What Does Alligator Taste Like?
Everyone has a different idea of what it means to be an "adventurous eater." For some, raw fish is a far stretch, and others order the full sashimi menu without a thought. But even those who don't bat an eye at eel (considered a fish!) might get squeamish at the thought of putting alligator meat on their plate for dinner. With that in mind, it's time to de-bunk the stereotype around eating a reptile for a meal.
Maybe if you live in Florida, Louisiana, or another place U.S. or world where it's not rare to see a pair of eyes staring back at you beneath the mucky swamp water, the idea of eating alligator meat isn't that far off. That said, this post isn't not for you, but it's more for the folks who are curious about what it would even mean to prepare gator fillets for a group of friends or order it at a restaurant.
Gator doesn't have to be the centerpiece of a meal. It can be a tasty appetizer, especially if you're eating it for the first time and don't want to commit to it being your main course. In addition to its unique flavor, alligator is actually a good source of fatty acids, phosphorus, potassium, vitamin B12, and niacin. so it's not like you are adding something to your cooking list that's bad for you. So, go ahead, order those alligator bites that your New Orleans waiter recommends!
If you like them, you can take the next step and prepare your own at home. Here are some things to know if you sign on for that task.
Does Alligator taste like chicken?This might be the most common question about alligator meat. The answer is, yes! And no. Many people have often compared the taste of gator to chicken. The meat is white and is tender like what you might find on your grilled chicken sandwich or in your nuggets.
But what gator tastes like actually depends on what part of it you eat. Alligator tail meat, which is used for making those fried alligator bites and the fried alligator on a stick that your waiter talked you into, might be the part of the gator that tastes the most like what you might order from McDonald's.
If you order a Cajun alligator recipe such as Alligator Sauce Piquant or Cajun grilled alligator with comeback sauce, you might taste something that could be compared to the taste of turtle or pork. If you want to eat something that tastes like chicken, order a dish that uses the white tail meat. The legs and body-meat of the alligator are the dark meat portion of the animal. But if you're tired of chicken and you want to move into a different category of taste, select something on the menu that uses the front portion of the alligator.
Overall, though, people describe alligator as having a firm texture that mostly has a mild flavor. Some people also describe gator meat to have a mild fishiness to it, so if that's not something you're into, you might not be interested in keeping cooking or ordering gators. It's often chewy, depending on how it's been cooked. If you're into something more spicy than mild, though, you can fix that with a marinade that has a kick. Some people recommend a marinade that uses soy sauce, Cajun flavoring, garlic powder, bay leaves, lime juice, salt, pepper, and Worcestershire sauce—all ingredients you might find in a good steak marinade.
Another good recipe to keep in mind, which won't be too far off from a recipe you might use for a rack of pork ribs—is alligator ribs. You can soak the ribs in a tasty marinade and then they're ready for grilling!
Does Alligator or Crocodile Taste Better?
That's basically a trick question, because the meat of both alligators and crocodiles taste the same. First off, alligators and crocodiles are often mistaken for each other. They are different animals, let's be clear. But when it comes to cooking, you can treat them the same. Alligator meat is a tad lower in sodium content than crocodile meat, but the taste, texture, and general chewiness are the same. In the U.S., you're more likely to find alligator on the menu, but many recipes, like this one for gumbo, suggests that you could use either.
Many people who enjoy meat look for alternatives to red meat, especially when their doctors tell them to lay off the burgers. If you're looking for a lean meat that isn't chicken or turkey, gator meat is a great option; it's low in fat, cholesterol, and sodium and high in protein. You can't usually find alligator meat in just any grocery store, but you can find it in some specialty stores, where it is legally sourced from alligator farms.
What Parts of an Alligator are Edible?The ribs and tenderloin are the most commonly eaten parts of the alligator. The tail is part of the tenderloin. You can eat every part of the alligator, but it's not something you'll find on the menu at any restaurant or specialty store. Alligator meat is usually sold as fillets or frozen pieces in stores.
Can someone hunt alligator in the U.S.?
Okay, so we've covered a lot about what what alligator meat tastes like, what dishes might incorporate it, where you can find it, and more. But what about hunting laws in the U.S.? The short answer is if you have a license, you can legally hunt alligator in the Southeastern United States: Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Texas all distribute gator-hunting licenses. Alligators are protected under federal law, meaning you can't just freely hunt them without a license, and the states that distribute licenses are areas of the country where gators are considered to be at normal population levels.
If you want to participate in alligator hunting, do your research. Otherwise, you can leave it to someone else and simply order alligator meat sticks from us. Enjoy!
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