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Can you eat alligator medium rare?

Last Updated: 11th February, 2020

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? The meat tastes the best in cutlets as well as baked and fried food recipes. It should be cooked to medium rare. This meat tastes good grilled, fried, or barbequed. Even alligator eggs are used in some recipes.

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Similarly, is alligator meat safe to eat?

Alligator meat has been described as a healthy meat source for humans due to its high protein and low fat composition. It has been described as being mild flavored and firm in texture. Some U.S. companies process and market alligator meat derived only from the tail of alligators.

Secondly, does alligator have to be fully cooked? "It's a fully cooked product, but the best way to cook it is on the grill," he said. "You can use it in jambalaya, gumbo, or any kind of stew, any place you would use smoked sausage, such as red beans and rice."

Simply so, how much of an alligator is edible?

other information. The best part of the alligator to eat is the tenderloin, the inner piece of the tail (each tail has two tenderloins), considered to be the “filet mignon” of the gator. The second most desirable part is the white tail meat, and third is the white leg and body meat.

Can you get sick from eating alligator?

This is the conclusion of a study published in the International Journal of Food Microbiology, which shows that people can catch certain diseases (trichinosis, pentastomiasis, gnathostomiasis and sparganosis) by eating the meat of reptiles such as crocodiles, turtles, lizards or snakes.

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