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Crispy monkfish with spiced tomato compote

Published on December 17, 2014
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Crispy Cornish Monkfish

A light as air batter, combined with zingy hits of tomato and curry adds wow factor to this monkfish dish from The Bath Priory’s head chef

Serves 8

You will need

Monkfish 1kg tail

Micro herbs for garnish

For the compote

Cardamom, coriander, cumin seeds 4g of each

Shallots 2, finely chopped

Garlic 4 cloves, pureed

Olive oil 50g

Chilli 1, finely chopped

Tomatoes 500g, peeled, seeded and chopped

Lime 1, zest and juice

Sugar and sherry vinegar to taste

For the tempura

Plain flour 50g

Cornflour 50g

Curry powder, tumeric, salt 3g of each

Sparkling water 150ml, ice cold

For the mayonnaise

Oil 100ml, non scented

Curry powder 10g

Egg yolks 2

Dijon mustard 1⁄2 tsp


  1. The compote should be made 3 days in advance. Toast the spices in a pan, grind and sieve. Then, using a heavy based pan, sweat the shallots and garlic in the olive oil. Add the spices and cook for 5 minutes. Stir in the chilli, followed by the tomatoes and cook over a gentle heat for 1 hour or until the tomatoes have dried out. To finish, add the lime and adjust the acidity using sugar and vinegar.
  2. To prepare the monkfish, remove the skin and central bone, splitting the loin along the natural seams. Season well with fine salt and refrigerate for an hour. Remove, rinse in cold running water, dry with tissue paper and portion onto a clingfilm covered tray. Leave the fish to rest for 20 minutes, to bring it back to room temperature.
  3. For the tempura batter, sift together the flour, spices and some salt and gently mix with the water until combined. Lightly flour the rested monkfish, dusting off the excess. Drop portions into the batter to coat. Remove with a fork and deep fry at 180°c until golden and crisp. Dry on tissue paper.
  4. To make the curry mayonnaise, bring the oil and curry powder to 120°c. Leave the mixture to cool, allowing it to infuse. Gradually add the oil mixture to the beaten egg yolks and mustard, whisking continually until emulsified. Season with salt.
  5. To serve, place 3 dots of tomato compote and 5 dots of mayonnaise on each plate. Finish by arranging the monkfish portions on the tomato compote and decorate with micro herbs.

Susy Atkins Recommends: ‘ Happily, most dry white wines suit most fish and seafood dishes just fine, but specific matches really shine. For the monk fish, pick a bright, zesty sauvignon blanc from New Zealand or Chile to stand up to the spiced tomato compote and curry mayo.’

The Bath Priory Hotel, Restaurant & Spa, Weston Road, Bath, BA1 2XT

01225 331922

Find this dish and more top chef recipes in The Great British Cookbook, priced from £12. All profits go to Macmillan Cancer Support and Hospitality Action.

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