricey, usually at $15 per pound, but a little goes a long way. For those of you with an adventurous streak, here’s a recipe that you’re sure to enjoy.

FRIED ALLIGATOR

INGREDIENTS

1 lb. Louisiana alligator meat (tenderloin or sirloin cuts of tail meat), cut into chunks
Salt
Freshly ground black pepper
Flour, for dredging
1 cup buttermilk
1 cup hot sauce
1 bottle store bought ranch dressing, for dipping

DIRECTIONS

1.) Lightly season gator meat with salt and pepper prior to dredging them in flour.
2.) Combine buttermilk and hot sauce into 1 mixture.
3.) Dip the gator meat into the buttermilk and hot sauce mixture and dip, once again, in flour.
4.) Then place in deep fryer until golden brown, just a couple minutes.
5.) Drain on paper towels and serve with ranch dressing.

It’s finger snappin’ good. Let us know here how you liked it!

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10 Comments
  1. I tried gator in New Orleans–what I remember the most was that it was unremarkable other than the opportunity to say I had tried it.l

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  2. I ate in Australia as The States and it was a nice experience.

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  3. Reblogged this on Janet's Thread 2 and commented:
    Looking for new ideas in the kitchen?

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  4. Sadly, most people think only the tail is edible, so a lot of meat goes to waste. Like chicken, there’s so many different ways to have it.

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  5. Is that your Floridian speaking from experience?

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  6. ernestgardog permalink

    Allen, please let Rachel know that her preparation for alligator meat is one I have enjoyed for many years.
    During my enlistment in the Coast Guard. I had Quarterdeck duties with Billy; he was a deck hand. His wife lived in Florida and every once in a while, Billy would received this shoe box package 🎁. We all new what we were going to have; Gator 🐊 meat! Prepared similarly as Rachel.
    Ugh, ugh GOOD. My wife would not prepare it, but many restaurant in our surrounding areas have it available.
    I can only say gator meat taste better than chickens!

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