Monkfish with clams, black-eyed beans and courgettes

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An easy to make sharing dish that'll happily feed everyone at the table, this beautiful, natural monkfish recipe ensures the fish takes pride of place. With a light, clear broth of black-eyed beans, courgettes and sweet clams, it's all about bright, fresh flavours that all come together wonderfully.

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First published in 2020







Preheat an oven to 180°C/gas mark 4. Use some cooking string to truss the monkfish tail, as this will help it to keep its shape during cooking. Pat the fish dry to ensure there’s no excess moisture, then season liberally with the salt, mushroom powder and cinnamon
Heat some olive oil in a large frying pan, then add the monkfish and cook until coloured all over. Once a nice crust has formed, add the lemon, butter and lemon thyme and baste the fish with the butter for 1 minute
Transfer the pan to the oven (or transfer the monkfish to a baking tray) and finish cooking for 10-12 minutes
Meanwhile, pour a drizzle of olive oil in a pan and soften the shallots. Add the garlic and cook for a few minutes, then add the thyme and bay leaf. Cook until lightly coloured, then add the clams and wine. Bring to a simmer, then cover and cook for a few minutes, shaking occasionally, until the clams open up. Once all the clams have opened, strain them, reserving the liquor, then set aside
Test that the monkfish is cooked by inserting a skewer into the middle – if there is no resistance, it’s ready. Set the fish aside to rest while you cook the courgettes
Bring the stock or water to the boil, then add the courgettes and season with salt, pepper and a dash of olive oil. Cook for 3-5 minutes until just tender, then add the reserved clam liquor and the beans to warm through
To serve, pour the courgettes and beans in a large serving bowl and place the monkfish on top (removing the string). Drizzle over the roasting juices, then arrange the clams and fennel fronds on top. Finish with a drizzle of olive oil

After swapping a law degree for a career in the kitchen, George Farrugia's flavour-driven, classically rooted cooking has made him one of the UK's rising culinary stars.

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