How to Grill Shark Meat
Never tried to cook shark meat? Don’t let the idea of grilling shark meat scare you. Grilling helps ensure the shark doesn’t dry out during cooking because it has a short cooking time. Whether you prefer small, thin cuts of shark meat or thicker, larger pieces, here are great recipes you can try out.
Types of Shark Meat
There are various types of shark meat you can grill or example, Grilled Mako Steaks, Skewer Shark Kebabs (grilled with Orange Avocado Salsa) and Grilled Marinated Gulf Shark.
Grilled Mako Steaks – If you’ve ever been fortunate enough to sample delicious, melt-in-your-mouth perfect thick steak, you already know that there is nothing a finer as freshly caught Mako streak. It is common in the Americas.
Skewer Shark Kebabs with Orange-Avocado Salsa – You can try new things by preparing thicker cubes of shark steaks and skewing them with potatoes and orange-avocado salsa. You will be amazed how great these are for the grill.
Grilled Marinated Gulf Shark Meat Recipe
Just like the above shark delicacies, the grilled marinated gulf shark will leave you licking your fingers and your guests asking for more. It is the easiest of them all. Grilled shark meat is not a typical recipe, and finding diverse and interesting shark meat recipes can sometimes be hard, but grilling other sturdy steak seafood like tuna and swordfish would be perfectly suitable. The following recipe will give you an amazing experience.
- 1 ½ pound of fresh gulf shark cut into 1-inch cubes steaks;
- 3 tablespoons olive oil;
- ½ cup orange juice
- 1 orange peeled and pith cut away and cubed
- 2 tablespoons light soy sauce;
- 2 tablespoon lemon juice;
- ¼ glass of milk;
- 3 minced garlic clove;
- ½ teaspoon Sea salt;
- A pinch of cayenne pepper;
- 1 large avocado also peeled, pitted, cubed;
- 1 red onion, chopped;
- ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
- A pinch chili powder.
- 1 chopped red onion and;
- Any tropical sauce (Mostly, Mango Salsa)
- Place the frozen shark steaks in a shallow dish and pour milk over them to cover. Defrost the shark steaks placing them in the refrigerator for 24 hours. (It can be overnight or just for a few hours)
- To prepare the marinade, mix the orange juice and 1 tablespoon lemon juice in a medium size glass bowl and stir to mix evenly. (The marinade contains acidic ingredients such as citrus juice and soy sauce to penetrate the meat).
- Place the 1-inch fresh shark steaks in the marinade until they are completely submerged.
- Put the bowl containing the shark steaks soaked in marinade in the refrigerator and allow to marinate for 15 minutes. After this time, remove and turn the steaks. Return the bake in the refrigerator to marinate for another 15 minutes.
- Preheat the grill to 400 or 500 degrees until the grill rack is screaming hot. Spray with the shark steaks with 2 teaspoons of olive oil and place on a hot grill. (The steaks should cook for 10 minutes per inch of thickness or until the shark steaks flakes easily).
- Allow the shark steaks to grill for 5 to 6 minutes on one side and then turn them.
- Allow the other side to grill for an additional 5 or 6 minutes until shark steaks are flaky or until it is opaque at the center.
- Remove the steaks from the grill and place them over a hot barbecue
- To prepare the orange avocado salsa, start by combining the cubed oranges, chopped onion, chopped cilantro and minced garlic in medium bowl.
- Add the pinch of chili and the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil and 1 tablespoon lemon juice and stir gently.
- Season to taste with a pinch of cayenne pepper and salt. Mix with avocado and let it stand for an hour.
- Serve the grilled marinated gulf shark while hot with a tropical sauce like mango salsa and a nice lager. (Mango salsa is a topping for grilled shark steaks)
Time and Temperature Tips for Grilling Shark Meat
Shark meat cooks for a short time. Therefore, shark steaks can’t be prepared while frozen because their exteriors will overcook before the center fully thaws. Shark steaks won’t defrost well in the microwave because they will start cooking before they have thawed completely. The meat will thaw faster if you submerge the steaks in cold water for 2 hours and replace it with cold water severally. Avoid using wine to prepare the marinade, as it may overpower the shark’s flavor. Mango salsa is a classic topping for grilled shark steaks. Another tip that works is putting back the grilled steaks back to marinate a little longer, which makes it tender, flaky and even more delicious.