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Marvel's Shark Bites Recipe

Marvel's Shark Bites

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"I hand-carved the shark from a pear, but a fish-shaped cookie cutter would work as well on a slice of pear or apple. The green gelatin helps hide some of the imperfections. The seaweed is dill. It is sure to please the most critical pirate or sea captain in your house!"

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  • PREP

    20 mins

    2 hrs 20 mins


  1. Pour boiling water over lime-flavored gelatin and unflavored gelatin in a bowl.
  2. Stir lime juice and lemon juice into gelatin mixture until gelatin has dissolved, 1 to 2 minutes.
  3. Pour ice water into gelatin mixture and stir until ice is melted, 2 to 3 minutes.
  4. Pour gelatin mixture into a clear glass bowl. Stretch a piece of plastic wrap over the bowl, and refrigerate gelatin until still soft but beginning to set, 10 to 15 minutes.
  5. While gelatin is setting up, carve pear into a shark shape with a small, sharp knife. Cut wide end of pear into the head, carve back and side fins, and carve the narrow end into the tail.
  6. Remove plastic wrap from bowl, and gently insert pieces of dill "seaweed" into the gelatin. Immerse the pear shark into the gelatin. Cover the bowl back up with the plastic wrap.
  7. Use a long skewer or cake tester to puncture the plastic wrap and skewer the shark vertically through the middle to help it stay in position as gelatin sets up. Refrigerate until firm, 2 to 4 hours.
  8. Carefully remove skewer from shark and remove plastic wrap before serving.
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  • Cook's note:
  • I was afraid the pear would discolor while I carved it, so kept some lemon juice handy put on it, but in the end I didn't need to. To keep the shark immersed in the gelatin, I used a cake tester held down by a bigger container. Alternatively, you can keep the shark upright by putting the toothpick through some plastic wrap over the container, so its fin protrudes from the sea. Very cool as well.

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Jul 24, 2012

I am totally doing this for Shark Week! Thanks for the great idea!

Aug 11, 2014

Five stars for adorability...three for ease...this is, without a doubt, the most challenging recipe I have ever made from this website! Gelatin has never been my strong suit, nor patience, and carving up fruit is ... Well there were some four letter words used in the making of this cute little dish. I used a loaf pan, which was the perfect size. Also, had no dill, but thyme was a great substitute, and for fun I washed some polished rocks and used them for a seaweed base. Happy Shark Week!


4 Ratings

Aug 09, 2014

Very clever and simple, except for carving-the-shark part. Thanks for sharing!


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  • Calories
  • 201 kcal
  • 10%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 46.3 g
  • 15%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 0.1 g
  • < 1%
  • Fiber
  • 1.8 g
  • 7%
  • Protein
  • 6.6 g
  • 13%
  • Sodium
  • 121 mg
  • 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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