Gigot of monkfish with tomato and pepper sauce

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Monkfish tails work particularly well in this simple bake, as the meaty flesh holds together well during cooking. If not available, both gurnard and sea bass would be good substitutes. Andy Waters makes an easy tomato, courgette and pepper sauce, which the fish is then baked in before serving.

First published in 2015




Monkfish tails

Tomato sauce



For the sauce, place an ovenproof dish over a medium heat and add 100ml of olive oil. Once the oil is hot (but not burning), add the slices of onion and garlic and allow to sweat for 2-3 minutes
Add the courgettes and peppers and cook for a further 3 minutes
Add the tomatoes and juice, the herbs and water. Bring to the boil and then turn down the heat, leave to gently simmer for 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste and remove from the heat

Stud the monkfish tails with the halved garlic cloves, then wrap in Parma ham. Lay the monkfish tails on top of the sauce and spoon over some of the sauce. Pour 50ml of olive oil over the monkfish and cook in a preheated oven set to 180°C/gas mark 4 for 15 minutes


Remove the dish from the oven, carve the fish, scatter fresh parsley over the top and serve immediately

Andy Waters helped put the Midlands on the gastronomic map when he won a Michelin star in 2003 for Edmunds. The award came within six months of opening and the restaurant went on to be named restaurant of the year by Harden's Guide.

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