The Best Monkfish Recipes
Have you tried monkfish? If not, you've been missing out on a delicious and versatile fish. Let's fix that! Monkfish is a firm white fish with a delicate, sweet flavor. In fact, in some recipes, monkfish even stands in for lobster! (See a couple below.) Here are some favorite recipes for how to cook monkfish.
Thai Monkfish Curry
"A fantastic curry," says Chicken. "The flavors were intense but not overpowering. The fish stayed chunky in the sauce and it had just the right amount of spice."
Seared Monkfish with Balsamic and Sun-Dried Tomatoes
"Served with a balsamic, garlic, and sun-dried tomato topping, this recipe comes together in a snap," says France C. "I was recently introduced to monkfish (sold as 'monkfish tail' in fish markets) and it has become a new favorite of mine. It's often called 'poor man's lobster' because its firm flesh and delicate, slightly sweet flavor are similar to lobster."
Fabienne's Leeks and Monkfish
Monkfish's delicate flavor is complemented here by the combination of leeks and some well chosen spices. "The amount of curry could be modified to your own taste," says Fabienne Riesen. "Serve over rice, with mashed potatoes, or with fingerling potatoes."
"This is a wonderful and inexpensive dish that may be served in place of the much more expensive lobster tail," says Karena. KIMRRU gives it 5 stars: "I LOVED this recipe. Perfect for when you want a good meal after a tragic day at work. It's quick it's yummy and will put you in better spirits."
Another great recipe for monkfish, featuring garlic, tomatoes, mushrooms, and white wine. ""Beyond delicious," raves mommy. "If you are having monkfish for the first time, this is the recipe to try! The fish cooked to perfection. A quick and easy meal the whole family raved about. Also a great presentation. I would make it for company."
This traditional Brazilian seafood stew features a coconut milk and fish broth base and is served over rice or farofa (cooked manioc meal). "This is a really easy to follow version of the Brazilian stew," says jrisco. "I highly recommend using the dende (palm) oil, it gives the stew a wonderful flavor you won't have with another oil. It is that flavor that makes this stew something different from any other seafood stew. I serve it with coconut milk rice and cilantro....very tasty!"
Fabienne's "Tomcaron" Monkfish
"The tomatoes, carrots, apple, and onion marry with the monkfish, ginger, turmeric, cumin, basil, and cinnamon to deliver a well-balanced and delicate culinary experience," says Fabienne Riesen. "Serve over rice, with mashed potatoes, or with fingerling potatoes. Your guests will be asking for more!"
Poorman's Lobster Newburg
"This is a superb entree that won't break the bank and is so easy to prepare," says Malcolm Reding. "I usually use monkfish, which has a lobster-like flavor. It takes about 30 minutes from start to finish. Serve with your favorite white wine, rice pilaf, and roasted asparagus. Your guests will love it."