Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Blackened Shark Steaks... common be adventurous

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I know right?  Doesn't that look good?  It was so very, very meaty and moist and just bursting with blackened spice flavor!! 

How is everyone fairing with the "Drought of 2012"?  Everyone okay? Are you hydrating?  Very important you know!!  Keeping cool, just using the necessary water for gardens only... sadly neglecting our beautiful lawns?  I've been working on the road, LOVING IT!!  Back to my direct patient care and couldn't be happier... however, I am melting, literally!!  You think I would lose some weight? Really?  Ugh!!
Okay, back to the recipe!!

I was a little leery of trying shark to be honest with you.  But, I said to myself, "self, try it, what's the worse that could happen, you can decide you don't like it right"?  So I tried the sample at my local store, as did hubby.  We were both pleasantly surprised!!  It tastes like, are you ready??  Pork chops!!  So good and meaty!!  You cook it well like a pork chop too!

Now, to trick the kids... "hmmmmm, what to do, what to do"?  Okay, "relax" I said to myself, "just tell them it's blackened", and omit the shark!
It worked!!  They absolutely loved it.  Marina couldn't eat much because she just had her spacers removed and her dental bands put on so her mouth was sore needless to say, but she did have a few bites and really liked it.  Diana, ate her portion and said it was very good, just a smidgen too spicy for her.  Note to self: lay back on the red pepper girl!!
I seriously could not believe the taste of these shark steaks, you could of knocked me down with a feather!  Who would of thought that they would be meaty as a piece of pork, moist with just a smidgen of "fish" flavor, so very, very subtle...

Even your non-fish lovers will be able to eat this with gusto, I promise you!!

Ready for the recipe?  Here we go!!

1 - 1-1/2lbs shark steaks

4 Tbsp unsalted butter (1/4 cup)
2 Tbsp olive oil
Spice ingredients:
1-1/2 tsp granulated garlic
1-1/2 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp paprika
3/4 tsp red pepper flakes 
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp adobo
1 tsp dried mustard
*Note: you can add 1 tsp black pepper if you like it spicy*


Rinse and pat dry your shark steaks.

Melt your 2 tbsp of unsalted butter in a small bowl, set aside.  Using a large saute pan, add the remaining 2 tbsp of unsalted butter and 2 tbsp of olive oil.  Heat on medium high heat till pan is very hot.  
Cut your shark steaks into 4 pieces.  Brush with your 2 tbsp of unsalted butter (you need some for the other side, don't use it all), and then sprinkle with seasonings.  Pat seasonings down and flip the steaks over and repeat on the flip side.

The pan should be hot now.  Add your steaks, sear for about 1-2 minutes and then flip the steaks over so they can sear on the other side.  Lower heat and simmer for approximately 10 minutes.  The steaks should release some juices so they actually simmer.  If they don't, no worries, add a little bit more butter.  The shark steaks should not be "red", you want them thoroughly cooked.  When steaks are done, cover and let rest for a few minutes.  Serve and get ready for amazing compliments!!
I am going to try these as kebabs, I can so taste them with teriyaki, pineapple and maybe an apricot??  Oh man... 

I served these amazing steaks over garlic roasted wilted spinach and oven roasted potato fries.  Just what the cardiologist ordered, yes?

Look at my spinach if I don't say so myself... it's like the best!!  Bonus today, 2 recipes for the price of one!! ;-)

1 pkg spinach (6-7oz), or 2 bunches fresh spinach
2 tbsp olive oil
1 large garlic clove
Literally a pinch of salt

In a large saute pan, add your olive oil, bring to medium high heat, add garlic clove.  Let clove brown lightly on one side, flip over, let clove lightly brown on the other side. Remove garlic clove from pan.  Add your fresh spinach.  Using tongs, start tossing the spinach, sprinkle with your salt, continue tossing.  The spinach will reduce by 3/4 of its original size.  Remove onto platter of choice and enjoy!!

So, I leave you with a promise and a dare!  
Promise: I will not share any recipe that I have not personally tried and tested. My family is "really fussy/gourmet" eaters, trust me!!  If they don't like it, it will never make it on the blog!!

Dare:  Try, taste, explore and share!  You will never know what you will like, or the amazing culinary delights awaiting you, if you won't at least attempt to try it.  I  dare you to try at least one new meat/veggie/dairy/herb a week... try it, love it, embrace it, and come back and tell me all about it!!

Till next time!!

Dishin with Didi

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