How to make Trini Bake and Shark

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Trinidad Bake and Shark is one of the most popular street foods 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.

Author: Classic Bakes Editorial Team
Average: 5 (27 votes)
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
45 mins


For Bake
For Shark


Combine all dry ingredients leaving a bit of flour separate.
A glass bowl with flour inside
Add water slowly and mix till dough forms knead well.
Water being added to a glass bowl of dry ingredients
Leave dough to rest for 20 minutes.
a bowl with a loose ball of dough
Wash the fish with lime and then drain properly and place in a bowl.
A bowl with white fish being rinsed with lime juice
Add chives, garlic, culantro, onion, thyme, pimento, salt and black pepper.
Bowl containing fish seasoning and herbs
Let fish marinate for 5-10 minutes. Go back to the bake.
Fish marinating in a bowl
Place pot on the stove using low heat with oil for deep-frying.
Overview of a pot of oil being heated on a stovetop
Once the dough has risen, make balls about 4 inches in diameter. At this stage use the extra flour to help form the balls.
Four pieces of cut dough on a floured countertop
Use a rolling pin to flatten the balls to about 1/3 inch thick. Use extra flour if needed.
Dough being rolled out with a rolling pin on a countertop
Fry the dough on both sides until golden brown.
Dough frying in a pot of oil
Crack egg in a bowl and mix well. Place flour in another bowl.
Arial view of a bowl of marinated fish next to a bowl of flour and a bowl of beaten eggs
Dip each piece of shark into bowl with egg.
Overview of fish being dipped into a bowl of beaten eggs
Then place it into the flour making sure to fully coat it.
Sideview of a fish being coated in a bowl of flour
Fry until golden brown.
Fish being fried in a pot of oil
Drain the fried fish. Partly slice open one of the fried bake and place the fried fish inside it.
Bun being cut with a knife in half on a plate
Add the following optional salad toppings: lettuce, tomatoes, ketchupsliced pineapple and shredded cabbage.
Sideview of bake and shark being assembled on a plate
Add the following optional condiments: pepper saucetamarind saucegarlic saucemustardchadon beni saucepepper sauce, and cucumber chutney
Side view of a plate with bake and shark

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