Pan fried monkfish with red wine sauce

Firm, meaty fillets of monkfish pan fried and served with a beurre noisette laced with red wine.


Preparation method

  1. Season the monkfish with a little salt.

  2. Heat a large frying pan until medium hot, add a knob of the butter and all the oil. Cook the monkfish on each side until just golden – about a minute either side.

  3. Remove the fish and rest on a plate covered in cling film.

  4. Place the red wine, vinegar, sugar, 50ml/2fl oz water and shallot into a saucepan and cook until reduced to a syrup.

  5. Heat a frying pan over a high heat and cook the remaining butter, thyme and whole garlic clove until a nut-brown colour.

  6. Mix the red wine syrup and butter together – there should be double the quantity of butter to red wine – check the seasoning, then remove the garlic clove.

  7. To serve, place the monkfish onto plates then spoon the red wine dressing over the top.

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Saturday Kitchen 22/09/2012 bbc_one Saturday Kitchen

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