27 Best Monkfish Recipes

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These straightforward but delightful recipes for monkfish, bringing crispy, tasty and exceptionally fresh dishes, provide an excellent way to enhance your seafood cooking abilities.

Because what’s better than a perfectly cooked monkfish?

A delicious and healthy way to incorporate it into your meals!

This ocean fish is similar in appearance to a cod, but with a little more muscle.

It’s sweet and mild, making it perfect for all kinds of recipes.

And from fried fillet to satay, there are tons of ways to enjoy this affordable seafood.

So read on, find your favorite style of monkfish with this list of mouthwatering recipes, and get cooking!

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1. Monkfish Recipe – Catalan Monkfish With Roasted Garlic Sauce

It’s hard to beat the authentic aromas of this monkfish recipe.

 It smells divine, and it tastes even better.

The monkfish is first poached in a flavorful broth infused with lemon and garlic for maximum flavor.

Then it’s roasted until the meat is fork-tender and crispy on the outside.

Serve it with lemon wedges, parsley, and a simple roasted garlic sauce for an elegant meal.

2. Monkfish In Tomato-Garlic Sauce

This recipe is the perfect way to use up any leftovers from last night’s dinner.

You can easily transform this dish into a winter classic with your own creative twist.

Just mix up some of your favorite veggies, season it with olive oil and garlic, and let it cook until tender.

There are no rules as to what you can add to this dish – just enjoy!

3. “Poor Man’s Lobster” – Monkfish with Herb Browned Butter

I’m not sure who came up with this dish, but whoever did was a genius.

The lobster meat is nice and tender, and you get a lot of flavor from the browned butter.

I usually serve it with creamed mash or mashed potatoes.

4. Pan Fried Monkfish With Lemon Caper Butter Sauce

This is one of my favorite recipes for frying monkfish.

 I find it so easy and super delicious.

It’s a simple, five-ingredient recipe that you can start to cook in the morning and finish at dinner.

The fish is pan-fried with lemon caper butter sauce, and this dish is as tasty as it is beautiful!

5. Grilled Or Roasted Monkfish With Black Olive Sauce And Lemon Mash

If you’re a fan of roasts and stews, you’ll love this recipe for monkfish.

It’s loaded with flavor and a bit of spice.

 Plus, it looks amazing.

 It really does look like something from a fancy restaurant.

This isn’t just about looks!

This fish is so freaking good; it will blow your taste buds away.

The black olive sauce is phenomenal, but the lemon mash is even better.

It gives the fish a fantastic tangy flavor that doesn’t overpower the other flavors in the dish.

 It all works together to create one mouthwatering dish.

6. Pesto chicken skewers

A quick bite of these grilled or roasted monkfish skewers gets you in mind-blowing harmony with pesto and chicken.

It’s an interesting combo that knocks people off their feet.

7. Tandoori chicken skewers

When you think about how simple tandoori chicken can be, surprise: it also happens to be amazing.

Don’t worry if you don’t understand what I mean right now – it takes time to get there.

The reason why this dish is so delicious? The combination of spices and yogurt in the marinade makes this juicy bird ridiculously flavorful.


8. Monkfish With Tomato, Ginger And Garlic

I love a relatively simple recipe that is still tasty and flavorful.

 Monkfish with tomato, ginger, garlic, and vinegar is exactly that.

The sauce is made with the thickest paste of coconut milk you can find.

 This is something to take note of because it’s unripened!

This dish packs in a lot of flavor – be sure you have plenty of time to make this recipe.

9. Monkfish Roasted With Herbs And Olives Recipe

I can’t get enough of monkfish.

 Maybe it’s the deep, rich flavors or maybe it’s the texture that I love.

Either way, this recipe is a must-try!

The best part of the whole thing is that they cook in olive oil and herbs before roasting in flame-roasted tomatoes.

It’s a simple dish but with so much flavor!

10. Spanish Monkfish

This dish is a traditional Irish staple, but it’s just as delicious in Spanish cuisine.

The monkfish itself is already the show-stopping ticket.

With its flaky, buttery skin and juicy meat, this fish would be at home on any restaurant’s menu.

