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Alligator Recipes – Hush Puppies & Piquant

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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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Alligator & Shrimp 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

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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.

Alligator Piquant

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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.

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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!

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Alligator Corn Hush Puppies

Alligator Corn Hush Puppies are easy and so good with a spicy chipotle remoulade!
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 20 servings
Calories: 132kcal
Author: Beth Neels
Cost: $6

Ingredients

  • 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 all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 8-10 drops chipotle tabasco sauce can substitute any hot sauce
  • 1 green onion, sliced
  • cooking oil

Remoulade Dipping Sauce

Instructions

  • Brown alligator pieces in skillet with oil.
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  • Mix buttermilk, creamed corn, corn kernels, eggs in large bowl.
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  • Add dry ingredients and salt and pepper. Mix well. 
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  • Add tabasco and green onion. Mix.
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  • Add alligator pieces, Mix.
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  • We shallow fried in about 1 cup of oil. You can also deep fry.
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How to Make Remoulade

  • Mix all ingredients together in small bowl. Serve with Alligator Hush Puppies.
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Notes

Best if eaten fresh.
Can be stored in refrigerator for 3-4 days. 
Reheat in oven or toaster oven at 300°F for about 10 minutes.
Do not freeze.

Nutrition

Calories: 132kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 283mg | Potassium: 75mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 90IU | Vitamin C: 1.6mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 0.8mg
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Alligator & Shrimp Piquant

This is a recipe for a spicy, tasty stew that is very popular in the Southern United States.
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5 from 12 votes
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Course: entree
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 132kcal
Author: Beth Neels
Cost: $5

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • Heat olive in frying pan over medium high heat. Add alligator meat and brown until golden. Remove to slow cooker.
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  • Add more oil, if needed. Sauté celery, carrot and onion until soft. Add to slow cooker.
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  • 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.
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Notes

Store leftover in refrigerator for 3-4 days.
Reheat in microwave for the least amount of time possible, to get it hot enough. 1 minute or so.
Leftovers can be frozen. Thaw completely in refrigerator and reheat in microwave.

Nutrition

Calories: 132kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 71mg | Sodium: 814mg | Potassium: 187mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1770IU | Vitamin C: 7.9mg | Calcium: 53mg | Iron: 1mg
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17 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    You think that Aligator is rare in Upstate New York… You wanna check out the profusion in Eastern Hungary 😮 I have tried crocodile when I lived in the UK, and indeed snake in the Middle East both of which had a very similar texture and I found it really tasty. I love the sound of the recipes too, they sound delicious!

  2. 5 stars
    You are brave, I lived in Miami for 3 years and never had the courage to try alligator meat. I wouldn’t find the meat here now. Though your recipes sound good for other fish and I will try the piquant with monkfish

  3. 5 stars
    I live in Canada, and alligator is not an ingredient you would find here, but I certainly would like to try it! I love how you prepared it a couple of different ways as well – I love to try them both!

  4. 5 stars
    My husband just came back from New Orleans and had alligator for the first time, prepared similarly to your hush puppies. He loved it! This is all new to me and I love learning about things I’ve never cooked. Awesome!

  5. 5 stars
    I have never tried alligator meat either and wouldn’t know where to find it. I do love hush puppies though and I bet it would be yummy in those!

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