Deep-fried Alligator Nuggets
Yield: 4 to 6 servings
Heat Scale: Mild


  • Vegetable oil
  • 1 pound alligator tail meat, cubed
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Red chile powder (optional)
  • 1 cup all purpose flour


1.Pour vegetable oil into a heavy cast-iron skillet or Dutch oven, to a depth of about 2 inches. Over medium heat, bring the oil to 375 degrees F.

2.In a bowl, beat the eggs together with the lemon juice. Add the alligator to the egg mixture and toss to combine. Sprinkle the meat liberally with salt and pepper (or chile powder, if desired).

3.Add the flour to a large bowl and toss about 1 cup of the alligator meat in the flour to coat.

4.Add the meat to the oil and fry the nuggets until golden brown. Drain them on a paper towel-lined plate and serve immediately. Repeat with the remaining meat and flour.