Monkfish with Roasted Garlic Sauce

Monkfish with Roasted Garlic Sauce -  Monkfish is called rape, pronounced rah-pay and is a popular fish here in Spain. This dish is traditionally from Catalan but can be found served in many other areas of Spain.  

The sauce with this recipe could be served with pretty much any fish, and would also be great with chicken, turkey breast, quail or pheasant.


 1 - 2 pounds of monkfish tails, cut into pieces

1 large head of garlic

4tbsp olive oil


3tbsp pine nuts (piñones)

large pinch of saffron

250ml of tomato puree

3tbsp white wine or dry sherry

250ml fish or chicken stock

chopped parsley for garnish

Monkfish with Roasted Garlic Sauce

Monkfish with Roasted Garlic Sauce


Preheat oven to 180ºc

Slice the top off the head of garlic, make a nest out of foil, place the garlic in the foil nest, pour a little olive oil over the exposed garlic, fold over the foil to cover and roast in the oven for about 45 minutes.

While the garlic is roasting, toast the pine nuts in a dry frying pan over a medium heat. Toast until they turn slightly brown, remove from the heat.

Season the monkfish well with salt.

When the garlic is done, open up the foil nest and allow to cool.

Using a pestle and mortar, grind the pine nuts, the saffron and a good pinch of salt, squeeze the cloves of garlic out of their skins and grind with the pine nut mixture until it becomes a paste.

Heat a frying pan on medium heat, when hot add the remaining olive oil.

Pat the monkfish dry with kitchen paper,  and place in the hot oil, sear the fish for 3 - 4 minutes on each side, put the cooked fish on a oven proof plate and place it in the still warm oven.

In the same frying pan, add the tomato puree, wine or sherry and stock, use a wooden spoon to scrape any brown bits of fish into the sauce and boil until it has reduced to half the amount. Reduce the heat and add the garlic paste, mix until combined.

Add the cooked fish to the sauce.

Serve garnished with fresh parsley.

This dish goes perfectly with Papas Arrugadas -  Wrinkled Potatoes or with rice or just fresh crusty bread.

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