Blackened Florida Alligator with Coconut Rum Sauce and Mango Relish

Blackened Florida Alligator with Coconut Rum Sauce and Mango Relish

August 30, 2020

By: Staff Report

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. – Blackened Florida Alligator with Coconut Rum Sauce and Mango Relish, a Florida specialty. This recipe will make enough to serve a family of four. Enjoy!

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1 pound Florida alligator tail, sliced thin

2 large Florida mangoes, peeled and sliced thin

½ cup Florida sweet peppers, sliced thin

2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped fine

1 lime, juiced

1 cup dark rum

1 tablespoon blackened spice mix

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 cup coconut milk

1 cup heavy cream

Sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste


In a medium bowl combine mango, sweet pepper, cilantro, and lime juice and season with salt and pepper.

Preheat a medium sauté pan over medium heat. Remove pan from heat and carefully add rum to hot pan, then place back on heat (be extremely careful when adding rum to the hot pan). Cook until rum has reduced by half. Add vanilla, coconut milk, and heavy cream and stir to combine. Cook on low until thick and coats the back of a spoon. Transfer to bowl and set aside.

Wipe out pan and reheat over medium-high heat; add one tablespoon oil. Lightly season both sides of the sliced alligator tail with blackening season. Pan sear both sides for 30 seconds to 1 minute; do not overcrowd. Remove from the pan and repeat the process until all the alligator is cooked.

Serve warm with rum sauce and mango relish.

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