prosciutto-wrapped monkfish
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Serves: 4
Monkfish is dense, sweet, and very similar to lobster in both flavour and texture.
  • monkfish (about 2 to 3 lbs.)
  • zest of 2 lemons
  • prosciutto slices (8 to 10 slices)
  • fresh dill (optional)
  • sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • large can of white kidney beans (aka cannellini beans)
  • roasted tomatoes (or sundried tomatoes, roughly chopped)
  1. Preheat oven to 425f (220c). Pat dry monkfish. Remove any blue membrane (aka silver skin) with a knife or ask your fishmonger to do this for you. Feeling adventurous? Click here to see how to fillet a monkfish tail. On a board or clean surface, lay out slices of prosciutto overlapping slightly and place monkfish on top. Zest lemon over the fish and season with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Roll prosciutto to cover the fish well (use your hands and gently press meat onto fish). In a frying pan large enough to hold the monkfish, place over medium-high heat and add a splash of olive oil (just enough so the prosciutto doesn’t stick to the pan). Sauté a couple of minutes before turning fish. The end result should resemble a golden brown. Remove from heat and roast in the oven for 15 minutes.
  2. While the fish is in the oven, drain and rinse white kidney beans. In a frying pan heat a splash of olive oil over medium heat and add the beans. The idea here is to warm the beans through and just before the fish is to come out of the oven, add two to three heaping tablespoons of salsa verde over the beans. Stir to combine. Remove fish from oven and slice. Add beans and roasted tomatoes to warmed dinner plates and top with prosciutto wrapped monkfish. Drizzle with extra-virgin olive oil.
  3. The Culinary Chase’s Note: If you’re using a frying pan with a plastic handle, simple cover it with tin foil before placing in oven. Make sure the prosciutto slices cover the monkfish otherwise it’ll start to pull apart when it begins to cook in the oven. Enjoy!
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