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Cajun Fried Gator Tail

January 29, 2021 (Last Updated: June 17, 2021)

Cajun Fried Gator Tail is one of those recipes for tender, flavorful Golden-fried nuggets of Cajun seasoned alligator tail. There’s no limit to what you can do with alligator meat. The lean white meat has plenty of delicious flavors, plus it can be a lot of fun to chow down on an animal that could just as quickly munch on us.

The Louisiana food culture unapologetically challenges your food palate. While eating crawfish, alligator, and turtle may be frowned upon in other areas of the country, we rejoice in these Cajun delicacies. Whether we smother gator tails in a spicy red piquant sauce with rice and spring onions or fry in delicious crunchy chunks, you’ll swear that gator tail meat tastes like the best damn chicken you’ve ever had. 


Cajun Fried Gator TailI love this time of year—It’s almost Mardi Gras. While everyone will be focused on recipes, such as Gumbos, Jambaylayas, and other recipes that we eat, I want you to have a real taste of the Cajun Cuisine that you won’t see on most blogs. Suppose you aren’t from one of the parishes or visited Louisiana enough times to eat in the best restaurants, usually the hole in the walls restaurants. In that case, you have no clue what authentic delicacy foods you are missing, such as this Cajun Fried Gator Tail recipe.


” We have a responsibility as citizens to do what we can for each other. It makes people happy. They eat it and when they see me later they want to hug me, to touch me, because Louisiana food is emotional food. It has a lot of flavor to it. You put it in your mouth in bad times and it makes you feel good.”

Paul Prudhomme


Cajun Fried Gator TailLouisiana’s culinary heritage is beautifully mixed, extremely varied, and full of deliciously unique flavors in every part of the state. The Cajun prairies and bayous and New Orleans’ Haute Creole restaurants provide Louisiana with a  various wealth of remarkable tasting dishes. However,  it is only part of the Bayou State’s whole. Up in the North Louisiana region, diners will find a  more culinary culture that is a blend of classic Louisiana, Southern, and Deep South soul cuisines. 


“I tell people all the time, you have to be in love with that pot. You have to put all your love in that pot. If you’re in a hurry, just eat your sandwich and go. Don’t even start cooking, because you can’t do anything well in a hurry. I love food. I love serving people. I love satisfying people.”

— Leah Chase




Cajun Fried Gator TailWhen Tourists think of the Louisiana foodways, Cajun and Creole classics like gumbo, po’boys, etouffee, and jambalaya immediately leap to everyone’s mind. Often passed over are the equally significant culinary traditions of the lesser-known foods often relished in Louisiana. 


“Risk is the tariff paid to leave the shores of predictable misery. Never be afraid to take risks. It’s the foundation for success.”

— Chef John Folse



Cajun Fried Gator TailThis recipe for Cajun Fried Gator Tail is going to be the most delicious and simple to make a recipe that you’ll fall in love with and thank me for later. It’s spicy yet not overwhelmingly hot. If you prefer yours a little hotter, add a pinch of cayenne pepper to the recipe, and that should kick it up to your preference of heat.



Suggested Equipment For the Cajun Fried Gator Tail

  • Cutting Board
  • Sharp kitchen knife
  • Medium glass bowl
  • Glass bowl
  • Cast-iron kettle or deep fryer
  • Kitchen tongs
  • Paper towels
  • Serving platter



Ingredients need for Cajun Fried Gator Tail.

  • Gator tail *tenderloin of the tail only*
  • Cajun seasoning
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Buttermilk- full fat only
  • Spicy mustard
  • Hot sauce
  • Large eggs
  • Flour
  • Corn starch
  • 3 Cups oil




Cajun Fried Gator Tail

Cajun Fried Gator Tail

Cajun Fried Gator Tail is one of those recipes for tender, flavorful Golden-fried nuggets of Cajun seasoned alligator tail.
4.78 from 9 votes
Prep Time 21 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 31 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American, Cajun
Servings 8 People
Calories 390 kcal


  • Cutting Board
  • Sharp kitchen knife
  • Medium glass bowl
  • Glass bowl
  • Cast-iron kettle or deep fryer
  • Kitchen tongs
  • Paper towels
  • Serving platter


  • pounds alligator tail tenderloin of the tail only
  • teaspoons Cajun seasoning do not use Creole seasoning
  • teaspoons garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • cups buttermilk full fat only
  • tablespoons spicy mustard
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce
  • 1-2 large eggs
  • cups flour
  • 2 tablespoons corn starch
  • 3 cups vegetable oil


