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General Information about monkfish plus monkfish recipes

Monkfish belong to the family Lophiidae, species of which can be found in the Atlantic Ocean, Mediteranean Sea and other North European waters. Sometimes called anglerfish, its body is composed mainly of a huge mouth  attached to a muscular tail. Quite a large fish, it can grow to over  5 ft although specimens of 3 ft are more common. 


Classed as a "white" fish, the only edible portions of the monkfish is the tail which has a dense firm texture and sweet flavour, both of which are often compared to that of lobster.


Suitable substitutes for monkfish:  Any meaty fish such as swordfish and halibut.

Serving allowances for monkfish:   Allow 100g-175g/4-6oz of monkfish per person



Monkfish Recipes


Gingered Monkfish in Soy sauce    HT  Chinese  MC   15mins

Spicy Garlic Fish Fry    HT   MC   Pakistani   20mins plus marinating     September 2002

Skewered Monkfish with Pancetta    BBQ  HT  MC  20mins

Thai Red Fish Curry 20mins      July 2003

Balti Fish with Capsicums    HT  Indian  MC  25mins

Barbecued Monkfish kebabs with Fennel    HT  BBQ  25mins

Fish Kebabs   HT    MC    25mins

Fish Tacos     HT   MC   Mexican   25mins    December 2002

Masala Fish   HT   Indian   MC   25mins plus marinating

Ambot Tik       HT  MC  Goan  30mins    July 2003


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Fish with Noodles   HT  MC Vietnam  30mins plus marinating   March 2003

Fritto Misto di Mare     HT   MC  Italian   30mins

Indonesian Fish Cakes   HT  MC  Indonesian    30mins plus marinating      July 2003

Malay Grilled Fish   HT  MC  Malaysian  30mins plus marinating        April  2005

Martinique Blaff    HT  MC  West Indian  30mins plus marinating    May  2002

Monkfish Ragout    HT  MC   30mins

Citrus Stuffed Monkfish    HT  MC  BBQ  35mins plus marinating

Monkfish Brochettes   HT   MC   35mins

Pla Jian  (Fried Fish)     HT   MC   Thai   35mins   April 2002


Main equipment required to prepare fresh fish


Large and small sharp knives

Chopping board

De-scaler (optional)


Related Recipes and Information

Cuts of fish

General Fish Prep & Cooking Times

Information about individual types of fish

Fish/Seafood  Main Course Recipes

Fish and Seafood Starter Recipes


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