Recipe courtesy of Michele Urvater

Spiked Monkfish Over Couscous

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  • Total: 30 min
  • Prep: 5 min
  • Cook: 25 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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1/4 cup olive oil

1 onion, finely chopped

2 green bell peppers, finely chopped

4 carrots, thinly sliced

14 oz can plum tomatoes, chopped with juices

1/2 teaspoon each ground cumin, crumbled saffron and hot red pepper

1 1/2 pounds skinless monkfish fillet, cut into 3/4-inch chunks

2 cups fish stock or clam juice

10-ounce box (1 3/4 cups) plain couscous

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

Salt and pepper


  1. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet. Add onions and peppers and saute for about a minute. Cover and cook until onions are tender, about 5 minutes. Add the carrots, tomatoes and their juices, cumin, saffron and crushed pepper. Cover and cook until carrots are tender, about 5 minutes
  2. Add chick peas and monkfish. Cover and simmer until fish is cooked through, about 10 minutes While fish is cooking, bring fish stock to a boil. Add couscous and immediately remove from heat. Let couscous steep about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and add butter; season to taste with salt and pepper. Ladle couscous in a bowl and ladle soupy monkfish stew over the top.