Fried Alligator Salad

Fried Alligator Salad
Poogan's Porch


For the pickled sweet potatoes

  • sweet potatoes, peeled and julienned
  • quart rice-wine vinegar
  • 2 Cups  water
  • 1 Cup  sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons  minced garlic

For the dressing

  • 2 Cups  mayonnaise
  • 2 Cups  jarred sliced jalapeños, 4 tablespoons juice reserved
  • 4 Tablespoons  honey
  • 1 Tablespoon  hot sauce, preferably Texas Pete
  •   Salt, to taste

For the alligator

  • quart buttermilk
  • 4 Tablespoons  chopped dill
  • 1/2 Pound  fresh alligator meat
  •   Vegetable oil, for frying
  •   All-purpose flour, for breading
  •   Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 5 Cups  baby arugula

Crisp, perfectly fried fresh alligator is a must-try. Does it taste like chicken? That's something you'll have to find out for yourself. This Fried Alligator Salad is on the menu at Poogan's Porch, a Lowcountry restaurant located in Charleston, S.C.

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For the pickled sweet potatoes

Place the sweet potatoes in a long, shallow dish. Combine the rice-wine vinegar, water, sugar, and garlic in a pot. Bring to a boil, cover with a lid, and remove from the heat. While still warm, pour the mixture over the sweet potatoes. Cover, refrigerate, and allow the sweet potatoes to pickle for at least 24 hours. 

For the dressing

Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl and refrigerate. 

For the alligator

In a medium-sized bowl, combine the buttermilk and dill. Add the alligator, cover, and refrigerate for 24 hours.

When ready to cook, heat 1-inch oil in a pot over medium-high heat. After 5 minutes, take a pinch of flour and throw it into pan. If flour bubbles up, the oil is ready for frying.

Place the flour in a bowl or on a plate. Heavily season the flour with salt and pepper. Remove the alligator from the buttermilk. Heavily dredge the alligator in the flour. Fry until golden brown and cooked through.

Meanwhile, in a bowl combine the baby arugula, pickled sweet potatoes, and enough dressing to lightly coat. Gently but thoroughly mix and put a handful of salad mixture on each plate.

Place the fried alligator around the salad mix and serve immediately. 


Calories per serving:

2,523 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Low Carb Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free

Daily value:



  • Fat 903g 1,389%
  • Carbs 399g 133%
  • Saturated 44g 222%
  • Fiber 17g 70%
  • Trans 5g
  • Sugars 337g
  • Monounsaturated 386g
  • Polyunsaturated 91g
  • Protein 94g 188%
  • Cholesterol 362mg 121%
  • Sodium 8,881mg 370%
  • Calcium 1,773mg 177%
  • Magnesium 377mg 94%
  • Potassium 4,624mg 132%
  • Iron 16mg 90%
  • Zinc 19mg 126%
  • Phosphorus 1,727mg 247%
  • Vitamin A 2,240µg 249%
  • Vitamin C 267mg 445%
  • Thiamin (B1) 1mg 62%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 2mg 142%
  • Niacin (B3) 16mg 82%
  • Vitamin B6 3mg 173%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 234µg 58%
  • Vitamin B12 7µg 122%
  • Vitamin D 0µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 123mg 615%
  • Vitamin K 157µg 196%
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