Best Alligator Recipes Slideshow

First, a Word of Caution

Alligator gets pretty tough and dry when overcooked. Says Andrew Zimmern, host of Bizarre Foods, "Alligator is one of the most abused foods on the planet. Most often served fried after being frozen for an age and a half, it's gimmicky fare under most conditions. You see overcooked alligator ribs, crispy nuggets, oily sausage… the list goes on and on. That's unfortunate because when it's fresh, and filleted properly, and then cooked with just a hint of finesse, anyone who tastes it can see the possibilities for this stunning alternative protein." So make sure to use high-quality alligator meat, and don't overcook it!

How Zimmern Likes It

"Small cutlets turned in a hot skillet with lemon, roasted cherry tomatoes, and capers is a divine way to enjoy gator. The meat also grills well, but be careful to avoid overcooking…" says Zimmern. 

Gator Tail Picadillo

This traditional Cuban comfort food dish gets an interesting twist, using gator, of course.

Click here to see the Gator Tail Picadillo Recipe.

Grilled Citrus Gator Ribs

A citrus marinade and orange marmalade glaze makes these ribs irresistible.

Click here to see the Grilled Citrus Gator Ribs Recipe.

Fried Alligator Salad

Don't miss out on this Fried Alligator Salad from Daniel Doyle, executive chef of Poogan's Porch, located in Charleston, S.C.

Click here to see the Fried Alligator Salad Recipe.

Alligator Meatballs

Try these Alligator Meatballs from Brandon Boudet, executive chef of Dominick's and Little Dom's of Hollywood.

Click here to see the Alligator Meatballs Recipe.