Air Fryer Alligator Nuggets (Quick & Easy)

A delicious Cajun-style Fried Alligator recipe! Try this recipe for cajun-seasoned alligator, battered in buttermilk and seasoned flour and fried until golden.

Alligator nibbles are marinated in buttermilk and spicy sauce before being coated in Cajun spice-infused flour and deep-fried till crisp. I adore them with this Cajun remoulade, but they’re also delicious dipped in ranch dressing.

The bites of this fried alligator get mushy when left over. If you have an air fryer, though, you may crisp them up using the reheat feature.

These Fried Alligator Bites are crunchy on the outside and moist and soft on the inside – ideal for dipping!


  • 1 pound alligator flesh filet or tail
  • 1-quart buttermilk
  • One tablespoon of spicy sauce from Louisiana
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1 tbsp Cajun seasoning 1 tbsp vegetable oil for frying

How to Cook Crispy Cajun Fried Alligator

  • Wrap foil or parchment rounds around the tray of the air fryer oven (the one with the three racks). and generously spray

*On the one with the drawer, I used a piece of parchment paper to cover the holes. So that the air may get through, but use foil if you don’t have any.

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  • Fill a gallon baggie halfway with the flour mixture and spices.
  • Dip each piece of alligator into it and place it on the rack with room between each one.
  • Re-spray them, then take a bit more of the mix and sprinkle on top before spraying again.
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  • Cook for 10-12 minutes at 380°F, flipping halfway.
  • Then bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit on the top rack until crispy and golden to your liking.
  • Allowing them to cool improves their flavor.

Do you love Cajun cuisine? If so, check out our Air Fryer Corn on the Cob with Cajun seasoning.

Time and servings

  • Total Time: 2 Hour
  • Serving: 6-7 people

Nutrition fact

  • Calories: 300 kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 19g
  • Protein: 38g
  • Fat: 7g
  • Cholesterol: 4mg
  • Sodium: 100mg
  • Potassium: 106mg
  • Calcium: 52mg
  • Iron: 1mg

How do you make perfectly crispy alligator nuggets in an air fryer every time?

If you use your air fryer three or four times, you’ll eventually discover how to create wonderfully crispy alligator nuggets. Fortunately, I was able to figure it out on my own via a process of trial and error.

In other words, you may learn from my mistakes and do things differently.

I’ve found that the best way to bread anything like this is to spray (heavily) a sheet of foil with cooking spray and then coat each nugget in the breading mix and seasoning individually in a separate bag.

I apply a smooth layer. After that, spray some more while lying on the foil.
Repeating the previous step, I take a pinch of breading and sprinkle it on top of each nugget before spraying it with oil.

After 10 to 12 minutes, I flip them over and crank the heat to 400 degrees to get them nice and crispy.

I stop and let it cool off after that. What I have to do to clean up is toss away the foil.

I used a mister of coconut oil this time, and they came out beautiful and crispy with hardly any oil.

Does alligator taste good?

If you enjoy introducing unusual ingredients into your cooking, the alligator is a great choice.

Why do I soak alligator meat in milk/buttermilk?

We soak the alligator in buttermilk to tenderize and soften the wild flavor. While thawing, cover with milk. (It will also tenderize the meat while removing the wild flavor.)

How long does it take to cook alligator?

8-10 minutes. Cook the alligator, turning periodically with tongs, until golden brown and cooked through 8 to 10 minutes. Keep an eye on the temperature of the oil to ensure it does not become too hot.

Is alligator meat good for you?

Alligator meat has a lot of fiber and is high in omega-3 fatty acids. Phosphorus, potassium, vitamin B12, niacin, and monounsaturated fatty acids are also present.

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I am Chef Harunur Rashid Azim. I inherited my family's love of cooking at a young age. I graduated from the Institute of Culinary Education in London, UK, with determination and passion to become a chef. Follow me on Twitter: @RashidIsChef, FB: Azim

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