Cajun Fried Gator Tail

January 29, 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.
4.87 from 15 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
    Muchael Whitlock
    January 13, 2023 at 1:21 am

    This was delicious. I did spice it up more.

  • Reply
    January 17, 2022 at 7:04 am

    Good morning and thank you!

  • Reply
    Trich B
    December 27, 2021 at 11:52 pm

    This was great. We added our extra spicy cajun butter as our dipping sauce and it was amazing!

  • Reply
    Laurie Jordan
    October 22, 2021 at 9:44 pm

    What is the red sauce shown in the picture? Can’t wait to try it!

    • Reply
      October 25, 2021 at 6:46 am

      Good morning Laurie, you can use a homemade cocktail sauce or favorite brand. This sauce is actually a sweet Asian chili sauce that I used for that recipe. Both are good!

  • Reply
    Bruce Stanley
    October 12, 2021 at 10:27 pm

    I love the tail (gator). I can’t get enough.
    Would you mind posting the recipe for the red dipping sauce you use? I can only find mayo-based sauces for the gator, but it needs something better than mayo.
    Your sauce looks great and probably has a kick to it.

    • Reply
      January 17, 2022 at 7:03 am

      I will be posting it in the next week or so—Thanks so much Bruce

  • Reply
    Jessika Moyer
    July 29, 2021 at 9:11 pm

    Absolutely delicious, I made this for my wife’s birthday the whole family seemed a little sceptical after hearing what it was but the whole plate was soon devoured

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