Jennifer Danella's alligator fritter recipe
Jennifer Danella

Recipe: Wild Alligator Fritters

Get ready to dive into a kitchen adventure unlike any other, where the wild meets the frying pan. We're talking about alligator fritters, folks! Now, we know some of you might not have ventured into the world of gator cuisine just yet, but trust us—you're in for a treat.

Picture this: tender alligator meat, seasoned to perfection and fried to a crispy, golden goodness. It's a flavor experience that balances familiar tastes with a touch of untamed adventure. 

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Of course, this recipe depends on you having fresh gator to work with. If you live where alligator hunting is legal, you can find fillets from local hunters or licensed processors who specialize in alligator meat. Some butcher shops and specialty seafood markets might also carry alligator fillets, particularly in regions where it's popular. Additionally, online retailers can be a convenient option for getting alligator meat delivered right to your doorstep. Just remember to ensure that the meat is sourced from reputable and sustainable suppliers.

So, join us as we explore the art of turning this marsh-dwelling predator into irresistible bites that'll keep you coming back for more.

Alligator Fritters Recipe


  • 1 pound alligator fillets, finely chopped
  • ¾ cup buttermilk
  • 2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning
  • 1½ cups hush puppy mix
  • Oil, for frying

Cajun Ranch Ingredients

  • ½ cup ranch dressing
  • 1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

Recipe Directions

1. Finely chop alligator.
2. In a large bowl, combine buttermilk and seasoning. Then add alligator pieces. Let stand 20 minutes.
3. While the alligator is standing, mix together the ingredients for the Cajun ranch dressing in a small bowl and set in the fridge until you're ready to serve.
4. Once the 20 minutes is up, stir hush puppy mix into the alligator until combined.
5. Preheat deep fryer to 350 F (or heat oil in Dutch oven on medium-high until 350 F). Form 1-inch alligator scoops and carefully drop into oil (in batches). Cook at 165 F for 3-4 minutes or until golden. Drain on paper towels. Serve with Cajun ranch dressing.

READ MORE: 7 Things You May Need to Have a Successful Gator Hunt