For the best flavor, though, you will want to serve it with a side of roasted potatoes and roasted cauliflower.

11. Citrus-Glazed Monkfish Skewers

Monkfish is a tender, flaky fish that’s perfect for any Asian dish.

 This recipe gives you the ultimate flavor contrast with citrus and chile.

The best part about this dish?

It only takes 15 minutes to make!

12. Monkfish Provincial

Monkfish provincial is a seafood dish that’s super fresh and light.

 It’s buttery, tasty, and an excellent choice for any meal.

Plus, it’s an ideal way to add a little bit of color to your menu.

And thanks to the sherry vinegar, it really makes this dish pop!

It features filets of monkfish with a savory tomato sauce and loads of herbs.

Serve it with steamed rice or mashed potatoes for complete comfort food satisfaction.

13. Steamed Monkfish With Wild Garlic And Ginger

I love this recipe because it’s simple, yet full of flavor.

You can make it in just 15 minutes with minimal effort.

The monkfish is steamed to perfection, which I think gives the fish a delightful texture.

 Then, the garlic and ginger add some wonderful spice.

It’s a good thing you prep everything beforehand because you won’t need anything but a pan on the stove!

14. Mediterranian Monkfish

Mediterranian monkfish looks like a cross between a salmon and an albacore tuna.

It’s perfectly tender, juicy, and packed with flavor to boot.

This dish is simply delicious.

The combination of herbs and spices in the marinade infuse every bite of this fish with flavor.

Season it with lemon juice, salt, pepper, etc. before cooking it.

The result is a heavenly meal that will leave you feeling good about yourself.

15. Easy Monkfish Curry

The best thing about this classic monkfish curry is that it’s insanely easy to make.

There’s no need to worry about complicated ingredients.

 You just need some fresh herbs and a few basic spices.

This dish is full of flavor, with the robustness of garlic, the sweetness of lemon, and the subtle hints of coconut milk.

This recipe is so effortless that you can even make it without any seafood!

16. Tom Kerridge’s Monkfish & Coconut Curry

This recipe is a perfect way to show off your love of seafood.

And since it’s so simple, you can keep it for the weeknight meal that everyone will crave.

It’s also a great dish to serve if you’re hosting dinner parties or want to impress your date.

You can even make this with leftover chicken or tofu sliders!

17. Coriander & Chili Monkfish Cheeks Stir-Fry – My Cooking Hut

I don’t know who gets more excited about coriander and chili in this recipe: the chef or the diner.

This recipe is a fantastic way to inject some spice into your meal without having to soak your ingredients in oil.

The combination of these two spices creates one delicious dish, and it’s sure to leave everyone wanting more!

18. Monkfish Osso Buco

Creamy, rich, and wonderfully meaty, monkfish is a classic Italian dish that’s perfect for a big family dinner.

This recipe combines it with osso buco, making this dish so impressive and delicious.

The total time to make this dish is just over an hour.

 It will be ready in time for your next big meal.

19. Fabienne’s Leeks And Monkfish

This leek and monkfish recipe is an easy side dish to bring to a potluck, BBQ, or just because.

It tastes so fresh and bright.

The leeks are crisp and tender while the monkfish is flaky and succulent.

It’s a simple way to add some veggies into your meal without adding much in terms of carbs!

20. Thai Monkfish Curry

If you’ve never had monkfish before, prepare to be amazed by how good it is.

The fish cooks up wonderfully with a succulent bite that melts in your mouth.

Serve it with roasted vegetables and rice for a delicious meal.

21. Bacon-Wrapped Monkfish

This recipe for monkfish wrapped in bacon is one of the very best.

 It’s a tasty, easy meal that’ll impress even the most discerning foodie.

All you need are two ingredients: Monkfish fillets and bacon.

I love how this recipe gives you a little something extra with each bite.

It’s also inexpensive to make, so there’s no excuse not to throw it together when you have some leftover fish on hand.

22. Piquant Monkfish

This piquant monkfish recipe is reminiscent of the classic “Spaghetti Carbonara” dish.

But instead of pasta, this one uses more fish than carbs and is made with just olive oil and herbs.

The sauce is caramelized onions, apple cider vinegar, garlic, mustard powder, salt and pepper.

