Crispy Cajun Fried Alligator Recipe

Crispy Cajun Fried Alligator Recipe

Prep Time

20 minutes

Cook Time

10 minutes


3 people
Cajun Fried Alligator

A tasty recipe for Fried Alligator, cajun-style! Try this recipe featuring alligator that has been marinated in cajun seasonings, battered in buttermilk and seasoned flour and then fried until golden. So delicious! 


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  • 1 lb. boneless alligator, fresh or frozen
  • 2 tablespoon cajun seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon spicy mustard
  • 5 dashes Louisiana hot sauce
  • 3 cups lard, or vegetable shortening
  • 2 cups flour


  • 1 Pat the alligator meat dry. Place the alligator in a medium bowl and season with the cajun seasoning, garlic powder, and hot sauce, and toss to coat evenly. Cover and allow marinating for at least 10 minutes at room temperature.
  • 2 Remove the alligator from the dry spices.
  • 3 Heat vegetable shortening in a large cast-iron skillet until it registers 350°F (176°C) or use a recommended electric deep fryer.
  • 4 In a separate bowl whisk together the buttermilk, mustard, and eggs. Whisk well. In another bowl add the flour and season with some cajun seasoning as well.
  • 5 Dip the alligator in the flour and shake off. Then add into the buttermilk mixture and shake off. Then back into the flour and shake off. Repeat the process until all is done.
  • 6 When the oil is ready, add the alligator pieces to the skillet in batches, shaking off any excess flour before adding them to the oil and being careful not to overcrowd the skillet. Start with the larger pieces.
  • 7 Cook the alligator, using tongs to turn occasionally, until golden brown and cooked through, about 8 to 10 minutes. Keep an eye on the temperature of the oil, making sure the oil does not get too hot. Transfer the alligator to a plate lined with paper towels. Repeat the process until all the Alligator is cooked.


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