Dogfish is one of the underrated fish that would make many exciting dishes, provided that you give this species of shark a chance to prove itself. Compared to other sharks, dogfish has more fats, and its sweet flavor and the fact that it has no bones, but cartilage, makes it easy to cook. When you prepare dogfish, you don’t have to worry that the meat will become flaky and dry, as the fat content will take care of this.
Because it is difficult to skin, dogfish is sold already skinned, so the white fillets resemble eels to some degree. There are many delicious recipes for cooking dogfish, and now we will share a few of the most popular.
Deep-fried dogfish prepared with beer batter
If there is one thing you may want to know about this species is that it may be better to consume the fillets after they were frozen for a few weeks. This will allow the ammonia that usually affects such species to be eliminated, and it will not affect your taste.
So, for this recipe, a few frozen dogfish fillets should be the primary ingredient. As far as other ingredients are concerned, you will also need a can of beer (lager would be the most recommended), flour, oil, and salt. As you can see, we are starting strong with an easy-to-make recipe that you will not need to go to a cooking school to be able to make it.
First things first, you need to prepare the beer batter, and this is easy. You just mix the beer and the flour in a bowl, with the purpose of obtaining a mixture that pours but without being too liquid. Half of the can of beer mixed with eight tablespoons of flour should be enough, but if you want to cook more fillets, just increase the quantities.
Mix in some salt, as well, to give your batter, and later your fish fillets, some more taste. Heat the oil in a pan. Take each fish fillet, coat it with flour and then dip it well in the beer batter. The coated fillets are placed inside the pan and cooked on both sides, to the point that they become a light brown. Like many other types of fish meat, they don’t need a lot of time to make.
Be aware that the batter will tend to absorb quite a lot of oil, so make sure to eliminate the excess of fat by placing your cooked fillets on kitchen towels before serving. Dogfish, when prepared in this manner, is delicious with chips on the side, and tomato ketchup.
Another easy to make recipe, a dogfish burger is excellent for making some food on the go. The British even call this recipe huss fish cakes, huss being another name used for dogfish. A great thing about this recipe is that you can use any white fish meat since it will work just great. If you feel a little more adventurous, you can pick different fish fillets and cook them all like this.
For four burgers, you will need two dogfish fillets, two potatoes, a little milk, lemon juice, one egg, breadcrumbs, oil, and parsley. Salt and pepper for seasoning are fine. First, boil the potatoes, then peel them and mash them until you obtain a puree. Mix the fish fillets with the mashed potatoes, then add the chopped parsley, some salt, and pepper, as well as the lemon juice.
The mix should be of medium consistency, not too hard, and not too moist. Create small fish burgers, depending on what you have in mind. Place the burgers in the fridge to chill and also become a bit firmer, so they don’t become undone when you will try to cook them.
Coat a frying pan with a thin layer of oil and heat it up. Aside, you should have a beaten egg. Take each fish burger, coat it with egg, then tumble it gently through breadcrumbs. Place each burger inside the pan, without crowding them too much.
Be aware that these burgers will take very little time to make. By the time you have all the burgers inside the pan, you may already have to flip the first one. A simple rule to follow is that these fish burgers take about three minutes to make for each side.
Drain the oil excess on some paper towels. You can serve your fish burgers with any sauce you like, although they are the best with mayonnaise or tartar sauce. If you want to make your burgers even more appealing, serve them with salad on the side.
Dogfish with lentils
Dogfish is such an easy to cook fish, and many recipes involve deep frying it. So, the area where you may get a little bit more creative is the side dish. In this recipe, we will offer you the possibility to create a delicious side dish that will make dogfish even more palatable, and the entire meal healthier. Also, this time we will grill the dogfish instead of deep-frying it.
For this recipe, you will need dogfish fillets, some plain flour, and olive oil. This recipe is all about making fried dogfish as healthy as possible, hence the choice of ingredients. The sauce for it will be based on Greek yogurt, so make sure you have this ingredient on the table when you start cooking. You will also need half a cucumber, diced and with the seeds removed, and a crushed clove of garlic, mixed with a bit of salt. The juice from half a lemon should be added to the yogurt sauce, as well.
Get Puy lentils for this recipe, if you can. A can of lentils is enough for cooking this dish. You will also need one finely chopped shallot, coriander seeds, one half of chili, chopped, and water (or stock). Also, some olive oil will be needed for the side dish, as well.
Preparing the yogurt sauce happens like this. Mix the Greek yogurt with salt and pepper. Add the diced cucumber, the lemon juice, and the garlic. You should start with this because the flavors will mix better if you let the mix rest for a while before serving.
When cooking the lentils, first stir-fry the chopped shallot, with the coriander seeds and the chili. After two minutes, put in the lentils and cover with water. They should be brought to simmer and let to do precisely that for 15 minutes. Check the lentils to see if they are tender. Drain the excess of water.
Mix the flour with a bit of salt and pepper and preheat your griddle for grilling the fish fillets. Use the olive oil to spray the cooking surface and dust a little each fillet with the flour mix. Grill each fillet for 1-2 minutes for each side.
Move each fillet onto a plate and serve with a spoonful of cooked lentils and enough yogurt sauce for each person at the table. This delicious meal is low in calories, compared to deep-fried dogfish, and also comes in good company, as the tender lentils and the spicy sauce will complement well the sweet flavor of this meat.
Who says that dogfish stew can only be cooked by deep frying or grilling it? This fish meat is ideal for making a delicious stew, as well, and we will tell you right away how to cook it. For this recipe, you will need baby potatoes, sweet peppers, garlic, tomatoes, and tomato paste. For spices, pick salt, oregano, and parsley. And, of course, get some dogfish fillets as the main ingredient.
First, prepare the ingredients. Cut all the baby potatoes into halves, and slice the peppers after removing all the seeds. The garlic must be crushed, and the tomatoes should also be cut into halves. Chop the parsley and the oregano, and cut the fish fillets into medium size pieces, as you would with meat when prepared for any stew.
Next, get a large pan and turn the heat on medium. Pour about two tablespoons of olive oil, and cook the baby potatoes for a few minutes, making sure to stir to avoid them from getting stuck on the bottom. Add the sliced peppers and the crushed garlic, and stir for an extra of three minutes.
After that, add the cut tomatoes, the tomato sauce and about one cup of water. Turn down the heat a bit and bring everything to simmer. Next, add the chopped oregano and parsley, and season with salt. The potatoes should become already tender for the next step.
Season the fillet pieces with salt and place them in the pan together with the rest of the ingredients. Push the pieces gently into the mix, and add some water. In about five minutes, the fish should be ready. Add more salt, if needed, and enjoy this delicious stew whenever you want. It is healthy, and you will love the mix of flavors.