In honor of having the entire Jaws series on HBOgo this weekend, I am posting my first experience eating shark. First, I should note that when I was at the fish market and I had originally gone in to buy basa fillet- they were sold out and in its place were these shark steaks. At a STEAL price of $3.99 per pound, I showed BR the steaks and asked if he liked shark. He said yes so I went with it. I had NO idea what I was going to do with it but at that insane price, I couldn’t let the curiosity go unanswered!
The first thing I tried to figure out was the texture. I thought about how sharks actually looked and they look kinda like swordfish…kinda. I’ve had swordfish before and found it to be a very meaty fish but on the fishy side. With that assumption, I thought the safest and tastiest way to try my first shark was in a coconut curry sauce.
Coconut curry couldn’t be easier to make, either!
Red Coconut Curry Shark serves 4-6
1 lb shark steaks
1 red bell pepper, sliced
2 Tbsp red curry paste
1 tsp fish sauce
1 14 oz can of light coconut milk
(optional: cooked white rice)
On a non stick grill pan, heat over a medium flame for about 1 minute and add steaks. Cook the steaks for 4-6 minutes on each side. When cooked, set aside.
In a medium sauce pot, sweat the pepper over a medium-low flame for 2-3 minutes. Add the red curry paste and whisk in the coconut milk, then add the fish sauce. Stir and allow to simmer over a low heat for 25-30 minutes.
Nestle the shark into the sauce to coat. Serve over rice with extra sauce.
The results? Shark is confusing.
While I was cooking the shark, there was a strong fish odor. I thought, okay, this is going to be fishy. And out of curiosity, I tasted a cooked steak. The texture was soft. The meat reminded me of the dark meat of chicken- moist and tender. Even BR was expecting a different taste but was overall really happy. I loved it! Will definitely make again!