Food and Wine, March 2014

Spanish Braised Monkfish

Course Main Dish
Cuisine Seafood


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2 red bell peppers diced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/3 cup dry sherry
  • 1 cup bottled clam juice
  • 1/4 cup blanched slivered almonds
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 2 pounds monkfish membranes removed, fish cut to make 4 pieces
  • 2 tablespoons - chopped fresh parsley


  • In a large deep frying pan, heat the oil over moderate heat. Add the onion, bell peppers, and salt and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is soft, about 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic and sherry; simmer for 1 minute. Add the clam juice and bring to a simmer. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, for 10 minutes.
  • Transfer the contents of the frying pan to a blender or food processor and puree. Add the almonds and the black pepper. Pulse until the nuts are chopped very fine. Return the sauce to the pan.
  • Bring the sauce just to a simmer and add the fish to the pan. Simmer, covered, until just done, 10 to 12 minutes. Slice the fish on the diagonal and serve with the parsley sprinkled over the top.
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