Baked Whale

"This recipe comes from a Tongan cookbook I possess. I am in no way condoning commercial fishing of whale or even the 'scientific' fishing of whale popularised by some countries. However if for some reason you come across a dead whale that has died by more natural or unintentional is what you do with it."
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  • Combine the oil, vinegar, peppercorns, salt, garlic and onion.
  • Cut the whale into cubes or slices.
  • Marinate in the marinade for 2-3 hours.
  • Cover and place in a 300 deg F oven for 1 hour.

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  1. Thank you so much. I've always wondered what I would do if I came across a dead whale. Now I am prepared.
  2. I don't think I could eat a whale- I mean something that sings and communicates? Nah- be like eatting dolphin or a chimpanzee- just ewwe and not right. Now perhaps this would work for seal... LOL... heaven knows there's enough in the harbors of the Pacific coast. Cute!
  3. Have eaten whale as am living in Japan. can tell you it looks like a dark beef and stinks. Not so appetising but used to be a traditional japanese school lunch
  4. There are other ways to eat whale meat. When I stayed in Japan, I ate whale meat sashimi with ginger dip. Whale meat steak can be diced and braised both Chinese way and Japanese way. Seafood soy sauce can be used along with ginger and scallion. Whale meat along with dolphin meat has high nutritional value and should be consumed by the general population. Don't forget you can also eat monkey and bear meat in Japan if you find a way.
  5. This is a good way to prepare, but the amount of salt the recipe calls for is much too high, less than half of that is necessary, and it is better to cut the whale into strips rather than cube the whale because it can become tough. Ideally you want to cook the whale to about medium to medium rare, as it becomes tougher the longer you cook it. I tried recipe and split half in the oven and half on the grill. I cooked for 1/2 hour in oven at 150c (300) and it was just about well done. Cooked on grill until just browned on each side and was a perfect medium rare, about 5-8 minutes. The whale cooked on grill was much more tender than in the oven. Meat is very much like tender beef if cooked correctly. Glade spiser!


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