Monkfish Recipes

Monkfish on a Bed of Lentils recipe

Preparation Time: 25 minutes | Cooking Time: 15 minutes
Earthy lentils work super well with meaty monkfish in this recipe and a little bit of lemon flavoured olive oil helps to lift all the flavours. Juniper berries help to give everything a complex flavour. Serve with a light salad on the side and some ciabatta rolls.


  • 425g monkfish, skinned and boned
  • 410g tin green lentils, drained and washed
  • 4 shallots
  • 9 juniper berries
  • 2 tbsp. lemon olive oil
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 180C. Thinly slice the shallots and grind the juniper berries.

  2. Marinate the fish in the lemon oil, shallots and juniper berries for 10 minutes. Remove the monkfish from the marinade and pat dry.

  3. Heat a frying pan over a high heat. Once very hot, add the fish. Fry on either side until well browned and then put the pan into the oven for 5-6 minutes. Once cooked, slice into 4 portions.

  4. In another frying pan, cook the shallots and juniper berries in the marinade along with the lemon oil for 5-6 minutes until softened and sweet.

  5. In another pan, heat together the lentils, garlic and olive oil. Once warm, pile onto 4 plates. Top with the monkfish and the shallots.

You could use dried lentils in this recipe if you prefer, and if you don't have juniper berries to hand, just experiment with some freshly chopped herbs. Recipe serves 4.

Author: Laura Young.

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425gabout 15 oz (14.991025 oz based on 0.035273 ounces in a gram)
410gabout 14 oz (14.46193 oz based on 0.035273 ounces in a gram)
180C350F / Gas Mark 4


Published: June 20, 2012
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