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fried gator bites on brown paper garnished with parsley and white sauce

Crispy Fried Alligator Bites

These Fried Alligator bites are deliciously crispy on the outside, and moist and tender on the outside - perfect for dipping in your favorite sauce
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Cajun/Creole
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Soak 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 300kcal


  • Dutch oven or Fryer



  • Cut the alligator into 1-2 inch pieces.
  • Combine the buttermilk with the hot sauce, then add the alligator. Let it soak for 2-4 hours in the fridge.
  • Mix the Cajun seasoning and flour together.
  • Heat oil in a Dutch oven or other deep pot to 350F degrees. Oil should be about 3 inches deep.
  • Dip the alligator pieces in the flour mixture then gently place them in the oil. Cook for 5-8 minutes, until golden brown on the outside.
  • **Cook in 3 batches to ensure each batch fries up crisp and non-greasy.
  • Remove and drain on paper towels. Serve with Cajun remoulade sauce or dip in ranch dressing.


  1. If you use a store bought Cajun seasoning, taste it for salt content and reduce the amount used in the flour if needed.
  2. Cook the alligator in 3 batches to make sure you don't crowd the pan. If you crowd the pan, the temperature of the oil drops and your bites will be greasy and soggy.
  3. It's best to serve these gator bites right away while they're hot and crisp. Keep batches warm in a 200F degree oven while finishing.
  4. This fried alligator is not great leftover - the bites tend to get soggy. However, if you have an air fryer, you can crisp them up using the reheat function. You can also reheat them in the toaster oven or a regular oven on 350F until warmed through. 


Serving: 3ounces | Calories: 300kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 100mg | Potassium: 106mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 644IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 1mg