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Gator Bites with Swamp Sauce

Recipe By Miranda Barnett, Savory Spice Test Kitchen

Recipe By Miranda Barnett, Savory Spice Test Kitchen

They say gator tastes like chicken, but honestly, this is even better.

Recipe Notes

*Cooked alligator should reach a minimum internal temperature of 160 degrees.


For gator spice blend:

1 Tbsp. brown sugar

For swamp sauce:

3 Tbsp. mayonnaise

1 Tbsp. gator spice blend

1 Tbsp. honey

1 Tbsp. ketchup

For gator bites:

3 cups buttermilk

4 Tbsp. gator spice blend, divided

2 lbs. alligator tail, diced into 1-inch cubes

Vegetable oil, to fry

2 cups all-purpose flour

Savory Spice ingredients in this recipe


For gator spice blend: In a small bowl, add all spice blend ingredients and whisk to combine. Reserve.

For swamp sauce: In a medium bowl, combine Aleppo Hot Sauce, mayonnaise, 1 Tbsp. gator spice blend, honey, ketchup, and Worcestershire Sauce.

For gator bites: In a large bowl, whisk together buttermilk and 2 Tbsp. gator spice blend. Marinate alligator in buttermilk mixture on counter for 30 min. In a Dutch oven, heat 4 to 5 inches of vegetable oil to 375 degrees. In a large bowl, whisk together flour and 2 Tbsp. gator spice blend. Remove alligator from marinade and shake off excess. Dredge alligator pieces in flour mixture and fry in oil for 4 to 5 min. or until golden brown and crispy*. Remove from oil and drain on a clean paper towel. Serve with swamp sauce.