In some Eastern cultures, shark meat has been consumed for centuries and it is believed to have beneficial and healing properties. Big fish consumers such as Japan and China consider shark meat extremely important for their weekly diets and this is why you’ll find plenty of ways to cook it.
You can find shark meat in almost all supermarkets and countries in the world, but it is especially consumed in countries like Japan, China, India, Sri Lanka, some parts of Africa, and even in Mexico. Northern European cultures also have a long history of fishing and consuming shark meat and this is easily seen in their local cuisines. However, some other countries, including the United States, are only picking up shark meat now and mainly consider it a delicacy.
Be it as it may, shark meat has similar properties to the rest of the fish and it is prepared in almost the same ways. Steaks and fillets represent the main cooking methods across the world but, no matter the recipe, shark meat could be dangerous if consumed raw.
It is believed that some larger species of sharks have high quantities of urea due to their mainly carnivorous diet, so consuming raw shark meat could lead to serious poisonings. Nevertheless, if you finally decided to try shark yourself, here are some of the easiest and most delicious recipes you can try and some tips to help you.
Selecting and preparing the meat
Before starting our journey and tell you all about some of the most mouth-watering shark recipes, you need to learn how to properly pick and prepare the shark meat. Keep in mind that this type of meat is a little bit more pretentious than other types of fish, so you need to be extra careful.
It is important to always buy fresh shark meat from reputable supermarkets or fish markets. As we previously mentioned, sharks can create a large quantity of urea because they urinate through their skins and, if the skin is not immediately and carefully removed, the taste will certainly determine you to order in for dinner.
Moreover, due to the overfishing of sharks in some waters, this type of fish can only be harvested in certain months and for certain amounts.
This is why we also suggest appealing to reputed fishers and fish companies that appeal to sustainable fishing without diminishing the shark populations in the waters. Sharks are vital for the waters they live in because they have the capacity to clean them as they mainly feast on corpses and smaller fish.
The easiest and most popular way to prepare your shark meat is to cut it in steaks and fire it on the grill. Since shark meat contains a lot of fat, we strongly suggest you marinate it for at least one hour prior to the grilling. You can use a mixture of olive oil, sesame oil, rosemary, a lot of lemon juice, sea salt and freshly minced pepper, as well as a few garlic gloves.
Mix all the ingredients together and put the mixture on the fish steaks evenly. You can even use a zipper bag to put the marinade and the fish inside and then shake the bag firmly for a few minutes.
This way all the ingredients will slowly penetrate the shark’s meat and, when you put it on the grill, you will have a juicy, tender, and extremely flavored meat.
If you want to make sure your shark meat is perfectly grilled you have to cook it on the hottest part of the grill for two minutes on each side, and afterward, place it to the cooler part and let it grill for another four minutes. We suggest continuing seasoning the meat until it’s done by adding fresh rosemary, salt, pepper, and even ginger if you don’t like the taste of garlic.
Shark meat kebab
If you’re looking for more ways to cook your shark at a barbeque, one easy way to deliver a delicious and hearty meal would be to make your own shark kebabs. For that, you will need skewers, some fresh veggies, shark meat, and fresh herbs and spices.
The first thing to do is to cut the shark meat into thick cubes, then put them in skewers with a mixture of your favorite fresh veggies. You can add sweet or normal potatoes, cherry tomatoes, red onions, bell peppers, eggplants, zucchinis or even a combination of fresh fruits and veggies such as pineapple and zucchinis or onions and thick lemon or lime slices.
After you skewered all the ingredients according to your preferences, don’t forget to season them with fresh herbs and spices. Add salt, pepper, oregano or rosemary, as well as plenty of lemon juice. Place the skewered kebabs on the grill and cook them evenly on both sides. You can serve them with a series of sauces and salsas, depending on your preferences.
We like to keep things as simple as possible so we either combine freshly squeezed oranges and herbs or the classic Greek tzatziki. You can find plenty of online recipes on how to make salsas and tzatziki.
If you have plenty of fish meat left from the barbeques and don’t know what to do with it, the simplest dish is to actually make a fish soup. The secret to cooking the perfect fish soup is to add different types of fish, preferably both from freshwater and saltwater places. You can combine the shark meat with crappies, pike or trout. In fact, you can add as many types of fish as you want, with the single condition to clan all the bones and have small chunks of fish meat.
Place your favorite types of wish, alongside the shark into a large bowl and fill it with fresh water. You can add chicken or vegetable broth or cook the fish alongside fresh vegetables such as onions, carrots, peppers, and tomatoes. Let it cook for about 40-50 minutes and don’t forget to season the soup according to your preferences. Freshly minced salt and pepper will add a unique flavor to your soup. You can even add shrimps in it and ginger to make it spicier.
If you like cream soups more than traditional soups you can mix in a bowl some vegetable broth with boneless shark small chunks and some peeled shrimps, alongside slices of fresh ginger or ginger powder and the condiments of your preference. Put all the ingredients in the blender and enjoy a nice bowl of hot and fresh shark soup in a matter of seconds.
Again, make sure that both the shrimp and the shark meat are previously cooked or boiled. Do not add raw fish into your soup as there is the risk of food poisoning or infestation with strong bacteria.
Baked shark steaks
Another easy way to enjoy delicious shark meat is to bake it in the oven. You can either place the shark steaks in a greased baking dish or wrap the shark in oiled foil and place it on a cooking sheet. Brush the fish with melted butter or extra virgin olive oil, depending on your preferences, and season it with fresh herbs, salt, pepper, and some lemon juice. You can even add some teaspoons of soy sauce or your favorite salsa before putting the fish into the preheated oven.
Bake for around 10 minutes but make sure the meat is evenly done on both sides before taking it off the oven.
You can replace the baking sheets with aluminum foil and add a larger amount of lemon juice, pepper beans, minced garlic, and rosemary directly on the fish. Wrap the shark steaks using aluminum foil and place the fish in a cooking pan or directly on your oven’s grill. Allow for 30 minutes or more to slowly cook. Keep in mind that shark is quite a heavy and greasy meat, so it will require more time to perfectly cook and get all that away.
There are many delicious ways and combinations in which you can cook shark meat, but it really depends on your tastes and imagination. In our opinion, the best way to enjoy a healthy piece of shark meat is to put it on the grill or use a marinade before grilling. However, the recipes presented above are just a few ways in which we thought about combining shark meat to deliver an exotic yet fresh combination of vegetables, citrus, and shark meat.
You can search for more delicious recipes online and write us and tell us your favorite ways to cook shark. Most importantly, how often do you eat fish?