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May 23, 2012 09:12 AM

Where to Buy Monkfish in LA

I have been to various fishmongers and farmers markets, but have yet to find a place to purchage monkfish to cook at home. Any leads would be greatly appreciated.


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  1. The Galleria, a Korean supermarket in Northridge on Devonshire and Reseda, has whole monkfish tails. They aren't skinned, but the quality is excellent. The Fish King, on Glendale Ave in Glendale, often has monkfish filets.

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    1. re: ebethsdad

      Please don't purchase monk fish from the Galleria in Northridge. I bought one today and even tipped the fish monger for fileting and de-boning it. The fish was real rank. It stunk bad.

      1. re: Galen

        Tried to return the monkfish today and the manager gave us a bad time like we were pulling a number on him. He finally gave us a voucher instead of cash back. The place is disappointing.

        1. re: Galen

          I am so sorry for recommending it. My experience was 180 degrees opposite. Very fresh and delicious. I used the skin and bones for stock.

    2. Most Korean supermarkets should have it, some of them have them whole - I think I saw a whole one with the head at Assi in Koreatown recently. The Galleria supermarket on Western & Olympic (in the basement of the mall) have monkfish tails all the time, both imported and domestic. Assi has better quality seafood than Galleria, and more choice.
      If you got o a market that sells them whole, ask for the cheeks , because monkfish cheeks are delicious.

      1. Can I just tag onto this and ask where do you find Mackerel? I'm assuming a Korean Market? It's in all my favorite Korean joints but never at Fish King, or the FMs.

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        1. re: Clyde

          Mackerel is probably hard to find outside of Korean and other Asian markets because the demand for fresh mackerel outside of Asian cuisine is comparatively low and mackerel doesn't keep for long.

          1. re: Clyde

            Check Nijiya or Granada Market (both on Sawtelle - plus Nijiya has at least one other location) or Mitsuwa or Marukai (as well as the Korean markets).

            1. re: Servorg

              The Nijiya off Crenshaw in Torrance is a great place, as is the Mitsuwa on Western. Marukai on Artesia (the original warehouse store) is hee-yuge and has everything one could ask for.

            2. re: Clyde

              99 Ranch has it. Also check Mitsuwa (you can get ramen at Santouka for a fringe benefit).

              1. re: ebethsdad

                I go to the Ranch 99 in Van Nuys and have never seen it there. I've been keep an eye out too. Which Ranch did you see it at?

              2. re: Clyde

                I was at the Koreatown Galleria today and they had fresh mackerel from Sweden.

              3. Although I'm not a big fan of Santa Monica Seafood, I have bought good monkfish there.

                1. They have it at Santa Monica Seafood & Co.

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                  1. re: bruinike

                    I also saw it at SM Seafood today. It looked very fresh. Having said that, I bought the wild N.Z. John
                    Dory. It was incredibly delicious.

                    1. re: bruinike

                      SM Seafood is pretty much the single best seafood outlet for anything in L.A., although be on the lookout for a new place called Santa Barbara Seafood appearing at Melrose and La Cienega in November -- run by the guys who sell at the Hollywood Farmers' Market on Sundays.