My Favorite Whale Recipes 

How to cook a whale

I have received a request from someone who wants to know how to cook whale. The recipes are presented here for the curiosity value, as whale is only available in a few countries. I haven't tasted whale since I was in my teens, and I don't expect many of my readers will ever get the chance to try it. The recipes are therefore untested by me. Beef or a good, tender piece of horse-steak can be substituted for whale, in which case you can leave out the beating.

Recipe nr 1:
3/4 to 1 kilo whale meat (or beef/horse)
50 g butter, tallow or lard
2-3 onions
Salt and pepper
Laurel leaf (optional)
600-700 ml water
Sauce colouring (caramel)
50 g flour
200 ml milk

Clean the meat: some say it's enough to slice off about a centimetre off each side of the piece, others recommend soaking in milk overnight. This is only to ensure there will be no oily taste to the meat, but if it has been properly handled in the first place, it will not taste oily. Cut into steaks and beat with a meat mallet.
Slice the onions. Heat the cooking fat in a frying pan, brown the meat on all sides and put in a cooking pot, sprinkle with salt and pepper. Brown the onions in a frying pan and add half to the pot with the meat, along with the laurel leaf, if using. Set half the onions aside. Pour water into the frying pan and deglaze. Pour over the meat and cook for 15 to 30 minutes or until the meat is tender. Arrange the steaks on a serving dish and arrange the browned onions that were set aside on top.
Make a paste with the milk and flour and use it to thicken the cooking liquid left in the pot. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Serve with cooked potatoes and vegetables arranged around the meat and sprinkle parsley or cress over the dish. Serve gravy on the side.

Bake Whale ...>!!

and two more recipes .... here


 What you need before beginning, a Blue whale ice cold and fortifying.

1 part vodka
1 part Blue Curacao liqueur
1 part orange juice
1 part pineapple juice
1 part sweet and sour mix
  Pour ingredients over ice and mix in a shaker. Strain into a tall glass, and serve.

Remember when wokking whale ...start with a large wok!

Norwegian Whale Meat Recipes  Whale Steak for four hearty eaters .... from Norway!

Joint of Whale Meat Steeped in Red Wine Marinade

More Great Whale Recipes

Whale Stew

Baked Whale .... Native Alaskan




  1. 1 Combine the oil, vinegar, peppercorns, salt, garlic and onion.
  2. 2 Cut the whale into cubes or slices.
  3. 3 Marinate in the marinade for 2-3 hours.
  4. 4 Cover and place in a 300 deg F oven for 1 hour.


Whale Stew

     1 (105 ton) Whale
     1896 lbs Onions
     7326 lbs Potatoes
     1908 gallons Tomato Sauce
     2276 lbs Carrots
     927 lbs Celery
     104 lbs Salt
     76 lbs Black Pepper
     52 gallons Tabasco Sauce
Place whale in pot with tomato sauce. Cook at 300 degrees  for 4 hours. Add onions, potatoes, carrots, celery, salt, pepper and Tabasco sauce. Simmer 36 hours. Serves 347,161 people.

Where you can thank the cook!

And another smaller recipe for delicious whale.... Link

Whale steak with herbs  ........... 

Ingredients (for 4 persons)

ca. 600 g whale beef in thin slices
1 1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
8-10 soup spoons finely chopped herbs (various)
butter (for the frying)
caviar (for decoration)
fried potatoes
green salad, small tomatoes

How to prepare

1) Mix pepper, salt and herbs and marinate the slices of meat in this mix just before frying

2) Fry the slices in butter in the pan; approximately 1 minute on each side

Decorate with caviar, serve with fried potatoes and salad.

(Source & picture: Urtehval)

Whale Pie  .... from Slow Cooking ...

20 oz Whale meat
One bay leaf
1 Stalk celery
6 Peppercorns
1 tb Salt
1/2 c Butter
1/2 c Flour
1 c Light cream
1/8 ts Pepper
1/4 ts Salt
One 1 pound can pearl onions
1 4 ounce can sliced mushrooms
1 pk Frozen peas
2 cn Pimentos, sliced 1
Box pastry mix

Cut the whale meat up, and place in a large kettle and cover with water (or use slow cooker). Add bay leaf, celery, peppercorns and 1 tablespoon salt. Bring to boil, cover and cook over low heat for 2 hours or until the meat is tender.

Melt the butter in a saucepan, add flour and stir until blended. Add light cream, pepper and salt. Cook stirring, until thickened.

Arrange whale meat pieces, onions, mushrooms, peas and pimentos in 2 quart casserole. Add sauce to within 1 inch of top.

Prepare the pastry mix. Cut pastry circle 1/2 inch larger than casserole and place over the whale-mixture, turning edge of pastry under and pressing to casserole with fork or spoon.

Bake in preheated 450 degree oven 15 min. or until crust is golden brown.

Serves 4 to 6 .

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