to Skin and Fillet a Monkfish
fish (also known as the anglerfish, goosefish, or bellyfish) is usually
sold without a head, as the only meat that is worth eating is the tail
(the cheeks are a delicacy, though). If caught fresh, remove head and
proceed as below.
By Renee Shelton
the tail on a large, flat clean surface. Start to pull the thick out
skin, working from top to bottom.
is a second, thin membrane under the skin; carefully peel this from
fillet the monkfish tail, cut through the flesh next to the bone on
both sides. Reserve the bone for fish stock, if desired.
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