Food & dining

Recipe: The Daily Catch’s Monkfish Marsala

Serves 2 or 3

This one skillet recipe has few ingredients but requires the cook’s attention. It has the richness of chicken Marsala with the lightness of a fish dish. If you intend to serve over pasta, you might stretch the sauce by adding (at the end) a few drops of water from the pasta pot.

1pound monkfish, cleaned, trimmed and cut into ¼-inch thick medallions
Salt and pepper to taste
½cup all-purpose flour
2tablespoons canola or olive oil
cups sweet Marsala wine
8white button mushrooms, sliced ¼-inch thick
½lemon, for squeezing
2tablespoons butter
1tablespoon Italian parsley, chopped

1. Place large skillet over medium-high heat with oil.

2. Season monkfish with salt and pepper on both sides and dredge in flour. Shake off excess.

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3. Sear in hot pan. Cook until browned, approximately 1-2 minutes. Once browned and caramelized, flip monkfish medallions.

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4. Add mushrooms and cook for 1 minute more or until oil is soaked up and mushrooms show a little color.

5. Remove pan from heat and add Marsala wine. Return to heat. Ignite the wine and flambé until alcohol burns off.

6. Squeeze lemon juice into pan, being sure not to let seeds get into the sauce. Continue cooking on medium-high heat until wine has reduced.

7. Add butter, half of parsley, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Reduce heat to low. Gently stir as butter melts into sauce. Once all butter has melted, turn off heat. Garnish with remaining parsley. Adapted from The Daily Catch