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Old 03-17-2011, 04:02 PM   #11
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ew, that takes care of eating shark for me. I'll for sure never touch it in my life.
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Old 03-17-2011, 08:35 PM   #12
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ew, that takes care of eating shark for me. I'll for sure never touch it in my life.
I've never eaten shark. I remember my marine biology class in high school and thinking shark would never be on my menu. Did you see the ammonia "cured" shark from Iceland on Bizarre Foods?

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Some of the best (and totally non-ammonia tasting or smelling) fish and chips I have ever had was made from shark.
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Old 03-17-2011, 09:48 PM   #14
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Some of the best (and totally non-ammonia tasting or smelling) fish and chips I have ever had was made from shark.
Like many foods, prep or proper treatment can render the inedible into a delicacy.

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Old 03-17-2011, 09:55 PM   #15
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Like many foods, prep or proper treatment can render the inedible into a delicacy.

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Yeah, I have no idea how they prepped it. I have never heard anything about the ammonia issue, but I haven't read up on it.
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Old 03-17-2011, 09:58 PM   #16
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I love shark. Season it and pan fry in some olive oil leaving some pink in the middle.Grilling it works good too.

Shark makes excellent fish tacos or eat with some mashed potatoes or cauliflower puree.
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Isn't shark one of those fish that aren't very sustainable when fished? The grow slowly, mature late, and produce only a few young.
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Old 03-19-2011, 04:44 AM   #18
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Check out my Big Fish/Mammal Head curry recipe.
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Old 03-19-2011, 02:50 PM   #19
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A number of years ago, when I lived in Hawaii, there was a "scandal" about shark being cut into circles (think cookie or biscuit cutter) and sold as scallops, especially in restaurants. So I'd guess I'd go with recipes for scallops.

I've had shark before several times and didn't find it ammonia-y. But I think someone told me (remember, decade+ ago, it isn't exactly a Midwest specialty!) that I probably was getting shark fin, which is better than the rest of the body. I usually like my fish very mild, so I'd have noticed.
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Old 03-19-2011, 03:03 PM   #20
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I believe that sharks urinate through their flesh and skin. When they die, the urea converts back to ammonia. Soaking in milk is something I've heard draws out the urea/ammonia. Probably will help with the moisture issue as well.

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PS - Now you'll probably be throwing it out.
Do a little research on sharks and you will find that the livers of a very few, specialized sharks (those that can live in fresh water) store urea, and when they dire, bacteriological action tuns that urea into ammonia. The same is true, to a lesser extent, of all sharks, skates, and rays. If cooked fresh, there is no ammonia or urea present in the flesh. This family of boneless fish has to be prepared fresh.

The fins of skates and rays were also cut into rounds and falsely sold as scallops, as the flavor is similar.

I don't eat sharks, skates, and rays as they are hurting in numbers in the world's oceans. Besides, I can't catch them in the Great Lakes anyhow. This is the same reason I avoid cod, and will purchase lesser grade fish like pollok. We have to share some responsibility for the world we live in.

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