Monkfish baked in foil

    40 min

    A fairly simple recipe but delicious. Can be prepared to eat straight away or made for putting in the freezer


    Wiltshire, England, UK
    81 people made this

    Serves: 4 

    • 1 white onion, finely chopped
    • 1 red onion, finely chopped
    • 2 sticks celery, finely chopped
    • 4 monkfish fillets
    • salt and pepper, to taste
    • 150ml lemon or lime juice
    • 4 tablespoons soya sauce

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:25min  ›  Ready in:40min 

    1. Pre-heat the oven to 140 C / Gas 1.
    2. Warm a little oil in a frying pan over a medium heat and gently fry the chopped vegetables for about 5 minutes or until the celery has softened and the onions have gone translucent.
    3. If the fishmonger has prepared the fillets just check that all the bones are out, then lay each fillet on a square sheet of kitchen foil.
    4. Coat each fillet with a layer of the vegetables and season to taste. Add two tablespoons of lime or lemon juice and one tablespoon of soya sauce to each parcel.
    5. Carefully fold up the long sides of the foil and fold over the long edges then bend up the short sides to seal the parcel.
    6. Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes until the fish is tender and flakes easily with a fork. If you want to freeze them and save them for later take them out after about 5 minutes.


    Any good white flaky fish will also go well (I have tried it with John Dory in the past). For a bit of extra spiciness try adding some finely chopped chilli to the topping.

    To cook from frozen

    When you take them out of the freezer, allow to defrost slowly before baking at 140 C / Gas 1 for 10 to 15 minutes or until tender and the flesh flakes evenly with a fork.

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