Alligator is very good. Tender and salty, it is very common cuisine in the Southern United States. Today, I’ll explore 2 different alligator recipes, Alligator Hush puppies and Alligator Piquant.
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Well, obviously, alligator is not standard fare, here in our house in Upstate New York. Truth be told, never in my life have I ever had alligator. A friend of Eric’s came back from Florida last summer, and knowing about BCC, gave us a 2 lb. piece of tail meat to try. So I promised to get his alligator on to the blog.
Alligator Hush Puppies
Pawing through the freezer a few weeks ago, I found the poor piece of alligator and decided if I didn’t cook it now, it would be freezer burned and I hate wasting good food! So break out Google and Pinterest to research alligator recipes! There are a plethora of alligator recipes for hush puppies but I really wanted something a bit different.
I found the recipe for the piquant, and after trying the hush puppies, thought that shrimp would be a great addition. The alligator meat itself is a bit fishy tasting. It seems similar to some of the larger ocean fish species I’ve tried. That salty fishy taste. I was right on the shrimp, it added a different texture and flavor to the stew.
I have to say, that the alligator was an interesting experiment, and I will try anything once. It is not my favorite protein, and I certainly won’t search it out in the future, but it’s fun to try new things anyway. Although, as I have said many times regarding venison, once you learn how to cook it right, it is delicious, so maybe I should change my mind on that! Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you enjoy these alligator recipes! Have you ever eaten alligator? What are your thoughts? Leave me a comment below.
Enjoy! And have fun cooking!
Alligator Corn Hush Puppies are easy and so good with a spicy chipotle remoulade!
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 3/4 lb alligator tail meat, diced into 1/2 inch pieces
- 1/4 cup buttermilk + 4 Tablespoons
- 3/4 can corn, pureed in food processor
- 1/4 can corn kernels
- 2 eggs
- 2 tsp salt
- 2 tsp pepper
- 2 cups flour
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 8-10 drops chipotle tabasco sauce can substitute any hot sauce
- 1 green onion, sliced
- frying oil
- 1/4 cup mayonnaise
- 1 Tbsp brining juice from canned jalapenos
- 1/2 tsp prepared horseradish
- 5-10 drops Chipotle tabasco sauce
- 1 clove garlic minced finely
- 1/4 tsp paprika
Brown alligator pieces in skillet with oil.
Mix buttermilk, creamed corn, corn kernels, eggs in large bowl.
Add dry ingredients and salt and pepper. Mix well.
Add tabasco and green onion. Mix.
Add alligator pieces, Mix.
We shall fried in about 1 cup of oil. You can also deep fry.
Mix all ingredients together in small bowl. Serve with Alligator Hush Puppies.
This is a recipe for a spicy, tasty stew that is very popular in the Southern United States.
- 1/2 lb alligator tail meat, cubed in 1-2 inch pieces
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 2 green onion, sliced save some for garnish
- 1 carrot, diced
- 1 celery stalk, diced, with tops
- 1/2 cup tomato juice
- 1 finely diced ripe tomato
- 2 tsp smoked paprika
- 2 tsp salt
- 2 tsp pepper
- 1/2 cup frozen corn
- 1/2 lb frozen shrimp, thawed, shells removed
Heat olive in frying pan over medium high heat. Add alligator meat and brown until golden. Remove to slow cooker.
Add more oil, if needed. Sauté celery, carrot and onion until soft. Add to slow cooker.
Add the rest of the ingredients, except corn and shrimp. Slow cook on low for about 4 hours until alligator is tender. Add corn & shrimp, cook for an additional 15-20 minutes until shrimp are pink and opaque.