If you live in the southeastern United States, you are probably already aware of how to prepare gator tail. Gator tail is a delicacy to some in the south. Gator tail has been compared to chicken and is a very lean white meat. You can cook gator tail in many ways but the most common is to deep fry it ( as usual this is the south!). You can use it in soups, casseroles and also grill it. In this article I will explain how to fry this tasty dish.
- First you will need to cut the meat into small chunks, bite size pieces are easier to cook and eat.
- The next step will be preparing a batter. You will need milk, eggs, flour and spices. The first step to preparing the batter is to mix the egg wash. Mix two eggs and about a 1/2 cup of milk together, depending on how much you are cooking. Then you will take about a cup of flour and add salt and pepper to taste. You can also use many other spices depending on your taste. I prefer to use Lawry's Everglades seasoning.
- Now you will need to prepare your cooking oil. An easy way to deep fry is with a deep fryer appliance. If you do not have one you can use a standard size pot on the stove. Fill the pot about half way with vegetable oil. Make sure the oil is very hot before starting or the batter will not stick to your meat.
- Once your oil is hot, soak the meat in the egg wash. You can put your flour in a zip lock bag and shake it for easier coverage. Once you have coated the meat, slowly lower the meat into the oil. It will take approximately 7-10 minutes. A good way to tell if the meat is done is when it begins to float on top of the oil and is golden brown.
- Serve hot with a zesty mayonnaise sauce. You can make your own sauce by using mayonnaise, paprika, salt, pepper and a splash of vinegar. You can also use Ranch or Thousand Island dressing as a dipping sauce.
This is a very easy and common recipe. Of course you can prepare Gator Tail to your expectations, don't be afraid to use your imagination either. You will be surprised what you may come up with!