Trinidad Bake and Shark is one of the most popular street foods in Trinidad & Tobago. Bake and Shark is a sandwich made of fried bread and fish topped with veggies and delicious condiments. It is commonly eaten at Maracas Bay, where it can be bought at various food stalls near the beachfront.
This is a local delicacy that is a MUST-HAVE if you ever visit Trinidad & Tobago. This famous dish was made even more famous by Anthony Bourdain, who featured it in his "Parts Unknown: Trinidad and Tobago" TV show.
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Tip: We have a standalone Fry Bake Recipe here.
What does Bake and Shark taste like?
The shark meat has a firm texture and mild flavor. When combined with the crispy, fluffy bake and assorted toppings like sauces, chutneys, and vegetables, it creates a unique blend of savory, crunchy, and tangy flavors.
Is shark meat the only option for Bake and Shark?
Traditionally, Bake and Shark is made with shark meat, but in some variations or regions, other types of fish like kingfish, catfish or mahi-mahi might be used as alternatives.
What are common toppings for Bake and Shark?
What are some alternative toppings for a unique twist?
Where did Bake and Shark originate?
It originated in Trinidad and Tobago, particularly along the coastal areas, where shark meat was plentiful and a staple part of the diet.
1 pound Shark (substitutes are Cat Fish or King Fish)
1 Chive (chopped)
3 cloves minced Garlic
4 leaves culantro (chadon beni)
1 small Chopped Onion
1 Pimento Pepper (chopped)
1 1/2 teaspoon Salt
½ teaspoon Black Pepper
½ cup Flour
2 broad leaves Thyme (chopped)
Oil (or frying pan)
Combine all dry ingredients, leaving a bit of flour separate.
Add water slowly and mix till the dough forms and knead well.
Leave the dough to rest for 20 minutes.
Add chives, garlic, culantro, onion, thyme, pimento, salt and black pepper.
Let the fish marinate for 5-10 minutes. Go back to the bake.
Once the dough has risen, make balls about 4 inches in diameter. At this stage, use the extra flour to help form the balls.
Fry the dough on both sides until golden brown.
Dip each piece of shark into a bowl with egg.
Then place it into the flour, making sure to fully coat it.
Fry until golden brown.
Drain the fried fish. Partly slice open one of the fried bake and place the fried fish inside it.
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