Cured monkfish with ginger dressing

Tim Barnes, head chef at Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen in Port Isaac, shares his recipe for cured monkfish with a ginger and spring onion dressing

Serves 4

You will need

Monkfish loin 300g, skin, sinew and bone removed
Cornish sea salt 250g
Caster sugar 250g
Rosemary leaves 2 sprigs
Fresh ginger juice 20ml (from 100g fresh ginger, peeled)
Extra virgin olive oil 100ml
White wine vinegar 40ml
Spring onions 2, finely sliced
Dill 1 tbsp, freshly chopped
Greek style yogurt 40g
Salt to season


  1. For the cure: blitz the salt, sugar and rosemary until the rosemary is finely chopped.
  2. Coat the monkfish loin in the cure and leave for 2 hours in the fridge.
  3. Wash the cure off under cold running water. Pat dry and leave in the fridge uncovered to dry for 15 minutes before wrapping tightly in clingfilm and forming a cylinder by rolling both ends of the clingfilm.
  4. Freeze for 12 hours to set firm.
  5. Allow the monkfish to defrost for 10 minutes, unwrap the clingfilm, then finely slice with a very sharp knife or food slicer. Lay the slices on cold plates overlapping each slice slightly until the plate is covered.
  6. To make the dressing: blitz the freshly peeled ginger for 30 seconds. Squeeze all of the pulp and juice through some muslin cloth, so you are left with ginger juice.
  7. Mix the ginger juice, olive oil and white wine vinegar in a bowl to combine. Add a small pinch of salt to season if required. Give a vigorous whisk just before serving, add the spring onions and dill.
  8. Spoon the dressing over the monkfish slices, coating all of the fish.
  9. Pipe or spoon some of the yogurt over to finish.


may, 2024


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