Fried Alligator Salad

Fried Alligator Salad
Staff Writer
Fried Alligator Salad

Poogan's Porch

Fried Alligator Salad

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, Pork Free, Alcohol Free

Daily value:



  • Fat 226g 347%
  • Carbs 100g 33%
  • Saturated 11g 56%
  • Fiber 4g 17%
  • Trans 1g
  • Sugars 84g
  • Monounsaturated 97g
  • Polyunsaturated 23g
  • Protein 24g 47%
  • Cholesterol 91mg 30%
  • Sodium 2,220mg 93%
  • Calcium 443mg 44%
  • Magnesium 94mg 24%
  • Potassium 1,156mg 33%
  • Iron 4mg 22%
  • Zinc 5mg 32%
  • Phosphorus 432mg 62%
  • Vitamin A 560µg 62%
  • Vitamin C 67mg 111%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 15%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 1mg 35%
  • Niacin (B3) 4mg 20%
  • Vitamin B6 1mg 43%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 58µg 15%
  • Vitamin B12 2µg 30%
  • Vitamin D 0µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 31mg 154%
  • Vitamin K 39µg 49%
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