Quick Monkfish Bites Recipe – Easy and Delicious!

With a crispy coating and tender interior, monkfish bites will surely be a favorite with your family or friends. Ever wondered how to make them? Well, here is the perfect recipe you need. 

This recipe article will list the ingredients you require, take you through the step-by-step procedure of making monkfish bites, and share some tips on perfecting your cooking.

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Tips for Making the Best Monkfish Bites

Here are some tips to help you cook the perfect monkfish bites:

Cut Uniform Size Fillets: We recommend cutting the monkfish fillets into uniform bite-sized pieces. The uniformity ensures that they are cooked evenly and have a consistent texture. Be sure to use a high-quality cutting board to avoid cross-contamination.

Coat the Fillets Generously: To get the perfect crispy coating, make sure you coat the monkfish fillets evenly. Feel free to recoat them if you feel that they were not coated enough.

Choice of Breadcrumbs: We recommend using panko breadcrumbs for this recipe. However, you can use any regular breadcrumbs if you are unlucky to get panko breadcrumbs.

Cook in Batches: Cook the monkfish bite in batches. However, also prevent overcrowding in the skillet to avoid sticking together. Drain Excess Oil: It’s important to drain any excess oil from the cooked monkfish bites. Letting them to rest on a paper towel-lined plate for some minutes will do the trick.

top view of a pile of fried monkfish on a white plate and garnished with lettuce

Is it possible to use a different fish for this recipe?

Yes. While we wrote this recipe to use monkfish, you can use a different fish. However, Keep in mind that you may have to alter the cooking time. Don’t be afraid to try turning your favorite fish into fish bites!

Can I bake the monkfish bites instead of frying them?

You can bake the monkfish bites instead of frying them. 
To do this, preheat your oven to 400°F (205°C). Put the prepared monkfish fillets on a baking sheet that is lined with parchment paper. Drizzle some vegetable oil over them. Proceed to bake for about 15-20 minutes. They should turn golden brown and crispy. Make sure you turn the monkfish bites to get even cooking.

Can I make this recipe gluten-free?

You can experiment with many variations of this recipe, such as using gluten-free ingredients. You will find many gluten-free breadcrumbs and flour at most grocery stores. Alternatively, you can get creative and make your own ingredients at home. You can grind gluten-free oats or bread into a fine powder and use them. All these options are viable when making gluten-free monkfish bites.

Can I introduce other herbs or spices to the coating mixture?

You can add your favorite herbs and spices to the mixture. Some popular options include cayenne pepper, dried thyme, or oregano. You can even add grated parmesan cheese for a cheesy twist. However, be careful when introducing new spices and herbs so that you do not overpower the delicate flavor of the monkfish.

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a fork pulling apart breaded monkfish

Monkfish Bites Recipe

  • Author: Mehgan Zheng
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 Servings 1x


  • 1 lb monkfish fillets
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1/2 tbsp black pepper
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • Vegetable oil
  • Lemon wedges for serving


  1. Prepare bowls for dredging: Thoroughly mix flour, paprika, garlic powder, black pepper, and salt in bowl #1. Beat eggs until well-combined in bowl #2. Place breadcrumbs in bowl #3.
  2. Cut the monkfish fillets into uniform, bite-sized pieces.
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins