Paprika-cured monkfish with avocado, date and tomato

10
1 hour 45 minutes

Ingredients

Paprika-cured monkfish

  • 2.5kg monkfish, in one piece
  • 150g of fino sherry
  • 250g of sugar
  • 500g of table salt
  • 125g of paprika

Confit tomato

  • 300g of tomatoes
  • 400ml of water
  • 400g of sugar
  • 30g of ginger, sliced
  • 1 tbsp of peppercorns
  • 1 sprig of rosemary

Avocado mousse

  • 350g of avocado, (weight with stone)
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled with central germ removed
  • 1/4 bunch of coriander
  • 65ml of olive oil, preferably Arbequina
  • 3 limes, juiced
  • salt
  • pepper

Date purée

  • 85g of dates, (weight with stones)
  • orange juice

Vinaigrette

  • 25ml of lime juice
  • 25ml of lemon juice
  • 8g of ginger, grated
  • 150ml of olive oil, preferably Arbequina

To garnish

  • chives
  • micro coriander shoots
  • paprika

Method

1
To begin, clean and fillet the monkfish, removing the skin (you can ask your fishmonger to do this for you if preferred)
  • 2.5kg monkfish, in one piece
2
In a shallow container, marinate the monkfish in the fino sherry for 15 minutes, then turn the fish and leave to marinate for a further 15 minutes
  • 150g of fino sherry
3
Combine the sugar, salt and paprika in a bowl, mixing until well-combined. Remove the fish from the sherry and roll in the rub until completely covered. Leave to cure in the fridge for 2 hours
  • 125g of paprika
  • 500g of table salt
  • 250g of sugar
4
After 2 hours, use a piece of kitchen paper to wipe off the excess rub. Tightly roll the fish in cling film, pressing and twisting the ends to form a firm sausage shape. Set aside in the fridge. You can serve the fish the same day, or you can keep it in the fridge for up to 3 days
5
Preheat the oven to 95°C/gas mark 1/4
6
To make the confit tomatoes, cut a small cross into the bottom of each tomato, blanch them in a pan of boiling water for 5 seconds, then immediately plunge into a bowl of iced water. Peel the tomatoes and place on a baking tray. Dry out in the oven for 30 minutes
  • 300g of tomatoes
7
Place the sugar and water in a saucepan and bring to the boil until the sugar has completely dissolved. Add the tomatoes and boil for 1 minute
  • 400g of sugar
  • 400ml of water
8
Add the rest of the ingredients, remove from the heat and allow to infuse. Once cool, reserve the tomatoes in a container with the syrup and spices
  • 1 sprig of rosemary
  • 30g of ginger, sliced
  • 1 tbsp of peppercorns
9
For the avocado mousse, blend together the lime juice, coriander and garlic until they form a smooth paste. Peel and de-stone the avocado, add to the blender and blitz until smooth. Gently stream in the olive oil while blending to form an emulsion, then season to taste and transfer to a piping bag. Reserve in the fridge
  • pepper
  • 350g of avocado, (weight with stone)
  • 1/4 bunch of coriander
  • 65ml of olive oil, preferably Arbequina
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled with central germ removed
  • 3 limes, juiced
  • salt
10
To make the date purée, remove the stones from the dates and add to a blender with a splash of orange juice. Start blending, adding enough orange juice to create a smooth, pipe-able consistency. When you're happy with the texture, pass through a sieve to remove any lumps and store in a piping bag
  • orange juice
  • 85g of dates, (weight with stones)
11
To prepare the vinaigrette, combine the lemon juice, lime juice and ginger in a bowl. Mix well, then drizzle in the oil, whisking to combine
  • 150ml of olive oil, preferably Arbequina
  • 25ml of lime juice
  • 25ml of lemon juice
  • 8g of ginger, grated
12
When ready to serve, remove the monkfish from the fridge and discard the cling film. Using a very sharp knife, cut the monkfish into very thin slices
13
Lightly grease each plate with olive oil and arrange the monkfish slices on top. Pipe dots of the avocado mousse and date purée, and arrange the confit tomatoes over the fish. Drizzle with the vinaigrette and garnish with micro coriander, chives and a pinch of paprika
  • paprika
  • chives
  • micro coriander shoots