Loin of Monkfish with Vegetable Ragout

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Yield: 4 servings
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2 tablespoons corn oil

4 (8-ounce) pieces monkfish tail (about 2 pounds), cleaned

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

2 tablespoons double-smoked bacon, julienned

4 cups white mushrooms, cut into quarters

1 tablespoon finely chopped garlic

4 tablespoons finely chopped shallots

4 tablespoons chicken stock

16 pencil asparagus tips, blanched

1 cup snow peas, blanched

1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

Fine sea salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. Heat oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. Divide corn oil between 2 (10-inch) nonstick ovenproof skillets. Over high heat, heat oil until just smoking. Place 2 pieces of monkfish in each skillet, and saute until fish is browned on the bottom, about 5 minutes. Turn the fish, and transfer the skillets to the preheated oven. Bake for about 8 minutes, or until a cake tester can be easily inserted into the fish or, when left in the fillet for 5 seconds, is warm to your lip.
  3. In a large enameled pot over medium heat, add butter, bacon, and mushrooms. Cover, and cook for about 4 minutes. Add garlic, shallots, and chicken stock. Reduce heat to low, and cook, covered, about 5 minutes, being careful not to let the liquid evaporate.
  4. Add asparagus, snow peas, and parsley. Saute until just heated through. Season with salt and pepper. Remove from heat, and divide among 4 plates.
  5. Transfer the monkfish from the oven to a cutting board, and slice the pieces into 1/4-inch thick slices; fan over vegetables. Serve immediately.

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