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Recipe: Grilled Gator Loin

Updated: Nov 27, 2021

Ever tried gator meat? Contrary to popular belief, it doesn't taste like chicken! It tastes more like a wild game bird such as quail but has a slightly fishy flavor. The meat can be a bit chewy, depending on the preparation.

Huntress View Team Member Cara Thompson harvested a gator while in Florida over the winter and shared her delicious recipe for grilled gator loin!


1 whole gator loin

1 lemon, sliced

Italian dressing

Garlic powder

Chopped onion

Mushroom seasonings

Tip: Adjust seasonings to your preferred tastes


Tenderize the gator loin: place the loin in a dish and cover with Italian dressing and seasonings of your choice. Cover and put in the refrigerator overnight to marinate.

When you are ready to grill:

Spray a foil sheet with cooking oil, such as Pam Olive Oil. Place the loin on the foil cover with marinade sauces. Add more seasoning, if desired, and cover with slices of lemon.

Wrap the loin in foil and grill for about 20–30 minutes depending on how thick the loin is. Gator should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160 degrees, but be careful not to overcook since that will dry it out.

Unwrap from the foil, cut, and enjoy!

Be sure to check the Recipes page of our website for more great wild game recipes from the Huntress View Team.

Follow Cara on Instagram at @cara_wi_huntress.

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