Pike Place Market: Hello! I’m a Monk Fish!

November 6, 2008 · 10 comments · Print This Post

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Monk Fish

How would you like to wake up next to that ugly thing? I think Monk Fish are seriously the stuff nightmares are made of. CK and I came across this “charming” specimen at the famed Pike Place Fish Market. You know, the one where they toss the fish around. Also, If I remember correctly, David from the Real World Seattle worked there while they were taping the show. Anyway, you couldn’t pay me to eat that. When they had the Monk Fish competition on Top Chef and they made nuggets and fish sticks for the kids I almost crawled out of my skin. In case you didn’t already know this I’m not a huge fish fan. There are only a few select fish that I’ll eat and most of then have to be raw and rolled in sushi rice. It’s my last great childhood food hang-up holdout. Think I’m bad? Ask CK about his ridiculous aversion to olives.

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1 Hermie's Mom November 6, 2008 at 4:56 pm

That is seriously creepy. My co-worker was just talking about the Seattle fish market about an hour ago. My first image was of David from the Real World. Glad there’s someone else out there who gets that reference.


2 Jaime November 6, 2008 at 8:43 pm

This, my friend, is why I refuse to swim in the ocean.


3 Darci November 6, 2008 at 8:55 pm

I am totally going to have nightmares now!!! That thing is terrible. I am so glad that you did not eat that. Ditto on the whole fish thing.


4 LizAndrsn November 7, 2008 at 9:02 am

Isn’t Monk Fish known as the poor man’s lobster? Done right, it is slightly sweet and succulent.

Most fishy foods I won’t touch, much less think about occupying the same body of water, but Monk Fish is de-lish!


5 Nick November 7, 2008 at 9:46 am

Liz is right! Monk fish is actually delicious if it is cooked correctly – which I think is pretty easy to do. I’m not sure that I would have the guts to buy a whole one though.

That thing is pretty intense looking. Somebody had to be the first to eat it and it must have been good enough for them to convince others to do so.

I also don’t think they have teeth 🙂


6 robin @ caviar and codfish November 7, 2008 at 10:30 am

Monk fish may be ugly but hot damn it’s tasty. If you ever try it for the first time, have it in a good tomatoey stew, like a bouillabaisse. It’s by far my favorite fish for soups and stews.


7 Jeff D November 7, 2008 at 10:40 am

Monkfish is about the least fishy fish out there. Plus it’s firm so it holds up well to things like a stir fry.


8 EB November 7, 2008 at 12:45 pm

I love monkfish, but they really are scary looking SOB’s!


9 Cheryl January 17, 2010 at 1:12 am

What’s great about the monkfish in Pike’s Place is they have a string tied to the end of the tail, that goes through to the back of the display. The employees there will tug on it from time to time, startling people that are looking at it, taking pictures, etc…


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