Monkfish Tacos Recipe: The Perfect Twist on Traditional Tacos

Tacos are a classic dish enjoyed by many around the world. However, have you ever thought about switching up the traditional taco recipe with a unique twist like these monkfish tacos? 

This recipe introduces the perfect twist on traditional tacos. It is a perfect recipe for people who want to add a little seafood flavor to their tacos.

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top view of monkfish tacos

Tips for Making the Best Monkfish Tacos

Start With the Best Quality Monkfish: Look for firm and fresh fillets that are not discolored and do not have an odor. 

Can’t Find Fresh Monkfish: If you are not lucky to get fresh monkfish, you can use frozen monkfish. However, ensure that you thaw it properly in the refrigerator before cooking. 

Keep an Eye on the Monkfish as You Bake: Monkfish is a delicate meat that can easily overcook and become tough. Watch the temperature and cooking time. Once they turn golden brown and crispy, stop the cooking.

Get Creative with the Toppings: You are at liberty to customize your monkfish tacos toppings according to your preference. Add some sliced jalapenos, chopped cilantro, or a dollop of sour cream for added flavor. If you want to skip gathering all the different kinds of seasonings, try a blended seasoning such as ‘Everything but the Tacos’ seasoning. Healthier Variation: If you are health conscious, you can add a few modifications to this recipe. For example, use whole wheat or keto tortillas instead of the regular tortillas we used.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Monkfish?

Monkfish is a deep water fish that is commonly found in the North Atlantic waters. It is prized for its firm and has a slightly sweet flavor. Its taste is quite comparable to that of lobster or shrimp. In fact, some people call it the poor man’s lobster for this reason. When cooked, monkfish has a delicate flavor and a flaky and firm texture. This makes it an ideal choice for tacos.

How can I Store Leftover Monkfish Tacos?

If you have any leftover tacos, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It can last for up to three days if you store it well. To consume them, reheat the tacos in a microwave, oven, or stovetop. One important tip that will help you prevent the tortillas from getting soggy is to reheat the monkfish separately from the toppings and tortillas. You can then assemble them when they are all warm.

How do I Know if the Monkfish Fillet is Fresh?

Buying fresh monkfish fillets is the first important step when making monkfish tacos. Here are some tips to help you identify the best fillet. First, the flesh should be firm and have a somewhat shiny appearance. Generally, the color should be white or slightly pinkish. However, if they are brown or any other color, that is a red flag. Also, the fillet should not have any fishy smell. If your fishmonger allows it, you can touch the fillet to confirm that it is not slimy or sticky.

Why is my Monkfish Rubbery?

Monkfish is a delicate meat to cook. If it turns out tough and rubbery, it is a sign that you overcooked it. As such, always watch the temperature, cooking time, and color of the monkfish as you cook.

Can I Substitute Monkfish with Other Types of Fish?

Yes, you can substitute monkfish for any other fish in this monkfish tacos recipe. However, be sure to adjust the cooking time so that you do not overcook or undercook them.

Monkfish Tacos Recipe

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top view of 4 monkfish tacos with limes

Monkfish Tacos

  • Author: Mehgan Zheng
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4 Servings 1x


  • 1 lb fresh monkfish fillet
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 8 tortillas
  • 1 cup shredded lettuce
  • 1/2 cup diced red onion
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1 cup diced tomatoes
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges


  • Rinse the monkfish fillet and pat it dry with a paper towel. Cut it into small, bite-sized pieces.
  • Add olive oil, salt, black pepper, chili powder, paprika, cumin, and garlic powder in a shallow bowl. Mix them well. 
  • Add the monkfish fillets to the bowl. Ensure that they are fully coated.
  • Preheat your oven to 400°F (204°C)
  • Put the coated monkfish pieces on a baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes. 
  • Warm up the tortillas on a griddle over medium-high heat.
  • Assemble the tacos by adding the shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, diced red onion, and diced avocado to each tortilla.
  • Add the cooked monkfish pieces to the veggies and garnish with a lime wedge.
  • Serve and enjoy your delicious Monkfish Tacos!
  • Prep Time: 30 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins