If you’ve never cooked up those little sharks one catches in bays and the surf, you’re missing a big treat. Some call them sand sharks but they’re really called smooth dogfish sharks (Mustelus canis). At least this is what is caught along the North American Atlantic seaboard from Main to Florida.
Note that the dogfish does not have those sharp pointed teeth which cut and tear at their prey. They crush and grind instead. The dogfish is relatively harmless and timid. They come in various shades of grey and have white underbellies.
The purpose of this page isn’t to tell you about sharks, but rather to tell you how to deal with them once caught if you intend to turn them into tasty morsels.The primary thing to realize is that shark urinate through their skin. This also applies to related species such as stingray and skate.
They say that smaller and younger shark and related species usually don’t have an off taste, but I prefer to treat them all the same. The off taste is that of ammonia. As soon as a shark or related species dies, the ammonia flavor and odor begin to permeate. The urea-like compounds in shark blood will immediately start to break down into ammonia.
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