Panko-fried Alligator Nuggets with Spicy Mayo
Alligator meat is lean and has little flavor. It’s a lot like chicken— a neutral canvas that will take on any spices you apply to it. It’s also easy and tasty to fry.
Use any kind of coating that you would normally enjoy with fried fish or chicken. I decided to try Panko breadcrumbs, which provides a unique crunch. Try not to cut the alligator pieces too big. I made that mistake and the Panko browned more quickly than the inside was fully cooked.
I couldn’t find reliable information online about cooking temperature for alligator. 165 degrees seems to be the consensus, which seems pretty high for most any game, but to be safe, we’ll stick with that number for now.
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