#Fancy Gator Dish
Gator with lime and cilantro sauce
THE Chef Tyler Florence came visiting one day. He asked me to cook him something, so I chose to fix him my company alligator dish. Then Tyler asked what the name of this dish is. He stumped me because I hadn’t named it. Tyler said it’s your hashtag Fancy Gator Dish. So now this recipe has a proper name!
- FARM RAISED ALLIGATOR FILLETS 1/3 lb. per person
- 1/2 CUP LIME JUICE PLUS A LITTLE MORE TO YOUR LIKING
- 1 TSP OLIVE OIL ·2 TBLS BUTTER · 5 TBLS CRUSHED GARLIC
- 1/2 CUP WHITE WINE ·ALL PURPOSE FLOUR ·4 TBLS FRESH CHOPPED CILANTRO
- SALT AND GROUND PEPPER
Rinse and pat dry the alligator meat. Place in a glass dish and pour the lime juice over the alligator. Then cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least an hour.
In a heavy skillet, combine oil and butter and heat over medium heat. Add in the crushed garlic and sauté’ lightly. Remove garlic and set aside. Remove the alligator from the marinating dish and save the lime juice for later. Dredge gator with flour. Heat the same skillet back up over medium heat. Sauté gator about 4-5 minutes per side until crisp and brown. Remove gator and place in a warmed serving dish. Reheat garlic, and add back in the lime juice, wine, cilantro, and salt and ground pepper. Heat this mixture until the cilantro begins to wilt. Pour this sauce over the meat.
I usually will have prepared rice or pasta earlier. I then add that to the dish with the alligator and pour the sauce over both. Don’t be afraid to double or triple the sauce mixture…IT IS GREAT!