Alligator Fried 2 Ways

Time flies. It’s been two years since we’ve been on our Florida alligator hunt. Since then we’ve had a few parties to fry the alligator for friends to try. Being from Montana, alligator isn’t something most of us have ever eaten. I’ve tried three different recipes and the guests seemed to like two of the three recipes. The recipe that flopped was more of a beer batter type recipe.

Due to my lack of organization lately, I finally found these recipes and the resource from which I attained them. Check out it contains recipes for most wild game. Interesting recipes like opossum, muskrat and even a miscellaneous category. You can’t knock it until I try it-right?

My apologies, most of my photos are the finished product instead of the process I went through to get there. That’s how it goes when your having a good time!

recipe 1

Fried Alligator Nuggets


1 lb Alligator
1 c Milk
1/4 tps Garlic powder
Seasoned fish fry
Vegetable oil
Salt & Pepper


Mix milk and garlic powder, and a dash of salt and pepper. Add alligator and marinate for 1 hour. Roll pieces in fish fry and deep fry in hot oil until golden brown.

FYI this was my favorite recipe.

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Fried Alligator The Second Way


Alligator meat
Cayenne pepper
Corn meal
Salt & pepper to taste
Using fresh alligator tail, cut pieces not to approximately 2″X 1″ thick. Place in shallow dish. Pour small amount of vinegar over meat and add salt and pepper and cayenne to taste. Let stand for approximately 30 minutes. While gator soaks, pour into dusting bag or other container 4 parts corn meal to 1 part flour. Put about 1″ oil in skillet and heat to 400 degrees F. Or heat up your Fry Daddy, like I did. Roll or shake alligator strips in dusting mixture, then place in hot oil and fry until golden. Serve hot.

This is the recipe my husband liked.

For both recipes we like tarter and or cocktail sauce for dipping.

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