Blackened Alligator Steaks

Blackened Alligator Steaks

Serves 4

Note: Cook inside only if you have the best ventilation–blackening the steaks will be very smoky.

• 4 alligator steaks, from the tail (about 6 ounces each)

• 3 tablespoons butter, melted

• Seasonings:

• 1 teaspoon salt

• 1 tablespoon paprika

• 1 teaspoon ground cumin

• 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

• ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

• ½ teaspoon freshly ground white pepper

• ½ teaspoon dried thyme

• ½ teaspoon dried oregano

• ½ teaspoon dried chives

• 1 teaspoon garlic powder

1. Mix seasonings in a bowl. Pour onto a plate.

2. Brush steaks with 2 tablespoons melted butter. Dip both sides of each steak into seasoning mix

3. Place a dry, heavy cast iron skillet over high heat for 5 to 7 minutes. Place steaks in pan and sear for 2 minutes; turn, brush with remaining 1-tablespoon butter, and cook for 1 to 2 minutes. (With thicker steaks, it may be necessary to finish in a moderate over for 4 to 5 minutes.)