Bajan Shark and Bake

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Shark and Bake is a traditional dish, love by Bajans. In Barbados you can find it many places, it’s typically made with shark meat that is marinated in a mixture of lime juice, garlic, onion, and various spices, and then wrapped in a "bake" which is a type of fried dough. Here is a basic recipe for Shark and Bake:


1 lb shark meat, cut into small pieces

1 onion, finely chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 cup cilantro, chopped

1/2 cup parsley, chopped

1/4 cup chives, chopped

1/4 cup green onions, chopped

2 tbsp lime juice

1 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp smoked paprika

Salt and pepper, to taste

2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 cup butter, chilled and diced

1/2 cup cold water

Oil, for frying


In a large bowl, combine the shark meat, onion, garlic, cilantro, parsley, chives, green onions, lime juice, cumin, paprika, salt, and pepper. Mix well and set aside.

In a separate bowl, combine the flour and salt. Cut in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Slowly add the cold water and mix until a dough forms.

Divide the dough into 8 equal portions and roll each one out into a circle about 6 inches in diameter.

Place about 2-3 tablespoons of the shark mixture in the center of each dough circle. Fold the dough over and press the edges together to seal.

Heat oil in a deep fryer or large pot to 350 degrees F. Fry the shark and bakes until golden brown, about 3-4 minutes per side.

Drain on paper towels and serve hot.

Enjoy your Shark and Bake!

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