How to Cook Monkfish, the Most Delicious Sea Monster

They may not look nice, but they sure taste great.

Monkfish in Tomato-Garlic Sauce

Monkfish are not pretty. With their needle-sharp teeth and heads that compose most of their bodies, these toad-like fish are more than unappetizing — they're downright terrifying. But cleaned and cooked, monkfish become wonderful, with sweet flavor and firm texture that's earned them the nickname of "poor man's lobster." Here are our best recipes for monkfish, the sea's most delicious monster.

Roast Monkfish in Sake Broth

Roast Monkfish in Sake Broth

This dish combines deeply flavorful turnip and miso with delicate monkfish.

Monkfish Stew with Saffron Broth

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© Oddur Thorisson

Food blogger and author Mimi Thorisson makes this quick and easy fish stew, flavoring the luscious broth with white wine, saffron, and aromatic vegetables.

Crispy Monkfish with Capers

Crispy Monkfish with Capers
© Frances Janisch

This is chef Daniel Boulud's seafood take on Wiener schnitzel, a breaded and fried veal cutlet.

Monkfish with Chorizo Kebabs

Monkfish and Chorizo Kebabs

For unusual but delicious kebabs, thread skewers with sweet cherry tomatoes, salty chorizo, and sweet monkfish.

Sautéed Monkfish with Leeks and Shiitakes

Sautéed Monkfish with Leeks and Shiitakes
© PAUL COSTELLO

Sweet leeks pair perfectly with mild monkfish.

Monkfish in Tomato-Garlic Sauce

Monkfish in Tomato-Garlic Sauce

Roasted monkfish is served with a simple tomato-garlic sauce in this impressive meal that comes together in just 40 minutes.

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