Monkfish with mustard seeds & curry leaves


Recently I made tandoori snapper using a Rick Stein recipe and wanted to try an idea for skewered monkfish inspired by the cooking method.


I blitzed together a few ingredients I fancied – including mustard seeds, hot chillis and curry leaves – with a little low fat (yep still on a healthkick!) yoghurt and smothered this all over some rather beautiful monkfish that had briefly sat in a marinade of turmeric, chilli powder and lemon juice.

All whizzed up

Served with a cinnamon & nigella seed carrot salad and cauliflower roasted with fennel and caraway seeds, this was a tasty and healthy dinner perfect for a lazy Saturday. The marinade was pretty pungent thanks to the mustard and chilli, and the curry leaves are definitely (and happily!) noticeable in the finished dish.

In goes the monkfish

You will need:

For the yoghurt paste:
1 heaped tbspn natural low fat yoghurt
1 tspn yellow mustard seeds
1 tspn black mustard seeds
1 green finger chilli
Around 10 small curry leaves
2 crushed cloves of garlic
2 spring onions, finely sliced
1/2 tspn salt

For the fish:
1/2 tspn salt
1 tbspn turmeric
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1 tspn chilli powder
1 large monkfish tail (about 280g), bone removed and cut into 8-10 decent sized chunks
You’ll also need 2 skewers – I used soaked wooden ones



1 – Preheat the oven as hot as it will go and soak a couple of wooden skewers to avoid burning them
2 – Use a mortar and pestle to grind down the mustard seeds a little then tip them into a bowl along with the other ingredients for the yoghurt paste and blend using a stick blender
3 – Mix the fish chunks together with the other ingredients for the fish and set aside for 5 minutes then transfer the marinated fish to the paste; mix well and leave for another 5-10 minutes
4 – When ready to cook, pierce the fish along the skewers and transfer to a wire rack sat above a large baking tray to catch drips; place this in the top of the oven and bake fiercely for around 8 minutes until cooked through


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