Monkfish is one of the ugliest fish in the ocean, but we love its flavor and texture! Think poor man's lobster.
Monkfish looks positively prehistoric. Its huge, gaping mouth and hideous teeth are complemented by an odd-looking, dangling apparatus on its head that some say looks like a fishing pole and bait. Its tail though is "seafood gold," with a texture and density similar to that of lobster, as mentioned above.
We've seen it used in a number of ways—in "lobster" rolls, risotto, and soup, and also braised and bacon-wrapped. Seafood Watch rates it a "Good Alternative." Low mercury level.
1 lb. for $15.00
-- Bacon-Wrapped Monkfish (from BBC Good Food)
-- Monkfish "Lobster" Rolls (adapted from The New York Times)