Dogfish: Smooth, Sharpnose, Spiny

Dogfish aka Cape Shark
RECENT CATCH INFO: Fish landed @ Wanchese, NC
Catch method: Drop Net

credit: Triangle Localista


Our friends up north have begun to utilize dogfish as a substitute for overfished cod, and in our own backyard, Ricky Moore, Chef/owner of Saltbox in Durham, calls smooth dogfish “righteously delicious!”.

This shark (yes, SHARK) has flat, blunt teeth that are perfect for chomping down on tricky prey – lobsters and crab are among its favorites. A scavenger’s diet of shellfish, mollusks and a host of smaller sea creatures contribute to the slight sweetness of dogfish. The skinless fillets are boneless with a firm white flesh.

Dogfish is fantastic grilled, broiled, roasted or baked. Check out these recipes for inspiration:

STAFF POST: Getting Gourmet with Dogfish

Goan Fish Curry Dogfish pictured above

Article & recipe: Industry Turns Hopes towards Dogfish + Dogfish “Tuna Melts”

Dogfish Shark with Tomato and Citrus (sub smooth dogfish for spiny in this recipe)

Dogfish Steaks wrapped in bacon

Video on how to cook dogfish

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