Cornmeal-Fried Florida Alligator Bites
with Honey-Mustard Dipping Sauce
1 pound Florida alligator nuggets (defrosted or fresh)
4 cups cornmeal
2 cups buttermilk
Honey-Mustard Dipping Sauce
6 tablespoons Florida honey
3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
Cayenne pepper to taste
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
Cornmeal-Fried Florida Alligator Bites: Heat fryer to 350 degrees F.
Place cornmeal and buttermilk in separate bowls.
Dip each alligator nugget into the cornmeal, then into the buttermilk. Let
the buttermilk drain off slightly, then dip the buttermilk-coated nugget back
into the cornmeal. Lightly shake off any excess cornmeal.
Place the coated nuggets into the fryer basket. Make sure not to overcrowd
your fryer with too many nuggets.
Repeat the process until all the alligator nuggets are coated.
Cook the nuggets in the fryer for 2 to 3 minutes until they float and the
meat is completely cooked. Take care not to overcook the alligator meat as it
can become too chewy.
Let the nuggets drain in the fryer basket, then transfer them to a plate
lined with a paper towel.
Honey-Mustard Dipping Sauce: In a mixing bowl, add all ingredients. Stir
to combine. Taste and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper.
Recipe and photo credit:
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer