Monkfish in Tomato-Garlic Sauce

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  • Servings: 8


  • 1/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 heads of garlic plus 4 large cloves, peeled and very thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon sweet paprika
  • 1 cup canned crushed tomatoes
  • 2 cups water
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Eight 6-ounce cleaned monkfish fillets, about 2 inches thick

How to make this recipe

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°. In a large skillet, warm 1/4 cup of the olive oil. Add the sliced garlic and cook slowly over very low heat, shaking the skillet, until the garlic is deep golden, 15 minutes. Remove about 1/4 cup of garlic slices to a plate and reserve. Add the paprika to the garlic in the skillet and cook for 1 minute. Add the tomatoes and cook over moderately high heat for 1 minute. Add the water and simmer until the sauce has reduced to 1 1/2 cups, about 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

  2. In a very large skillet, heat the 3 tablespoons of olive oil. Season the fish with salt and pepper. Cook over high heat until browned on the bottom, 2 minutes. Turn the fish, transfer to the oven, and roast until just cooked through, 15 minutes.

  3. Transfer the fish to a large, warmed platter. Pour any juices from the skillet into the sauce and simmer for 2 minutes. Spoon the sauce onto plates and set the fish on top. Scatter the fried garlic over the fish and serve right away.

Suggested Pairing

A creamy Sauvignon Blanc, such as one from the Penedès region of Spain, is great with the garlicky tomato sauce on this monkfish.

Contributed By Photo © Quentin Bacon Published October 2005

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Aggregate Rating value: 5

Review Count: 1640

Worst Rating: 0

Best Rating: 5

Author Name: Robert Lee

Review Body: Great! Yum! Substituted freshly caught sea robin filet for monkfish. Made extra sauce which I added to whole grain quinoa-corn pasta, sardinian pecorino, grass fed butter, fresh herbs and a side butter lettuce mix salad from trader joes, chopped carrots and roasted Caesar dressing. Red wine and beer too. One of best meals I've ever enjoyed yet, certainly :)

Date Published: 2016-08-17

Author Name: Amy Goodrich

Review Body: OMG, this was so simple and amazing.  I wished I had made rice to pair with the sauce.  My teenagers were disappointed there was no extra monkfish.  The sauce is phenomenal!

Review Rating: 5

Date Published: 2016-08-04

Author Name: TheJoeC

Review Body: so simple to cook, yet, so delicious! My kids love it.. 

Review Rating: 5

Date Published: 2016-09-04