Hubby: “What’s žralok?”
Me: “Hold on I’ll look it up on my phone.”
Hubby: “Maybe it’s swordfish”
Me: “No žralok means shark.”
Hubby: “Really? Let’s get it.”
Me: “Are you serious? I don’t know if I want to eat shark.”
Hubby: “It’s really good, kinda meaty. Remember that shark sandwich I got at the Spanish restaurant? You liked it, it was really good. Let’s get it.”
Me (trying to come up with excuses not to buy it): “But I don’t know how to cook shark.” (Like that’s ever stopped me before.)
Hubby: “I want to cook it. You’ll see how good it tastes.”
Me: “All right, so you cook it them.”
Me: “So how are you going to cook that shark?”
Hubby: “First I want to find out what kind of shark it is. Could be Mako but I want to make sure first. I’ll look up some recipe ideas.”
Me: “So do you know what you’re going to do with the shark? What kind is it?”
Hubby: “Yes, I have some ideas. I think it’s either Mako or Blue shark.”
A few minute later
Me: “Do all sharks eat people?”
Hubby gives me a long nerdy explanation about sharks. My brain filtered out most of the information and hung on to the parts where he mentioned some species do or will eat people.
Me: “WAIT! I am going to eat something that ate a human being?”
Hubby: Laughing, “No that’s not what I said. You sounds nervous or like you don’t want to eat it?
Me: “I just don’t want to eat something that has human bits in its flesh.”
Hubby: “It doesn’t”
Me: “Can you guarantee that? I want a guarantee.”
Hubby: Laughing and jokingly he said “Don’t be a dork. You shouldn’t be afraid to eat something that wouldn’t hesitate to eat you.”
Me: “Well the way Chachi eats I think if she had the opportunity to eat me she would. So should I eat Chachi before she eats me then?”
Hubby: Laughing, “Are you freaking out about eating shark? It’s no different than the stingray, or tuna or swordfish you’ve eaten.”
Me: “Uhmm hello! You know I don’t like the taste of stingray.”
Hubby: “Okay but you like tuna and swordfish so you’ll like the shark too.”
Me: “I better or else I’m going out for dinner and leaving you with your shark.”
Hubby: “You will and if you don’t then you can get some takeout.”
Me: “Okay. Sorry I’m freaking out, I don’t know why. It just feels weird eating a shark. I keep hearing the Jaws music in my head.”
We both started laughing at the ridiculousness of what I said. A few hours later hubby goes into the kitchen to start dinner. He told me that the package said this was Prionace Glauca or blue shark. This was my husband’s first time cooking shark and he said he wanted to keep it simple. Next time he wants to experiment more with his recipe. Here’s how he cooked our blue shark steaks.
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- 2 blue shark steaks defrosted, total weight of 700 g or 1.5 lb
- roughly chopped garlic, about 4-5 cloves
- olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste
- pepper flakes, to sprinkle over cooked steaks
- Defrost the steaks and drain off as much of the liquid as possible. Blue shark holds a lot of water. For that reasons when they are cooked they shrink quite a bit. Trim off all the skin and cartilage, discard.
- Heat a grill pan and cook the garlic until soft, about 2 minutes. Next add the steaks cook for 5 minutes, flip and cook another 5 minutes or longer if you wish to cook off extra liquid. Just before serving squeeze lemon juice into the pan and cook another 2 minutes. Sprinkle red pepper flakes when serving. Serve with steamed rice and your favorite vegetable. (My previous asparagus recipe makes a great side dish.)
In the end my freak out was just plain silly. My husband was right, I really did love the taste of shark. The smell was not fishy like I expected but rather a mild fish smell. The taste was not like a meaty fish but rather a light and fragile fish. In my opinion garlic, lemon and fish are a harmonious food pairing. I would definitely eat blue shark again. Since hubby did such a great job at cooking it I will let him experiment with and cook all the shark that comes into our kitchen. I mean look at the evidence below, wouldn’t you let him cook all the shark too?
How about you, have you ever eaten or cooked shark? What did you think of it?
Before I let you go I’d like to invite you to Baker Street where I’m doing a guest post today. The lovely Anuradha, BakerStreet.tv, invited me to participate in her new series called “Bread 101” Please stop by to see my Olive Oil recipe. It will be published at 7 am EST, http://bakerstreet.tv/2012/06/bread-101-olive-oil-bread/ It’s a super simple bread recipe that I bake often. Enjoy and have a fabulous weekend everyone!