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Monkfish Tails with Spicy Coconut & Tomato Dressing

Simple and delicious monkfish tails perfect for an evening party to impress. The coconut chutney is just delicious and works perfectly with the monkfish. Simple to prepare but really does have the wow factor. As featured in Sainsburys Magazine

Serves 4


2 monkfish tails, about 375g each, skin and grey inner skin removed, filleted into 4 pieces in total
2 tsp grated root ginger
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 x 31g pack coriander, finely chopped
2 tsp thyme leaves, chopped
1-2 tbsp rapeseed oil, plus extra for cooking
For the spicy coconut and tomato dressing
3 vine tomatoes, deseeded
1 clove garlic, peeled
Half x 31g pack coriander, roughly chopped
Halfx 28g pack flat leaf parsley, roughly chopped
1 tbsp thyme leaves
1 red birds eye chilli
3 tbsp desiccated coconut
2 tbsp rapeseed oil
Half tsp salt


1 An hour ahead of cooking, season the monkfish with salt to remove any excess liquid from the fish. I find that monkfish tails have a milky juice that comes out of the fish and can make this dish too watery. Using the salt enables some of the water to come out before we roast the monkfish.

2 Preheat the oven to 190c, fan 170c, gas 5. To prepare the dressing, place all the ingredients into a food processor and blitz until all combined. Set aside. 

3 Slice each of the monkfish fillets almost all the way through the middle and stuff with the ginger, garlic, coriander and thyme. Tie the fillets with string and then rub with a little rapeseed oil and season with salt and pepper. Heat a little oil in a frying pan and sear the monkfish for 2 minutes on each side. 

4 Place the dressing in the middle of a large piece of foil and place the monkfish tails over the top, seal the foil leaving plenty of space at the top to enable the fish to steam inside the foil. Place in the oven for 12 - 15 minutes. The cooking times may vary depending on the size of the tail. You can also cook them in individual parcels if you prefer.

5 Serve the monkfish with the wonderful warm dressing it has been roasted in.

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