Monkfish Recipe With Lemon & Garlic – Simple And Easy To Do

By | March 5, 2022

Monkfish is not a strange fish, but not everyone knows how to cook this fish. Today, we will instruct you to make Monkfish Recipe with lemon & garlic. Are you ready to be a good chef? Let’s go!

1. Monkfish Recipe With Lemon & Garlic


  • 1 skinless monkfish fillet (180 grams)
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Black pepper powder (to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder (or 2 garlic cloves crushed)
  • 2 teaspoons of extra-virgin olive oil

Ingredients For The Lemony Herb Sauce

  • Unsalted butter (20 grams)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest (grated finely)
  • 0.5 tablespoon lemon juice (freshly squeezed)
  • Parsley leaves (roughly chopped)
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Black pepper powder (to taste)

Instructions – How To Cook Monkfish in the Oven

Step 1: First, set the oven for preheating at 428°F. Next, place the monkfish fillet on a dish or chopping board. Pat dry the fillet using a kitchen towel. Then sprinkle salt, pepper & garlic powder on both sides of the fillet. Press/rub lightly so that the seasoning sticks to the flesh.

Step 2: Fry the Seasoned Monkfish

  • Place an oven-proof frying pan on the stove over medium-high heat. Drizzle the olive oil and let it heat for 2 minutes.
  • Place the seasoned fillet gently into the heated pan. Let it cook for 2 minutes until brownish. Flip gently and fry the other side for 2 minutes as well.
  • Then put the pan in the preheated oven. Let it roast for 6-8 minutes. (The roasting time depends on the thickness of the fillet). You’ll know that the fillet is perfectly roasted when it turns opaque & flaky

Step 3: Prepare the Lemony Herb Sauce

  • Place a pan on the stove over low heat, then add butter and let it melt.
  • Next, add the lemon zest, lemon juice, fresh parsley leaves, salt, & pepper. Stir for 30-60 seconds until it starts bubbling
  • Finally, remove the pan from heat.

To serve- Pour the lemony herb sauce on a serving dish. Place the roasted monkfish fillet on top of the sauce in the center of the dish. Sprinkle some fresh parsley leaves (chopped) on top if desired. 

Monkfish Recipe

The monkfish has a mild flavor with a hint of sweetness. Texture-wise, it’s quite dense & meaty. Depending on its taste & texture, many feel that it resembles lobster.

The above recipe includes the ingredients to prepare a monkfish fillet. If you wish to prepare 2 fillets, then double the quantity of the ingredients. Pan-frying & roasting time will remain the same.

If you still don’t feel confident after reading this article when making a Monkfish Recipe with Lemon & Garlic, you can reread our article to prepare for your dinner. Good luck to you! 

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