Spiced Roast Monkfish on a Smokey Aubergine Puree with an Olive and Caper Sauce Recipe

This dish was really tasty. I really like Tom Kerridge as a chef and he really didn’t disappoint with this recipe. The sweet meaty monkfish works so well with the smoky aubergine and the salty spiced sauce. I enjoyed every mouthful and would definitely make this again. One of our favourite dishes is the lemon and pepper monkfish but this one is just as good.

Ingredients (serves 2)

  • 2 Aubergines
  • 2 tbsp cumin seeds
  • 2 tbsp coriander seeds
  • drizzle of olive oil
  • 100ml double cream
  • 2 lemons, zest of 1 juice of both
  • 2 monkfish fillets
  • knob of butter
  • 6 large pitted green olives
  • 1 tbsp capers, drained
  • 6 anchovies
  • 1 red chilli, de seeded and finely chopped
  • 5 tbsp olive oil
  • small bunch of coriander, leaves only finely chopped
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. For the aubergine, preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4. Put the aubergines over an open flame and burn the skins. When scalded all over, place the aubergines on a baking tray and bake in the oven for 35-40 minutes, or until cooked. Remove the aubergines from the oven and leave to cool.
  2. When the aubergines are cool, cut them down the middle and scoop out the creamy flesh – taking care not to pick up any of the toasted black skin. Using a sharp knife, chop the aubergine until it forms a rough purée. Transfer to a sieve set over a large bowl and weigh it down with a bowl, leave to drain for 1-2 hours.
  3. Toast the cumin and coriander seeds, either in a dry frying pan set over a low heat or in an oven preheated to 180C/350F/Gas 4 (this will take 8-10 minutes). When toasted, remove from the heat and leave to cool.
  4. Blend the toasted seeds in a spice grinder to form a powder. Pass through a fine sieve to remove any bigger pieces.
  5. Heat a little olive oil in a saucepan and stir in one and a half tablespoons of the toasted spice powder. Cook for 2-3 minutes. Stir in the drained aubergine and, when hot, add the double cream, lemon zest and a splash of the lemon juice and season to taste with salt and pepper. Stir through and set aside.
  6. Dust the monkfish fillets in the remaining spice mixture. Heat a splash of olive oil in a non-stick frying pan set over a medium heat and cook the fillets for 6-8 minutes, turning all the time so that the spices do not burn. Remove from the pan and baste the fish in melted butter and a squeeze of lemon juice. Set aside to rest.
  7. To make a dressing, finely chop the green olives, capers, anchovies and red chillies. Mix together in a large bowl with the olive oil, remaining lemon juice and chopped coriander. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  8. To serve, reheat the aubergine purée, if necessary, and place a spoonful on each plate. Slice the monkfish and place on top with the dressing spooned over.



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