How to cook monkfish cheeks

How to cook monkfish cheeks

How to cook monkfish cheeks

You may have heard of monkfish tails or fillets, but monkfish cheeks? Perhaps not. But despite being an often overlooked cut, they are a true delicacy - a firm, boneless piece of meat with a subtle, sweet flavour and nuggety texture similar to that of a scallop

What to look for when buying monkfish cheeks

The cheeks are often discarded with the monkfish frame, so are not found in many supermarkets or even fishmongers. For this reason, they may have to be ordered in advance. Monkfish cheeks weigh around 50g each and should be a creamy white colour with a moist shine.

how to cook monkfish cheeks

Typically, monkfish cheeks are pan-fried in butter but they are versatile - so don't be afraid to try other cooking techniques. The pairing of bacon and monkfish works well, so try wrapping a thin layer around the cheek before cooking - this will not only enhance the flavour but add moisture to the flesh.

Josh Eggleton crumbs the monkfish cheeks in a simple breadcrumb coating in his recipe, but a tempura batterwill work equally well to make a delicious Monkfish scampi.

Before cooking the cheeks, remember to remove the thin outer membrane. If the membrane is left on the cheek whilst it is cooked, it will contract under the high heat and cause the meat to be tough.