  • Gather and prepare all of your suggested equipment and ingredients
  • Pat the alligator meat dry with a clean paper towel. At this time, cut the meat into chunks. Place the alligator meat in a medium bowl and season with the cajun seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder, hot sauce, and toss to coat evenly. Cover and allow to sit for at least 15-20 minutes at room temperature.
  • Heat the vegetable oil in a large cast-iron skillet or kettle until it registers 350°F or a deep fryer. ( I use a cast-iron kettle and check the temp frequently )
  • In a separate glass bowl, whisk together the full-fat buttermilk, spicy mustard, and eggs. In another glass bowl, add the all-purpose flour, corn starch, and season with a little more Cajun seasoning.
  • Dip the alligator meat chunks in the all-purpose flour and then shake off the excess. Then place the meat into the buttermilk mixture and shake off excess. Repeat process.
  • When the oil becomes 350° F, add the alligator chunks into the cast-iron skillet or kettle in small batches, careful not to overcrowd the skillet. Reduce heat if needed.
  • Cook the alligator meat, using tongs to turn occasionally, until golden brown and cooked through, about 8 minutes. Keep an eye on the temperature of the oil, making sure the oil does not get too hot.
  • Transfer the alligator tail to a serving plate lined with paper towels.


Although attempts to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures should be considered estimates. Varying factors such as product types or brands purchased, natural fluctuations in fresh produce, and how ingredients are processed change the effective nutritional information in any given recipe. Under no circumstances will be responsible for any loss or damage resulting from your reliance on nutritional information.


Calories: 390kcalCarbohydrates: 35gProtein: 46gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 28mgSodium: 133mgPotassium: 140mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 420IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 65mgIron: 2mg
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  • Reply
    David Zeidler
    June 23, 2021 at 11:57 am

    I used to get fried gator from a place where I grew up in CT – the chef had moved there from Louisiana; I always loved it. I’m going to make it tonight, but I have one question: typically when you have a recipe for fried food it gets dipped in dry ingredients last before going into the fryer, but the way I’m reading the recipe it sounds like it gets double dipped in both wet and dry with the wet being last. Is this the case or am I reading it wrong? Either way it looks delicious. Thanks!

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    February 7, 2021 at 6:29 pm

    Dayum, that recipe looks just like chicken. The texture seems so crispy. The family loved it!

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    February 7, 2021 at 11:51 am

    What a creative dish. I Loved the fried gator tail. It was fantastic and great flavors. Thanks for sharing.

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      April 25, 2021 at 10:19 am

      Thank you, Kushigalu! I am so happy you enjoyed the recipe!

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    veena azmanov
    February 6, 2021 at 9:25 am

    This is definitely a unique dish. Loved the presentation of the Cajun Fried Gator Tail dish. It definitely was crispy, crunchy, and delicious tasting. We will make this again soon.

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      February 7, 2021 at 7:04 am

      Thank you, Veena! I’m so glad you enjoyed the Cajun Fried Gator Tail! Have a great day,

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    February 6, 2021 at 1:18 am

    This dish was deliciously good. I wish I could eat this Cajun Fried Gator Tail right this minute! Your Cajun Fried Gator Tail is perfect. Saving your recipe!

    • Reply
      February 7, 2021 at 7:04 am

      Thank you, Maggie!!! I loved the feedback on the Cajun Fried Gator Tail.

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    February 5, 2021 at 11:04 am

    Such an interesting recipe. I never tried fried gator tails before today. They were delicious. Definitely will be making this again!

    • Reply
      February 7, 2021 at 7:05 am

      Glad you enjoyed the Cajun Fried Gator Tail Natalie!

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    February 5, 2021 at 9:57 am

    Oh, Heidy! I was so excited to find this recipe and make it! Being from Ohio, my family always considers it a unique, novel treat to try gator recipes when traveling in the south. I’d really never considered trying to make gator tail on my own, though until making your recipe today- you make it so easy!

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      February 7, 2021 at 7:06 am

      That is so awesome to hear, Shelly! I’m glad you liked the recipe, and I hope your family from Ohio enjoys it as well.
      Have a great weekend!

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    Chef Dennis
    February 3, 2021 at 4:40 am

    Wow! I was really excited to try cooking this Cajun Fried alligator! Your Cajun Fried Gator Tail recipe was great, and I will be making it again soon!

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      February 7, 2021 at 7:07 am

      Thank you! I am so happy you enjoyed the Cajun Fried Gator Tail Dennis!

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    February 1, 2021 at 12:51 pm

    Wow, such an interesting and delicious tasting recipe! I was fascinated by it. Although I have been living in the USA for 15 years now, I haven’t had the chance to visit the South much, apart from two very short trips to Florida. It is on my list to visit as soon as it is safe and try some more of these delicacies you are showing. Your recipes are so good; I love your blog.

    • Reply
      February 7, 2021 at 7:08 am

      Thank you, Jenny! I hope you get a chance to come to visit us down here. There are so many wonderful places to see! Thank you for the sweet comment! Be safe!!!!!

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    February 1, 2021 at 9:36 am

    I have never tried gator until this recipe. Maybe it is a Canadian thing…..we don’t have any here so I had to order offline.

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      April 25, 2021 at 10:20 am

      Thanks for sharing! I’m glad you enjoyed the recipe Gloria

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