Fried Alligator with Sri-ranch-a
1 c mayonnaise
¼ c sour cream
¼ c buttermilk
¼ c Sriracha sauce
Juice of ½ lemon (1 Tbsp)
1 Tbsp red wine vinegar
½ tsp Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 Tbsp Chopped fresh chives, for serving
2 lb Louisiana alligator tail meat, cut into bite-sized pieces
1 Tbsp, plus 2 tsp Kosher salt, divided
1 Tbsp freshly ground black pepper, divided
1 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup Sriracha sauce
Vegetable oil, for frying
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon Old Bay Seasoning
To make the Sri-ranch-a: In a medium bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, sour cream, buttermilk, Sriracha, lemon juice, and vinegar. Taste the sauce and season with salt and pepper.
To make the fried alligator: Lightly season the alligator with salt and pepper.
In a large bowl, whisk together the buttermilk and Sriracha. Add the alligator and let sit at room temperature for 15 minutes.
While the alligator marinates, begin heating 2 inches of vegetable oil to 350 degrees over medium-high heat in a large, heavy-bottomed pot. Alternatively, heat the vegetable oil to 350 degrees in a deep fryer following the manufacturer’s directions. Line a large plate with paper towels.
While the oil is heating, whisk together the flour and Old Bay with 1 tablespoon salt and 2 teaspoons pepper in a second large bowl.
When the oil is hot, remove the alligator from the buttermilk and thoroughly dredge in the flour mixture. Tap off any excess flour and carefully transfer one-half of the alligator to the hot oil. Fry the alligator until golden brown and crisp, about 5 minutes. Let drain on prepared plate, lightly season with salt, and then transfer to a serving platter. Repeat with the remaining half of the alligator.
Transfer the Sri-ranch-a to a serving dish and garnish with the chives. Serve the sauce alongside the hot alligator.
Calories: 410 Calories.
29g Fat (5g Saturated fat, 65mg Cholesterol.) 700mg Sodium. 13g Carbohydrates (1g Fiber, 1g Total sugar.) 26g Protein.
Lower Fat: Air-fry alligator at 400 degrees for 20 minutes. Use low-fat mayonnaise and sour cream. 190 Calories. 3g Fat (1g Saturated fat, 55mg Cholesterol.) 740mg Sodium. 14g Carbohydrates (1g Fiber, 2g Total sugar.) 26g Protein.
Lower Carbohydrate: Use almond flour or other lower carbohydrate flour alternative. 380 Calories. 31g Fat (5g Saturated fat, 65mg Cholesterol.) 700mg Sodium. 3g Carbohydrates (1g Fiber, 1g Total sugar.) 26g Protein.
Lower Sodium: Use salt substitute and low-sodium mayonnaise to reduce sodium to 140mg.
Dairy-free: Use dairy-free sour cream & buttermilk. Note: if dairy-free buttermilk is unavailable, mix ¼ dairy-free milk with 1 tsp lemon juice.
Gluten-free: Use gluten-free flour. No significant change in macros.