 It’s tart and savory with a touch of sweetness.

It’s both simple to make and full of rich flavors that will leave you wanting more.

23. Monkfish Satay

Breathe in the scent of this fish satay recipe.

 It’s soooooo good.

 And it’s ready in just 15 minutes!

This delicious Malaysian stir-fry features crispy and tender monkfish, fresh veggies, and a sweeter sauce.

It’s fantastic with rice or noodles, but I like to make it extra special by serving it with some fried shallots.


24. Monkfish With Roasted Pepper Grilled On The Big Green Egg

I’ve made this dish many times, even in the winter.

 It has a nice mild flavor that tastes great on its own or with some other fresh ingredients.

It’s also perfect for serving at a backyard cookout with friends and family.

Just make sure you have enough of whatever you like to eat alongside!

25. Spiced Monkfish

This recipe is a fantastic way to create a simple and flavorful meal.

It uses the same base of lime, white wine, garlic, and stock as the previous recipes.

However, it’s spiced with coriander and cumin for added flavor.

The result is an entree that has just enough spice to tickle your tastebuds while leaving you full.

26. Baked Monkfish With Lemon, Rosemary And Bread Crumbs

If you’re looking for a great dinner recipe that takes only 10 minutes to make, then this dish is for you.

It features tender monkfish with a scrumptious lemon and rosemary sauce.

The breadcrumbs soak up the flavors and provide extra crunch.

 Serve this dish with a side of roasted veggies or fries.

27. Monkfish And Chips With Remoulade

I know what you’re thinking: how can monkfish and chips be good?

The answer is simple.

Monkfish is already delicious on its own.

It’s firm, meaty, and flaky.

The remoulade sauce adds a wonderful savory tang that turns the fish into a treat!

This recipe is an excellent way to get more of the protein you need in your diet.

27 best monkfish recipe

27 Best Monkfish Recipes

The fish is pan-fried with lemon caper butter sauce, and this dish is as tasty as it is beautiful!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 280 kcal


  • 1 Skillet


  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • 1/4 tsp salt & white pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp whole milk or cream
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 lemon juiced
  • 1 lemon zested
  • 2 tbsp parsley finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp capers rinsed and minced
  • 1 Monkfish tail
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp salt and white pepper to taste
  • 1 bunch of fresh baby spinach


  • Break the cauliflower into florets and steam for 10 to 15 minutes, or until very soft. After cooking, add the cauliflower, butter, salt, and pepper to a Cuisineart blender and blend until extremely smooth. If necessary, add 1 tablespoon of milk or cream to soften the purée.
  • The mixture should be transferred to a saucepan and kept warm over low heat until needed. Melt butter in a small pot over medium heat for the sauce. Stir in the minced capers, parsley, and half a lemon’s juice as well as one lemon’s zest. Over low heat, cover and set aside. Cook the spinach in a big pot with a little water until it just wilts.
  • Allow the water to evaporate before adding 1 tablespoon of butter, some salt, and fresh white pepper, and allowing the spinach to heat through.
  • Monkfish should be rinsed and dried with paper towels. Cut each fillet crosswise into medallions that are 1/2 inch thick. Using a flour, paprika, salt, and pepper mixture, dredge the fish, coating all sides, and shake off the excess. The monkfish medallions should be fried and crisp for about 3 minutes on each side in a large nonstick frying pan that has been heated with the butter and olive oil over medium-high heat. Take out of the pan and set in a warm location to rest, or tent with foil until ready.
  • Spread 2 cups of cauliflower purée in the middle of each warmed dinner plate and shape it into a long mound to plate the dish. Put the monkfish medallions on top of the purée, then garnish with wilted spinach. Finish with a last flourish of sauce around the plate’s edge after adding a small drizzle of lemon caper butter sauce as a garnish. Serve right away.





Calories: 280kcalCarbohydrates: 22gProtein: 3gFat: 21gSaturated Fat: 11gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 45mgSodium: 193mgPotassium: 99mgFiber: 2gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 724IUVitamin C: 25mgCalcium: 23mgIron: 2mg
Keyword Pan Fried Monkfish with Lemon Caper Butter Sauce
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