Get Down to Ocean Basket for Sustainable Monkfish

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Since West Coast Rock Lobster was moved onto the SASSI red list (a list created by the Southern African Sustainable Seafood Initiative [SASSI] that helps consumers make responsible seafood choices) Ocean Basket has not sold lobster.

But instead of missing that spicy butter and melt-in-the-mouth taste, a new, delicious speciality dish has been added to the menu – Grilled Monkfish served in a spicy butter sauce. Monkfish has a mild taste and texture similar to lobster and is sometimes called “the poor man’s lobster.” It’s a great alternative to the real thing, is well-priced and is utterly delicious – we know because we tried it!

Ironically, what was once collected by monks on the docks as disposable by-catch, is now catching on in the culinary world and graces many a gourmand’s table. In some parts of the globe, it is just as expensive, if not more so, than lobster.

The tail meat of monkfish has a delicate, sweet flavour and the flesh is fine and firm and doesn’t flake when cooked. The best part is that monkfish has no bones. The team at Ocean Basket are preparing it in a butter sauce with a hint of heat in the seasoning and is served with any one of their usual sides. 

We love that Ocean Basket is committed to serving sustainable seafood – a cause we definitely support. Read more about WWFSASSI here and get down to your nearest Ocean Basket branch to enjoy their yummy monkfish dish.

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