An ugly fish with inner beauty, versatile monkfish is a fine-dining favourite, with firm, meaty, bone-free, white flesh that comes from the tail section of the fish. It’s low in fat, with a luxurious, sweet flavour that’s quite similar to langoustine or lobster, and thanks to its dense nature also works particularly well in stews and fish curries.
Much of the weight of a monkfish is its head, so we only sell prime, skinned, fillets, cut into individual 150g, 200g or 250g portions.
Monkfish is present in the waters around Weymouth, but not in any great numbers. So although we land some local fish, the great majority is sourced by our expert fish buyers direct from the floor of either Brixham or Peterhead market, depending on quality and availability.
Seasonality: April – December.
Nutritional information per 100g:
Rich in vitamin B12, vitamin B6, selenium and phosphorous
ALLERGENS: Contains fish
Monkfish can be grilled, baked, pan-fried or poached. The flesh is robust, and its subtle taste is the perfect partner for relatively strong flavours, including paprika and curries. The sweet, meaty lightness of the fish goes particularly well with pork, benefiting from the meat’s natural saltiness. Monkfish has a thin, purple membrane underneath the skin that needs to be removed before cooking, otherwise it will shrink, constricting the fish and misshaping it.
Monkfish is great seared, then roasted in the oven, like meat, wrapped in Parma ham.
Best eaten immediately.
Store in the fridge between 0ºC-5ºC, and eat within 2-3 days.
If you don’t plan to eat within 3 days, then freeze on day of delivery and eat within 3 months. Defrost in the fridge overnight. Do not refreeze.
Locally caught, sustainable seafood
We're Weymouth's harbourside fishmonger, based in the historic Old Fish Market, with counters full of the freshest Dorset seafood and shellfish, landed daily on the quayside right outside the shop. We're a community business with strong ties to the local fleet, proud of our produce and its provenance, always ready to answer your questions or offer some expert advice.