A strange-looking fish that is firm textured and has delicious tasting meat, similar to that of lobster. In Europe, the monkfish has been treasured for many years, but until the later part of the 1970's, American fisherman would dispose of the monkfish. Americans now keep the monkfish, but only for the meat from the tail, whereas Europeans use the entire fish. It can be prepared using several different cooking methods, such as poaching, roasting, sautéing, or grilling. If monkfish is not available, it may be substituted with grouper, tilefish, or lobster. When cleaning, be sure the fish is thoroughly skinned, paying particular attention to the center ridge. Skin remaining on the ridge will cause the fish to be tough when cooked. To check the fish for doneness, use the tip of a sharp knife and cut through the thickest part of the fillet. If the fish has been properly cooked, the meat will appear opaque, but will still be moist.
|Also known as?||Monk, Mfish|
|Release date||2 May 2006 (Update)|
|Quest item?||Yes, Swan Song|
|High Alchemy||138 coins|
|Low Alchemy||92 coins|
|Store price||241 coins
|Exchange price||Raw: 488 coins update
Cooked: 455 update coins
|Examine||Raw: I should try cooking this.
Cooked: A tasty fish.
Monkfish are members-only food that heal 16 Hitpoints when consumed. During the Swan Song quest, players must fish fresh monkfish, a non-tradeable quest item that heals 1 Hitpoint when successfully cooked, then consumed.
Members with at least level 62 Fishing can catch raw monkfish, gaining 120 Fishing experience points per fish. They can do this with a small fishing net; but the only suitable fishing spot is at the Piscatoris Fishing Colony, which requires players to have completed Swan Song.
|Tools/Utensils||Small fishing net|
|Fishing Method||Small fishing net|
|Fishing Spot||Harpoon/net spot- in Piscatoris Fishing Colony only|
|Level at which it stops burning||90|
|Instructions||Use raw monkfish with a fire or a range.|
|HP per Serving||16|
Failure to cook the raw monkfish will produce burnt monkfish instead. This is one of the few apparently useless items that players can sell to the general store for cash. Most general stores will pay one coin each if they have less than three burnt monkfish in player stock, but the store in Keldagrim will pay one coin each if they have less than eight in player stock.
At 71 Cooking, players burn about 1 out of every 4 monkfish (based on a sample size of 364 monkfish: 88 were burned) on a range in the cooking guild. On the same range, and with cooking gauntlets, the rate of burn seems to be reduced by about 1/3rd: 1 out of 6 is burned (54/319). At level 89 Cooking, players burn about 1 out of every 120 monkfish or about 1 out of every 270 with Cooking Gauntlets.
Burning monkfish becomes impossible after level 92 Cooking (with Cooking Guantlets). It is for this reason that players are advised to use the cook's range in Lumbridge Castle under the level of 85, as this decreases the chance of burning. Recently, monkfish have gone down in value drastically and the price continues to fall.
Monkfish are a very popular high level food as they are significantly cheaper than sharks, but heal almost as many Hitpoints (16 points versus 20).
Monkfish give 10 more fishing experience per catch than sharks, are caught much faster, and can be fished at a lower Fishing level than sharks. This makes monks a very efficient way of leveling up. In addition, they are lighter, so players engaging in a lot of running can run longer carrying monkfish than they can carrying sharks.
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