How do stingrays taste?

 I have always put them back.



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lets put iut this way

Mon, 2013-01-14 04:37

7 men were stranded on a desert island for 2 weeks without anything to eat then one day they caught a sting ray all agreed that it should be put back

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 if you go to the right fish

Mon, 2013-01-14 06:01

 if you go to the right fish n chip shop they taste just like scallops lol

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Hahha yes , yes they do.  A

Mon, 2013-01-14 13:15

Hahha yes , yes they do.  A tell-tale sign is when you get scallops which are all identical in size and taste a little different....  they've been stamped out of stingray wings.

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yeah i believe they taste ok,

Mon, 2013-01-14 06:42

yeah i believe they taste ok, but i ve never tried them either.


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Ive had it cooked by a

Mon, 2013-01-14 07:19

Ive had it cooked by a Vietnamese friend, didnt think it was too bad a the time. Was fairly heavily marinated though

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 Flesh is sweet and tender.

Mon, 2013-01-14 07:55

 Flesh is sweet and tender. Cartilages are all parallel to another so when cooked, all u need is scrape in the direction of the cartilage and you'll separate the flesh from the soft cartilage.

ate them BBQ served on a banana leave with sambal and lime and I always crave for more. That was in Msia and Singapore.

also try them in tangy spicey sauce called assam and that was heavenly.

never try one here though.

they cook well in curry too!

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The malays are able to use

Mon, 2013-01-14 23:25

The malays are able to use the meat from fish  perceived as not nice eating with the use of ingredients like sambal, asam, curries etc to make them more palatable. You wont taste the fish but at least they can eat any fish purely as a source of protein in a often poor diet in the not so well off kampongs.

ive had ray in asam pedas and while i cant comment on the taste of the fish as all u taste is chilly, the flesh  was very white and tender. went down well.

also had sting ray cooked in the coals on the beach with locals in the kimberlies.also went down well.


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 Is it legal to take em?

Mon, 2013-01-14 08:47

 Is it legal to take em?  I've been catching quite a few.

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Not sure how they taste..... 

Mon, 2013-01-14 08:49

Not sure how they taste.....  Do they even have a tongue???? 

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 Was waiting for a comment

Mon, 2013-01-14 09:29

 Was waiting for a comment like that :p.


Ps a friend of mine i always make spanish mack and dhuie for said her mate caught one (eagle ray) and they cooked it similar to how i steam my macky and ahe said she loved it! But obvs not as nice as mine ;)

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would be pretty easy feed if they do taste ok

Mon, 2013-01-14 10:14

 Though I guess as soon as you actually wanted to catch one they would all dissapear!

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Have had eagle ray flaps many years ago

Mon, 2013-01-14 10:39

Filletted (down to the cartilege) and skinned, fried in batter on the beach at Cape Liptrap and it was good BUT I didn't catch it and would never kill one for food as in my view they are far too valuable as the vacuum cleaners of the sea but each to their own   

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 Stingray taste good in an

Mon, 2013-01-14 12:47

 Stingray taste good imo.. just depends how you cook them

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The meat is bit stringy, but

Mon, 2013-01-14 13:01

The meat is bit stringy, but it’s all right. Best in some spicy sauce. The smaller ones are probably better.

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Mon, 2013-01-14 13:31

Caught one on Saturday, and had been promising a Nepalese chef a work that next time I caught one I would give it to him to make a big curry.... Even tho he had never cooked or eating ray before.

Tastes awesome, not fishy and super tender. Even another chef ( 20 yeas exp) thought it was the most tender chicken.

More then ten people tried it and everyone was pleasantly suprised.




beached as bro! 

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Blue spotted ray

Mon, 2013-01-14 13:49

Spoke to a fellow near Exmouth a few years ago. He was walking the shallows looking to spear blue spotted rays, told me they tasted good.  I've tryed it a couple of times alway marinated and BBQ. Wouldn't target them for a feed meself as mentioned before the oceans vacum cleaners.


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 I think ill just put keep

Mon, 2013-01-14 13:50

 I think ill just put keep releasing them, maybe it can be a meal for a large shark.



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Aren't all rays now

Mon, 2013-01-14 15:09

Aren't all rays now protected?? Which includes shovelnose sharks etc...

