Monkfish and mussels with tarragon and mustard sauce
- 1 tsp curry powder
- ½ tsp salt
- 600g/1lb 5oz monkfish tail, cleaned and cut into 4 pieces
- salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 50g/2oz unsalted butter
- ½ lemon, juice only
- 40g/1½oz shallots, chopped
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 sprig fresh thyme
- 1 sprig fresh tarragon
- ½ tsp saffron strands
- 200ml/7fl oz white wine
- 1.5kg/3lb 6oz mussels, beards removed
- 110ml/4fl oz double cream
- 200ml/7fl oz hot fish stock
- 1 tsp wholegrain mustard
- 2 tbsp chopped fresh tarragon
Preheat the oven to 190C/375F/Gas 5.
In a bowl, mix together the curry powder and the salt until well combined. Dredge the monkfish pieces in the powder, then season with freshly ground black pepper.
Heat the oil in an ovenproof frying pan over a medium heat, add the monkfish pieces and fry for 3-4 minutes on each side, or until just golden-brown on both sides.
Add half of the butter to the pan, then transfer to the oven and cook for a further 4-5 minutes, or until the monkfish is cooked through. Remove from the oven and squeeze over the lemon juice.
Heat the remaining butter in a large frying pan over a medium heat until foaming. Add the shallots and fry for 2-3 minutes, or until softened.
Add the bay leaf, thyme, tarragon and saffron strands and stir well.
Add the white wine, stir well and bring the mixture to the boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and simmer until the volume of liquid has reduced by half.
Add the cream and the fish stock and bring the mixture to the boil.
Add the mussels, cover the pan with a lid and cook for 4-5 minutes, shaking the pan occasionally, until the mussels have opened. Discard any mussels that remain closed.
Remove the mussels from the pan using a slotted spoon and set aside. Continue to simmer the cooking liquor until it has thickened slightly.
Add the mustard and the chopped tarragon and stir until well combined. Season, to taste, with salt and freshly ground black pepper and continue to simmer the mixture for a further 1-2 minutes.
To serve, slice each of the monkfish pieces into two medallions. Place two of the monkfish medallions into the centre of each of four serving bowls. Remove half of the mussels from their shells and divide them among the bowls. Divide the remaining mussels between the bowls. Spoon over the tarragon and mustard sauce and serve immediately.