We were scheduled to have a guest star today, but things didn't go quite as planned, so I thought I'd share my quick and easy Monkfish lunch.
Monkfish is really ugly to look at. Sorry, but it's true.
It's known as the poor man's lobster, but I've played around and made it the poor man's scallops. It's becoming more popular and the price has certainly gone up in my grocery store, so I'm not convinced that we can call it the poor man's anything anymore. But it's still a tasty fish that, unlike many others, holds up very well and doesn't flake when it's cooked
I was wondering what I could do with it for a quick lunch, so I kept it simple and reached for garlic. The result was delicious, and amazingly fast. Note that I cooked this over low heat. If you accidentally use a medium setting, the fish will cook much faster, so time it accordingly. Swapping the oil for butter would work very well. And if you're a lemon lover, squeeze a bit on top of it in the pan!
1-2 tablespoons olive oil
1 piece Monkfish
2-3 cloves of garlic
salt to taste
Heat a skillet over medium-low temperature. Add the olive oil and minced garlic. Let the garlic infuse the oil for a couple of minutes.
Meanwhile, slice the Monkfish into round medallions about 1 1/2 inches in width. Add them to the skillet and place a lid on top. Cook about 4-5 minutes and flip the Monkfish. Cover again and cook the other side about 4-5 minutes, or until cooked through but not tough.
Remove the Monkfish to a plate, scoop out some of the garlic and place on top of the fish. Sprinkle with salt to taste.
Makes 2-3 servings.