Monkfish Recipe With Lemon & Garlic – How to Cook Monkfish Fillets

Monkfish Recipe is not a strange food recipe, but not all can cook it in a yummy way. Today, I will answer related questions on how to cook monkfish to you. Are you ready to be a good chef? Let’s go!

1. FAQs When Cooking Monkfish

What is Monkfish?

Monkfish are a species of shark that are also known as sand devils & angel sharks. This scary-looking fish dwells at the bottom of shallow waters or on sandy/muddy shores. 

They are mostly harvested in North Atlantic. Their tail is the yummy edible part. In some parts of the world, other than America, the liver and cheeks of monkfish are also sold by fishermen.   

What does monkfish taste like?

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 the lobster. That said, monkfish fillets taste quite appetizing and are often relished as pan-seared, fried, pan-roasted, or poached delicacies.  

What to look for when buying monkfish (fillets)?

The tail of the monkfish is the only edible part of the fish. They are available in the market as a fresh whole fish, skinned tail fillet (fresh/frozen), and de-skinned tail fillets (fresh/frozen). To ensure that you get the freshest monkfish fillet, take note of the following tips when buying:

  • The boneless fillet should be firm to touch.
  • The raw lean tail flesh is fresh if its color is within off-whitish to pale grayish!
  • If the edges of the tail flesh have discoloration, do not buy that fish as it has started to rot.

2. 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

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)

How long to cook monkfish

It takes 12-15 minutes to pan-fry monkfish fillet.

Instructions – How To Pan-Fry Monkfish

Step 1: First, set the oven for preheating at 428°F.

Step 2: To Prep the Fish Fillet

  • Place the monkfish fillet on a dish or chopping board.
  • Pat dry the fillet using a kitchen towel.
  • Sprinkle salt, pepper & garlic powder on both sides of the fillet. Press/rub lightly so that the seasoning sticks to the flesh.

Step 3: Fry the seasoned Monkfish Fillet:

  • 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 lies on the thickness of the fillet).

Step 4: To Prepare the Lemony Herb Sauce:

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

Monkfish Recipe

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.  


  • This above recipe includes the ingredients to prepare a single monkfish fillet. If you wish to prepare 2 fillets, then double the quantity of the ingredients. Pan-frying & roasting time will remain the same.
  • You’ll know that the fillet is perfectly roasted when it turns opaque & flaky.  
  • In case you don’t have an oven-proof frying pan at hand- Fry the fillet in a regular pan and then roast it in a lightly greased baking tray. 

If you still don’t feel confident to make this Monkfish Recipe with Lemon & Garlic you can read our article again to prepare for your dinner. Good luck to you! 

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