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Skate taste good

Mon, 2013-01-14 15:14

When in Japan recently, we were taken to a Japanese rest. one night and had fried skate served up & it was beautiful & sweet. Wouldn't target them myself, but if its ever served up again wouldn't hesitate.


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I caught an eagle ray last week

Mon, 2013-01-14 16:29

 Snapped my pe 4 rod.


left a sour taste in my mouth...


Nah all good, best to do its things in the ocean I reckon.


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Shovelnose is lovely eating. 

Mon, 2013-01-14 17:00

Shovelnose is lovely eating.  I kept a 1-1.2m shovel and wouldnt hesitate to keep another one.

I would say the larger they get, the less eating quality they possess however.  


Cant comment on 'real' (flat & round) stringrays. 

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Big shovellies

Tue, 2013-01-15 06:40

When pro shark fishing, we would keep the big shovel noses for ourselves, fillet them up and send them down on the freezer truck. They were in the region of 3 + metres


Another bit that always fascinates me is the amount of people who claim that stingray is used as a substitute for scallops, just because it doesn't have the roe on it doesn't meen its not a scallop. 50% of them are male so it makes it a bit hard for them to have roe. Hundreds of so called experts say they have proof but never deliver.

Any seafood processor and fish and chip shop wouldn't take the risk of doing it because of the huge fines that are in place for that sort of thing.

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Thanks for the info

Tue, 2013-01-15 10:06

Thanks for the info Carnavonite

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 I thought scallops were

Tue, 2013-01-15 11:25

 I thought scallops were hermaphrodites.

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I thought so too

Tue, 2013-01-15 12:24

but found this on Wikipedia:

"The scallop family is unusual in that some members of the family are dioecious (males and females are separate), while other are simultaneous hermaphrodites (both sexes in the same individual) and a few are protoandrous hermaphrodites (males when young then switching to female). Red roe is that of a female, and white, that of a male. Spermatozoa and ova are released freely into the water during mating season and fertilized ova sink to the bottom. After several weeks, the immature scallop hatches and the larvae drift in the plankton until settling to the bottom again to grow, usually attaching by means of byssal threads. Some scallops, such as the Atlantic bay scallop Argopecten irradians, are short lived, while others can live 20 years or more. Age can often be inferred from annuli, the concentric rings of their shells."




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Haha Spermatozoa, sounds like

Tue, 2013-01-15 13:25

Haha Spermatozoa, sounds like a hot tennis player


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 In europe and Asia they go

Mon, 2013-01-14 18:27

 In europe and Asia they go crazy for ray


One night during the demersal closure, I had no fish, a dinner plate sized ray presented itself during crab dive, kill shot to the brain. The next day I cut the wigs off, peeled its skin away (top and bottom) and popped in the pan

It was delicious, very white flesh, tender and juicy, almost KGW like. Would shoot a bigger one next time if I have no Mack/trout as return on flesh wasnt that great. Unsure what species it was, but it was awesome!

Think of a rays diet, squid, crabs, other fish scraps, mollouscs

delicious :)


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 In europe and Asia they go

Mon, 2013-01-14 18:30

dbl post


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Eaten Eagle Rays in Curry

Tue, 2013-01-15 11:02

Eaten Eagle Rays in Curry before. Very Very nice!

But personnaly wouldnt take one to cook it up lazy for the work involved.

Have tried the Big Black Ray in Curry before. Didnt eat anymore after just tasting it. Definitly didnt seem as good as Eagle Ray Curry.

Shovelnose tails are awesome. But again havent taken now for a while, as am too lazy.  :)

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to those who say they dont eat them

Tue, 2013-01-15 14:13

Because they clean the ocean, do you feel the same way about crabs prawns or crays?

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 Next time I get a small one

Wed, 2013-01-16 21:51

 Next time I get a small one I might have to try it, I'm intrigued.


 Fisherman, constantly trying to out-smart fish.......with limited success  

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black rays are shit, browns

Thu, 2013-01-17 12:42

black rays are shit, browns and eagles are good eating, when down in albany we used to get some monsters, chuck the blacks back keep the browns, nom nom nom

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 why would you bother if your

Thu, 2013-01-17 15:58

 why would you bother if your that desperate go get some fish n chip.