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Native American Recipes Whale

Updated on October 6, 2011

Native American Recipes Beluga and Narwhale

I know this may be a touchy subject with some people, but whale skin (maktaaq or muktuk) has been a favorite food for the Inuit (Eskimo's) for many thousands of years.

As in the past the Inuit only harvest enough whale (mostly beluga) to feed the community. No part of the animal is wasted! As well the Canadian Government has set quotas to ensure there will be no decline in the number of whales.

The aging of blubber, skin and meat is a traditional practice of the Inuit to develop a desirable flavor of the whale for eating.

Whale meat is an excellent source of protein and iron. The blubber is rich in omega 3 fatty acids.

What is so great about Whale meat?

> Dried whale meat is a great snack for traveling on the land.

> Whale meat is an excellent source of protein which we need to build and repair our muscles, skin and blood.

> Whale meat is also rich in iron. Iron helps us make healthy blood and prevents sickness

> Oil from whale blubber can be used for fueling lamps!

> Whale skin, meat and blubber are tasty whether they are raw, aged, dried, cooked or boiled in soups and stews!

Edible parts of the Whale - Did you know certain parts of the Whale are eaten at different times of the year?

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 2 hours
Ready in: 2 hours 15 min
Yields: 4


  • 1 Pound of Whale Meat
  • 3 Potatoes
  • 1 Onion
  • 3 Carrots
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Pepper


  1. 1. Peel, wash and cut vegetables;
  2. 2. Place all ingredients in a roasting pan, cover with water;
  3. 3. Place in preheated oven at 350F (180C) for 2 hours;
  4. 4. Serve and enjoy!
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Inuk woman using a traditional whale oil lamp

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 35 min
Ready in: 45 min
Yields: 4

Boiled Whale Skin

  • 1 Pound Whale Skin (Muktuk)
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Salt


  1. 1. Cut each peace of Whale Skin into 25 pieces;
  2. 2. Fill large pot with water, add Salt and Whale Skin pieces;
  3. 3. Boil for 35 minutes;
  4. 4. Serve and enjoy!

How oil is made from Whale fat - Whale oil is used cooking and lanterns by the Inuit

This process has been used for thousands of years by the Inuit and is a tradition that had been passed down through the generations.

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      6 years ago

      I'm vegetarian, but I really appreciate how they use every part of the whale. Much better than hunting for sport or leisure!

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      E L Seaton 

      7 years ago from Virginia

      Very interesting. Didn't know very much about the Inuit ways and this helps.

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      Malu Couttolenc 

      8 years ago

      Very interesting page. Native Americans have been eating whale for amany years and don't kill them for commercial purposes.

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      8 years ago from Surrey, United Kingdom

      Interesting to learn more about the Inuit culture and that they limit the number of hunted whales.


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