After Sharknado, are you ready for shark meat?

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With the buzz surrounding the SyFy network's film Sharknado, will you be tempted to taste some shark meat for dinner anytime soon?

Shark meat anyone?

Maybe it's too soon to ask since the film Sharknado only screened last evening and it focused on sharks attacking human meat.

Nonetheless, shark meat is still on the menu at places around the U.S. While you might think it is illegal to serve, like shark fin soup in California, Hawaii and New York, shark meat is not.

Buying shark meat from a reputable source is key. Why?

According to Taste For Adventure, sharks urinate through their skin making cleaning their meat of utmost importance.

Conservation of the species is also important and there are government entities as well as private non-profit organizations to help in that effort. One of them is the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC).

It works with businesses and issues a blue label to resellers who buy from fisheries that assure sustainability of the shark population.

What does shark meat taste like and how do connoisseurs like it prepared?

Grilling, either outdoors on the BBQ or indoors in a skillet seems to be a popular choice, but there are fabulous recipes made on the stove top or baked in your oven.

Grilled Shark To Die For care of Yummly and Food.com

3/8 cup soy sauce (1/2 cup could be very salty for some)
6 steaks (shark, or 6 swordfish steaks or 6 salmon steaks)
14 cup catsup
12 cup orange juice
2 tbsps lemon juice
14 cup fresh parsley (Chopped)
2 garlic cloves (minced)
13 tbsp pepper (Ground)

Combine soy sauce, orange juice, catsup, chopped parsley, lemon juice, pepper, and minced garlic. Add fish; cover and marinate in refrigerator for 2 hours.
Remove fish from marinade, reserving marinade. Grill fish over hot coals 6 minutes on each side or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork, basting frequently with marinade.

Shark Steaks in Wine and Garlic Sauce care of Fishing-NC.com

2 large shark steaks
1 cup cold water
1 cup white wine
pinch of salt and white pepper
1 TBSP butter
1 TBSP cornstarch
1/2 cup parsley, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced

Poach shark in cold water and wine, with salt and pepper. When fully cooked, remove fish from pan. Add butter to liquid. When butter has melted, add cornstarch dissolved in a little cold water.
Cook until sauce becomes translucent, then add parsley and garlic. Pour sauce over shark and serve.

Seven Spiced Shark Steaks care of All Recipes.com

3 (8 ounce) shark steaks
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons onion powder
2 tablespoons garlic salt
2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme
2 tablespoons ground black pepper
2 tablespoons chili powder

Rinse the shark steaks and trim off any skin. Mix together the soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, onion powder, garlic salt, thyme, black pepper, and chili powder in a small bowl to form a paste.

Spread a thin layer of the soy sauce mixture on both sides of each shark steak. Place on a plate and cover. Allow to marinate in the refrigerator at least 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).

Arrange the shark on a baking sheet. Bake the shark in the preheated oven until cooked completely through, about 40 minutes, turning the steaks over once, about half-way through the cooking time.

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