Bake and Shark

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A bake and shark at Maracas Bay is truly an experience for both tourists and locals alike. In my list of things to do before you die I would say “Having a Bake and Shark at Maracas Bay” should be high up on the list. By the way, this one has already been crossed off more times than I could remember. And, I may have a few hundreds more crosses before I die lol!!

The taste is truly exquisite especially with all the sauces…Me, being the gree…ur!  hungry person that I am, I must have all the sauces and sides which are available.  So, on my rounds I must have my garlic sauce, chadon beni chutney, some hot pepper sauce, lettuce, cole slaw, ketchup, mango chutney, tomatoes, cucumber……somebody bring me a napkin, I’m dribbling here lol!!! :)


bake and shark

Having a bake and shark with everything at Maracas Bay


Bake and Shark and Carnival

Anyhow, bake and shark is not only limited to Maracas Bay but it also has gotten so popular that it is a staple at “all inclusive” carnival fetes and concerts. And, I don’t have to tell you all what’s going on in Trinidad and Tobago around this time. It’s CARNIVAL !!! …

And, I’ve gotten the carnival fever again which will only be over by Ash Wednesday. With all the soca music and calypso around, I can literally feel the carnival energy around me…..These days my TV is stuck on Synergy TV and when I can’t get enough I go online and watch more videos…

This year I will to be staying up on fantastic Friday to watch Soca Monarch and Groovy Soca Monarch. I’m just as curious to see who will win the one million dollars first prize for Soca Monarch. I have my favourites but let’s just wait and see. Anyhow, time to talk about the recipe (boy do I get side tracked easily!!)


So, whether you’re liming either in an all inclusive fete or on the beach Maracas Bay, to cool down after a day of jumping up in the road, bake and shark is one liming food you just can’t miss or I should say do without. A friend of mine likes bake and shark so much that she makes it a lime every Friday to go down St James to get a bake and shark for TT $18. But you all are in luck, today you won’t have to spend all that money to enjoy a good bake and shark, because you have the recipe here step by step courtesy of simply trini cooking.

This dish, to me, is another top liming food found in Trinidad and Tobago around carnival time or any other time as a matter of fact. Just like corn soup, geera pork or chicken, pholourie, doubles and pigfoot souse, bake and shark is truly a favourite of ours.

So if you’re in Trinidad and Tobago to enjoy carnival, don’t forget to try out a bake and shark while you’re enjoying yourself in a fete or on the beach. Who knows, maybe you’ve already done that and crossed it out of your list! Enjoy bake and shark. This is as Trini as it gets!

My Bake and Shark recipe





For Bake:

2 cups flour ( all purpose)
3/4 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp yeast
1/2 tbsp sugar
3/4 cup water
oil for frying

For Shark:

1 lb shark
3 tbsp green seasoning*
3 lemons (or 4 limes)
1 egg ( for egg wash )
flour ( to flour shark )
salt to taste
oil for frying

* If you don’t have green seasoning use 1 chive, 10 leaves chadon beni, 2 seasoning pepper, 1 small onion, 2 cloves garlic and 3 leaves big leaf thyme.


Squeeze about 3 lemons in some water and leave the shark to soak for about 3 hours
Afterwards wash the shark in clean water.

Season the shark with the green seasoning and salt.
Dip the seasoned shark in the egg wash.
Then in some flour.
The shark is now ready to be fried.

Deep fry the shark until golden brown and drain on paper.

Mix the ingredients for the bake and leave to rest for 30 minutes.
This is how it looks after half an hour.
Make balls about three inches in diameter.
Then flatten out to about 1/4 of an inch thick
You can vary the size according to how large or
small you want your fry bake to come out.

Fry on both sides until golden brown. Notice how it swells like float.
Drain on paper and assemble using fresh tomatoes,
lettuce and your favourite condiments.

And that’s how the cookie…Uh!! fry bake fries. ha ha!! Until then. Bye!

P.S. If you liked my bake and shark recipe please leave a comment below.



  1. says

    I am no good at kneading flour so my bakes don’t look nothing like that lol!
    I am so missing home right now.This Feb marks 17 years i have been in the US and 17 years missing Carnival.
    One of these days i will be there to jump up and wave!!

    please post some Carnival pics : )

  2. says

    Becky, I’m surprised at how long you haven’t come home. But as we say in Trini I feel your navel string bury here just like mine. One good day you’ll be able to visit. Anyhow I do plan to post some pics of carnival so keep checking.

  3. says

    I have been back 2 times within the 17 yrs, just not for Carnival.I miss Carnival and Christmas in TnT soooo much .I am coming this June 2009 for a visit with my kids and hubby,can’t wait!!

  4. says

    What a beautiful and delicious site you have here! I regret not paying more attention to what was happening in the kitchen when I was growing up. Now that I’m on my own, I’m slowly trying to teach myself to cook all of our traditional dishes. I call my mom to ask a question now and then and because nothing is written down she can’t give me specific directions. Thank goodness for you and your blog :)

  5. says

    Hi Felix
    Is the amount of water correct in the Bake recipe? The dough is way too wet using an equal amount of water as flour. Also should the water be warm if you are raising the dough with the yeast during the resting time ?

  6. says

    Hi Lynn,

    I do apologize and thank you for noticing that typo. I made the necessary adjustments. Also you don’t need to use warm water because self rising yeast was used. Hope this helps :-)

  7. says

    Hi. Is there a special type and size of shark to use? I am currently in Florida and my friends catch small to medium sized shark all the time (which they end up throwing back into the sea). I was wondering if I can just fillet those and cook it for the bake n shark.

  8. says

    My heart bleeds for the ones who do not return home.. you all are missing out…we sell shark in England and I always make it as my adult children can’t seems to make it for themselves no matter how many times I show them…. Shark N Bake for Notting Hill Carnival here we come

  9. says

    Thank you for this recipe and the others on your site. I just returned from my first trip to Trinidad and cannot wait to try preparing some of these dishes for my friends here in the states to give them a taste of Trini cuisine! I’ll let you know how it goes!

  10. Aisha says

    When frying bake (and it does not matter how high or low the flame is) the oil after a while turns black thanks to the flour. It hampers the proper frying process as items still to be fried turns very dark very fast and the inside it still the cook. What can I use in the oil to prevent this from happening? For example if I am making 10 bake, by the 5th the oil would start to turn.

    • says

      That’s easy Aisha you have to let the flour rest a while before you fry. Just leave it about a minute or two to let the flour, used when dusting, absorb into the fry bake dough. This also applies to any type of frying you’re doing. It works!

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