Crocodile or Alligator meat is considered an exotic meat, it is consumed in some countries, such as Australia, Thailand, Philippines, and South Africa; it can also be found in specialty restaurants in some parts of the United States.
Taste of Crocodile or Alligator Meat: Crocodile meat has a delicate flavor; some describe it as a cross between chicken and crab.
- Alligator tail meat is considered the best section of alligator meat, it is very similar to veal in texture, but is said to taste like chicken, rabbit, fish or frog’s legs. Tail meat is white and tender.
- Alligator body meat is tougher and darker than tail meat. The taste of the midsection of the alligator meat is said to be closer to a pork shoulder and has a stronger natural flavor than the tail section.
- Alligator’s feet. Some alligator meat enthusiasts also enjoy the meat found in an alligator’s feet, often called the alligator’s wings. The flavor and texture reportedly resembles frog’s legs.
How to Cook Alligator or Crocodile Meat:
- Crocodile meat is similar to chicken and fish meat; therefore they are best cooked in the same manner as chicken. The meat should be cooked for two minutes on either side and then allowed to stand for a few minutes. It is best served just cooked (in red meat terms, medium rare).
- Do not use a large number of ingredients (other than herbs or spices) – no more than three is recommended so as not to hide its natural flavor.
- If frying, always use butter or olive oil as they will not impart a flavor that is unique.
Nutrient Content of Alligator Meat: Approximately 4 ounces (114 grams) of raw, edible portions:
- Total Calories: 110
- Calories from Fat: 20
- Total Fat: 2 g
- Saturated Fat: .5 g
- Cholesterol: 55 mg
- Sodium: 55 mg
- Total Carbohydrates: 0 g
- Protein: 24 g
Health Benefits of Alligator Meat:
- Alligator meat is considered to be healthier than domestic chicken, especially when it comes to cholesterol and fat content.
- Alligator meat is high in protein.
- It is believed that Crocodile cartilage has anti-carcinogenic and anti-arthritic properties.
Availability: Frozen alligator meat is usually sold to butcher shops and groceries in large freezer bags, which guarantees freshness for the consumer. It is usually sold frozen as tail steak, stew meat, burger, wings (legs). Almost all alligator meat sold today is produced in commercial alligator farms.