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have you ever made monkfish taste exactly like lobster?

blackbookali Jan 2, 2012 10:30 PM

I found a recipe for a chipotle orange vinaigrette for lobster and I thought about subbing in monkfish. I know everyone calls monkfish the "poor mans lobster" but have you ever prepared it where it truly could fool someone into thinking what they were eating was lobster?

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  1. linguafood RE: blackbookali Jan 2, 2012 10:34 PM

    I think it's more of a textural / shape thing with the monkfish/lobster comparison. It's as meaty, but not as sweet.

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    1. re: linguafood
      ChiliDude RE: linguafood Jan 3, 2012 03:34 AM

      We have not had monkfish for a long time. The only way to have it come near to tasting like lobster is to serve it with drawn butter, and even that is a stretch.

      1. re: ChiliDude
        katecm RE: ChiliDude Jan 3, 2012 11:12 AM

        That being said, it is still a nice seafood and a lot less expensive, and the sauce sounds nice, so doesn't hurt to give it a try anyway.

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          hotoynoodle RE: katecm Jan 3, 2012 11:46 AM

          i can get lobster for $5.99 pp. i can't get monkfish for even close to that. once the lobster is broken up it also looks nothing like "fish".

      2. re: linguafood
        greygarious RE: linguafood Jan 3, 2012 11:58 AM

        I concur, the similarity is textural. I'd never eaten monkfish before I heard that claim, so I eagerly bought some, and was sorely disappointed. Now, I appreciate it for what it is, a mild, firm-fleshed fish. But nobody with functioning taste buds would ever mistake it for lobster.

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        cheesemaestro RE: blackbookali Jan 3, 2012 12:52 PM

        I've never tasted anything "mock" that tastes exactly like the food it was supposed to imitate. Soy-based products don't make me think I'm eating meat, despite claims to the contrary. Surimi doesn't taste all that much like crabmeat to me. I grew up in New England enjoying lobster. I doubt that any way to prepare monkfish could fool me into believing it is lobster.

        1. EricMM RE: blackbookali Jan 3, 2012 01:46 PM

          The only thing that monkfish has in common with lobster is the density of the flesh, and possibly the shape of the fillet is reminiscent of a raw shelled lobster tail. While monkfish is useful in a stew, or any dish that would cause an ordinary fish to fall apart, it has very little flavor in itself. Doesn't even taste like most fish, let alone lobster. That makes it very useful, especially for people who don't really like fish, but for a good flavor, there are far better fish out there. For a flavor comparison, tilefish can sometimes approach lobster..probably because they feed on it. I once tasted a very large striped bass that faintly resembled lobster in taste, Again, I'm sure because it fed on them.

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