Monchong with Green Maui Sauce

Posted on February 20th, 2013 by Erin | Posted in Recipes, Seafood


We’ve just received a fresh batch of Monchong here at LifeSource. Curious to try it out for dinner? Below is a recipe full of fresh ingredients from John Herring’s blog, “Hungry Again.” The Monchong is sautéed and topped with a delicious lime-cilantro Maui sauce.

From Herring’s blog: “Monchong, also called sickle pomfret, is a deep-water fish that shows up in markets mostly as a by-catch. It’s delicate, and delicious, and flakes nicely when cooked properly. High oil content means a great texture & good flavor affinity with acidic sauces. I’ve sautéed it in this recipe, and added a colorful tropical slick to make it fun. Don’t be alarmed by the pineapple & banana in the sauce recipe; when it’s all whipped up, even supertasters aren’t sure exactly what’s in it!”


Sautéed Monchong with Green Maui Sauce

Lime Cilantro Sauce

makes about 1-1/2 cups juice of 2 limes (about 1/3 cup)

  • 1 cup firmly packed cilantro, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded, pithed & minced (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 2 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 1/4 cup whole-milk plain yogurt
  • 1/3 cup chopped banana
  • 1/3 cup chopped pineapple

Combine all ingredients in blender or small food processor and puree.

Sautéed Monchong

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1-1/2 lb monchong filet, cut into strips (1 inch x 4 inches or so)

Heat olive oil & butter in nonstick skillet over high heat until almost smoking. Add monchong and cook until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Flip pieces and repeat. Serve with Green Maui Sauce (see above). Garnish with pickled Maui onions & ogo seaweed. Or parsley.