In the Harvester kitchen, a culinary experiment occurred, giving birth to a unique alternative to the classic Buffalo chicken wings – the Buffalo Monkfish Bites. Using our co-op fishermen's monkfish catch, the kitchen crew crafted an easy and delicious recipe that adds a delightful twist to your Super Bowl game day spread.
The Monkfish: A Local Fish with a Traditional History
Monkfish, once dubbed the "poor man's lobster," has become one of the primary catches of our local fishing fleet. With firm white meat and a taste reminiscent of lobster, monkfish offers a unique flavor profile that sets it apart. Its versatility in the kitchen makes it a perfect candidate for creating innovative and delicious dishes.
The Easy Recipe:
The Harvester kitchen crew has crafted a simple yet mouthwatering recipe for Buffalo Monkfish Bites. To recreate this alternative game day treat, you'll need locally sourced monkfish fillets and a few key ingredients.
1 lb.Monkfish fillets
Grapeseed or Peanut oil
Up to 2 T Cornstarch
2 T Butter
2 T Tabasco sauce
Salt and Pepper
Optional: serve with celery stalks for the added crunch and blue cheese dressing for dipping
Cut monkfish fillets into bite-sized pieces.
Pat dry filets with a paper towel, sprinkle with salt and pepper, mix
Sprinkle with enough cornstarch to cover and toss
On medium-high, heat oil
Fry pieces of monkfish for 2-3 minutes on each side
Remove and drain on a paper towel, then place in a bowl
While the monkfish is draining, heat the butter and Tabasco in a pan. Make sure not to let the butter bubble- it’ll separate from the Tabasco.
Remove sauce from heat, pour over fish in a bowl, and toss.
Serve hot with crunchy celery and blue cheese dressing for a classic Buffalo wing experience.
Game Day Excitement:
As a pescatarian-friendly option, these Buffalo Monkfish Bites will surely please a diverse crowd of game-day enthusiasts. Whether you're cheering for the 49ers or the Chiefs this season or enjoying the spectacle, this appetizer is a delicious way to elevate your Super Bowl experience.
Embrace the bold flavors of the Buffalo Monkfish Bites this Super Bowl season. With Chatham Harvesters monkfish at the forefront, this dish pays homage to our community's fishing families while offering a delightful alternative to the traditional game day spread. Spice up your festivities with a burst of flavor and let the Buffalo Monkfish Bites take center stage at your next celebration.