How to make Trini Bake and Shark

Classic Bakes Editorial Team
Published Date
Average: 5 (25 votes)
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
45 mins
Close up shot of Trinidad Bake and Shark in box
Front shot of Trinidad Bake and Shark with sea background

Trinidad Bake and Shark are some of the popular foods of the twin isle Republic of Trinidad & Tobago. Bake & 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. We hope you try this recipe wherever you are in the world!

Tip: We have a standalone Fry Bake Recipe here.

For Bake
For Shark
Instructions 0%
  1. Combine all dry ingredients leaving a bit of flour separate.
  2. Add water slowly and mix till dough forms knead well.
  3. Leave dough to rest for 20 minutes.
  4. Wash fish with lime and then drain properly and place in a bowl.
  5. Add chives, garlic, cilantro, onion, thyme, pimento, salt and black pepper.
  6. Let fish marinate for 5-10 minutes. Go back to the bake.
  7. Place pot on the stove using low heat with oil for deep-frying.
  8. Once the dough has risen, make balls about 4 inches in diameter at this stage use the extra flour to help form the balls.
  9. Use a rolling pin to flatten the balls to about 1/3 inch thick. Use extra flour if needed.
  10. Fry the dough on both sides until golden brown.
  11. Crack egg in a bowl and mix well. Place flour in another bowl.
  12. Dip each piece of shark into bowl with egg.
  13. Then place it into the flour making sure to fully coat it.
  14. Fry until golden brown.
  15. Drain and add your favorite salad toppings and condiments (lettuce, tomatoes, ketchup, pepper sauce, tamarind sauce).

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