Exploring Exotic Meats: Beer Battered Cajun Alligator Recipe

When was the last time you stepped out of your comfort zone in the kitchen? Whether you're a well-seasoned chef or a novice foodie, exploring new cuisines can expand your knowledge of cooking--not to mention, explode your taste buds...

When was the last time you stepped out of your comfort zone in the kitchen? Whether you're a well-seasoned chef or a novice foodie, exploring new cuisines can expand your knowledge of cooking--not to mention, explode your taste buds with exciting new sensations.

If you're a little timid when it comes to trying new foods, an easy way to get started is to prepare an exotic ingredient using a familiar method. Since meats are especially versatile, Exotic Meats are a great way to get started. Try this recipe featuring alligator meat fried in a simple beer batter with Cajun seasonings.

Beer Battered Alligator with dipping sauce
Beer Battered Alligator with dipping sauce

Beer Battered Cajun Alligator

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs. alligator, sliced into strips
  • 1 can of beer, any variety
  • 1/2 C all purpose flour
  • 1 C yellow corn meal
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • vegetable oil, for frying

Directions:

  1. Place the cornmeal in a shallow dish.
  2. In a separate shallow bowl, mix together the beer, flour, and spices to make a batter.
  3. Dip each strip of alligator meat into the batter, then coat liberally in the corn meal. Set the strips aside on a sheet of wax paper until ready to fry.
  4. Heat about a half inch of oil in a large skillet.
  5. When the oil is hot, add the breaded alligator strips to the pan. Cook until browned, then flip and cook until the other side is brown.
  6. Continue to cook the alligator strips in batches until it is all done.

Serve with salsa or any of your favorite dipping sauces.

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