Shark & Bake – a Trinidad and Tobago treat

Shark n’ Bake

So what is Shark n’ Bake? Well it is basically fried dough and highly seasoned fried fish. ‘Shark n Bake’ is -the- ultimate beach food in Trinidad although it can be bought in other places as well. Its Epicentre where it is said to have been first created is Maracas Bay in the Northern part of Trinidad.

As simple as it sounds it’s really all in the execution, and of course the adding of the condiments! The condiment bar is often as large as the fish stand and contains everything from cilantro sauces to garlic sauce, tamarind sauce, chopped vegetables and of course pepper sauce. For those who don’t eat shark or can’t get shark, substitute with alternative white fillets options.

Fried Bake

4 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp salt
4 tsp baking powder
water
oil for frying

  • Sift flour, salt and baking powder
  • Add enough water (around 2 1/2 cups) to make a soft dough
  • Knead for about 10 minutes
  • Leave to rest for 1/2 hour or more
  • Divide into 6 portions
  • Flatten each portion to a diameter of 5″ to 6″ and 1/4″ thick.Oil hands if necessary to prevent the dough from sticking to your hands
  • 7. Fry in hot oil until brown, turning once
  • 8. Drain on kitchen paper

Fried Fish

1 lb fish fillets
2 limes
breadcrumbs
flour
2 tbsp minced chive & thyme
1 tsp minced garlic
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 tsp pepper sauce
1-2 beaten eggs
oil for frying

  • Combine chive, thyme, garlic, salt and pepper sauce
  • Marinate fish in lime and salt for about 15 minutes
  • Drain well and rub with seasoning mixture
  • Dip fillets in flour
  • Dip fillets in egg
  • Dip fillets in breadcrumbs
  • Fry on both sides until brown
  • Drain thoroughly on kitchen paper

Condiments:

Condiments for this dish are as varied and free-form as they come. Let your imagination and preferences guide you including coleslaw, tossed tomatoes and watercress with olive oil, salt and pepper, and a sauce made by combining diluted mango chutney with ketchup and chopped garlic

Assemble by slicing horizontally into the fried bake 90% of the way through. Insert a fillet and top with condiments.

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