How to Cook Monkfish: A Recipe With Garlic & Butter

Since my childhood, I like seafood a lot. When I was 5 years old, I had started to go for fishing during weekends with dad and that day mom prepared our dinner with the fish we catch. From that time I love to eat fishes. Sometimes my father used to bring some seafood from the fish market such as Shrimp, Tuna, Salmon, Lobster, Monkfish, etc. From these, monkfish is one of my most favorite seafood.

Monkfish is locally known as “American goosefish”. It is also known as “Poor Man’s Lobster” There are a total of 7 different kinds of monkfish which we can found in the North Atlantic and the Mediterranean. It tastes like goose liver pate and the lobster-like texture also has a slightly sweet taste. Its tail is the only part of the fish which can only be used.

So now I will tell you a delicious way of how to cook monkfish with garlic and butter which I always love to eat.

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Ingredients You Need For The Recipe:

  • 500g/1lb filleted monkfish tail.
  • 80g/3 oz unsalted butter at room temperature.
  • 4 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley.
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed or finely chopped.
  • Black Pepper.
  • 4 tablespoon of plain flour.
  • 1 tablespoon of grated Parmesan cheese.
  • 150g dried bread crumbs.
  • 1 egg.
  • 60ml vegetable oil.
  • Freshly ground pepper and salt.


Kitchen Tools You Need:

  • Deep fryer or frying pan.
  • A small knife.
  • Chopping board.
  • Spoon, fork.
  • Small bowls. 
  • Trays. 
  • Piping bag.
  • Kitchen paper.
  • Toothpicks.
  •  Cling Film.

That’s all the listed ingredients and kitchen tools you need to cook this meal. Now let’s see how to cook it.



How To Cook:

So let’s see the steps.

Step1: Take a bowl and pour 80g unsalted butter, finely chopped 2 garlic cloves, 4 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley, salt and black paper in it. Now mix it properly. Then spoon it into the piping bag.

Step2: Now we have to prepare the fish. Using a small sharp knife cut pocket into fish fillets. Always use the best knife for cutting fishes or meat or any other items.

Step3: Fill the fish pockets with the garlic, butter and, parsley mixture by using the piping bag. For fasten opening, we need to use toothpicks.

Step4: Now we have to prepare the breadcrumbs. Take a bowl pour 150g breadcrumbs and 1 tablespoon grated parmesan cheese and mix it well. Then engulf onto a tray.

Step5: Take another bowl, pour 4 tablespoons of plain flour, salt, black paper and mix it properly. Then engulf onto another tray

Step6: After that, take another bowl, crack an egg and beat it well.

Step7: Now take the fishes and roll them into the mixture of the flour, then roll them into the beaten egg and again roll them into the mixture of the breadcrumb.

Step8:  Then take a tray to put the fishes on it and cover it with cling film. Now put them into the fridge for 30 minutes. It will help not to leak the butter during cooking.

Step9: Now take a frying pan (I prefer nonstick skillet), put vegetable oil and heat the oil at high medium heat. Now place the fishes on the frying pan and fry the fishes 5 to 6 minutes each side. Then replace the fried fish into a kitchen paper so that the extra oil can drain out.

Step10: Lastly take out the toothpicks from the fish and serve them with salad.

So this is the way of cooking monkfish.

My suggestions for serving :

Spread a little bit of lemon juice on it and some black paper for more flavor. If you want you can also serve it with some fried shrimps and garlic sauce.

Nutrition Facts:

This meal we can serve for 4 people. Here are the nutrition facts of this meal for each serving.

In this meal, there are a total of 375 calories.

You will get a total of 22g of fat, saturated fat 12g, and trans fat 0g.

Three is no cholesterol in this food which is very good for our health and you will get 197g of sodium.

There is a total of 15g carbohydrates and 29g of protein.

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Benefits Of Eating Monkfish:

It is relatively low in mercury it has also low- fat, low-calorie sources of selenium. Besides this, it is lower in omega 3 fatty acids than other fishes.

Benefits Of Sea Food:

Seafood is very good for our health. It does not have side effects than other unhealthy foods.  Seafood is a good source of protein, vitamins, and minerals. It can also help to prevent heart attacks and stocks, can lower blood pressure and can help ward off depression. We do not get that much cholesterol by eating seafood which helps us to maintain good cholesterol.

Wrapping Up:

So here is my recipe for you guys. I hope you will try this at your home and this recipe will not make you disappointed. Let me know how is it.

Happy cooking!!!!!

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