Dried Stingray – Did You Know It’s Edible?

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Stingrays aren’t exactly the most common fish to handle, but the truth is that dried stingray – and even fresh stingray – are common cuisine that are enjoyed all around the world. Interested in learning more about stingray and how to prepare it? Let’s delve into this intriguing topic right now!

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Dried Stingray – Creepy But Actually Edible!

Is Stingray Good Eating?

Despite the presumed threat of a stingray, once dead, it isn’t only safer to handle, but also, quite tasty.

Stingrays are often hunted and eaten in other countries. In America, it’s a less common occurrence, though there are plenty of people even in the states that can attest to the delicious taste of a stingray.

Stingrays are often compared to a cross between a lobster and a fish. Stingrays are often fileted and can be cooked in a variety of ways. If you’d like to learn more about how to cook stingrays in a quick and easy fashion, be sure to stay tuned until the end of this post.

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What Part of a Stingray Is Edible?

The most common part of the stingray that is eaten are the “wings”. These are the large flaps on the side of the stingray’s body responsible for the fish’s ability to swim.

Other edible parts of the stingray include the liver and tail.

However, you should be very careful not to consume the barb on the tail. This part of the stingray is poisonous, so be sure to consume the tail with care.

Is Stingray Fish Tasty?

Stingray fish are very tasty. In some parts of the world, it is very common for people to eat stingray. These places include Malaysia and Singapore. The meat is white, flaky, delicious, and can be prepared in a variety of ways. Thus, stingray meat is easily a favorite among most people who try it.

How Does Stingray Taste Like?

Stingray tastes a lot like lobster or crab. It’s flaky, white, and delicious. It also has a mildly sweet and subtle flavor. Once you taste it, you’ll likely be pleasantly surprised. It’s also incredibly versatile and can be prepared in a number of ways.

Stay tuned to learn how!

Dried Stingray – Creepy But Actually Edible!

Is Stingray Fish Good for Health?

Fresh and dried stingray fish are both good for your health. Like many types of seafood meat and dried fish, stingray meat is high in protein and omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids are important for reducing inflammation, regulating hormones, encouraging the proper functioning of artery walls, boosting your mood, and so much more.

How Do You Cook Dried Stingrays?

Cooking dried stingray can be done in a variety of ways. Typically dried stingray is grilled then beaten and dipped in tamarind sauce. This will yield a meat dish that is both salty, chewy, tart, and a little sweet.

Of course, there are other ways you could prepare dried stingray as well. Depending on your culture and location in the world, you may see dried stingray prepared a number of ways. Check out the following video to see how dried stingray is prepared by villagers for use in a karuvadu thokku dish.

How Do You Prepare a Stingray?

As mentioned, there are a variety of ways you can prepare stingray. Grilling dried stingray before beating it and dipping it in sauce is a common way. But there are also more traditional ways of eating fresh stingray using traditional western cooking methods relevant to the U.S.

The following is a way to broil delicious stingray using minimal ingredients.

Broiled Stingray Recipe


  • Stingray fillets, about 1 to 1 ½ lbs
  • 2 oz melted butter
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • ½ tsp dried parsley
  • ⅛ tsp paprika
  • ¼ tsp ground white pepper
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes (opt)


  1. Set your broiler on medium. Mix your melted butter in with the lemon juice until well incorporated in a small bowl.
  2. Prepare a broiler pan with foil and brush with a couple of tablespoons of your lemon butter mixture.
  3. Mix the seasonings and sprinkle on both sides of your stingray fillets.
  4. Broil the fillets for about 10 minutes or until you notice that the meat flakes with a fork.
  5. Brush with a final coat of lemon butter and garnish with a bit of paprika for color.
  6. Serve with vegetables or a salad and enjoy!

Dried Stingray: From Dangerous to Delicious!

Although stingrays don’t exactly have a reputation for being edible, they sure are delicious when cooked. Stingrays can be eaten dried or fresh, and it is typically their “wings” that are most often consumed.

Remember that you can also eat stingray liver and tail, but you should exercise caution when doing so. Consuming the barb of the tail can prove deadly if you aren’t careful to remove it.

If you’re interested in more seafood before purchasing and eating, check out my posts on eating saltwater catfish, salmon skin and fins, and tobiko!

I hope this helps demystify the idea of eating both fresh and dried stingray. Enjoy! 


Is dried fish healthy?

Yes! Dried fish contains a number of health benefits including protein and omega-3 fatty acids.

Why do stingrays smell like ammonia?

Because stingrays excrete urea into their body tissues, they can often smell bad after dying. The resulting smell is much like ammonia.

What’s the difference between a skate and a stingray?

Skates do not have stingers. They also have shorter and thicker tails than stingrays do.

What is cooked stingray called?

There isn’t any specific name for a cooked stingray – at least not as far as we can tell!

What does a dried stingray look like?

Dried stingray can look much like steak that’s been left out for a bit too long. However, it tends to be a bit lighter. Sometimes, dried stingrays are manipulated as art to have faces and human-like body parts. In this case, dried sting rays look a bit like aliens! Ha!

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