Aug 092012

This dish features the most menacing animal from the water.

Alligator meat does not taste like chicken. The best part to eat is the

tail meat. You need to make sure that the meat is free of fat, which can

lead to a gamy taste. Sauce Picante is a spicy tomato sauce. It is great

with any meat, especially chicken.

2 pounds Alligator Tail meat cubed

1 cup Vegetable Oil

2 tablespoons Creole  Seasoning

1 cup Flour

2 cups Onions chopped

2 cups Celery chopped

2 cups Green Bell Peppers chopped

2 tablespoons Garlic chopped

1 29 ounce can Tomato Sauce

1 28 ounce can Rotel Tomatoes

3 teaspoons Dark Brown Sugar

2 cups Seafood Stock, Chicken Stock  or Chicken Broth

3 Bay Leaves

2 teaspoons Fresh Thyme chopped

2 teaspoons Fresh Oregano chopped

3 teaspoons Fresh Basil chopped

2 teaspoons Salt

2 teaspoons Cayenne Pepper


Season the meat well with Creole Seasoning.  In a large pot,

heat oil over low-medium heat. Brown meat in oil. Remove the meat

and make a roux using the fat and flour, cooking it to a medium brown

color. Add onions, celery and bell pepper. When the pot is somewhat

cooled, add the garlic and sauté the vegetables over medium heat

until tender. Add tomato sauce, Rotel, seafood stock and brown sugar.

Cook for 3 minutes. Add the seasonings and simmer until thickened

and meat is tender. Serve over hot rice.



I lived in New Orleans, since birth, until Hurricane Katrina. I now live in Arkansas with my wife and our spoiled-rotten dog. I have been cooking since I was 8. My first cookbook, You can't keep New Orleans out of the cook, is now available at and most online bookstores. It is also available on Kindle and Nook.

  One Response to “Alligator Sauce Picante”

  1. Loved this when I was in New Orleans but now that I’m home will have to use chicken ☹️️☹️️