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
- 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
Remoulade Dipping Sauce
- 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.
How to Make Remoulade
- Mix all ingredients together in small bowl. Serve with Alligator Hush Puppies.
Alligator & Shrimp Piquant
- 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.