Delicious and frightening is what comes to my mind when I think of monkfish. Having never seen one whole before I realized that it looks like one of the fish in the movie “Finding Nemo”. Equally as scary and the monkfish was obviously the inspiration for this caricature.
I just hope I never cross one while fishing. He’ll probably recognize me as the one who ate his Aunt Myrtle! My monkfish for one last night was more tasty than terrifying. It’s a hearty, meaty white fish that tastes similar to lobster (known as “the poor man’s lobster”). Try this recipe – it’s a winner!
1 monkfish fillet
1/4 white wine (I used chardonnay)
Extra virgin olive oil
2 medium garlic cloves (chopped)
small handful of parsley (Italian flat leaf – roughly chopped)
salt & pepper to taste
1 lemon wedge
2-3 heaping handfuls of chopped kale
Cover bottom of a frying pan with extra virgin olive oil. Add garlic, wine and seasoned monkfish. Cover and cook over medium heat. Turn the fillet over to get a nice outer crisp. Add parsley at the end for flavor.
Place kale in a large microwavable bowl and add some water. Cook for 5 minutes. Add salt & pepper to taste.
Place kale on your plate, lay the monkfish over it, squeeze the lemon wedge over everything. Enjoy as is or add steamed little neck clams and pour some of the white wine broth over the dish (see my other blog entry for the clam recipe: “The Seafood Diet – See Food & Eat It”).
It’s good to be a poor man!