Bacon-wrapped monkfish

Bacon-wrapped monkfish

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(14 ratings)

Ready in 30 mins


Serves 4

Choose dry-cured, thinly sliced bacon for this dish – the crisp texture works well with the firm, meaty monkfish

Nutrition and extra info

  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal258
  • fat18g
  • saturates5g
  • carbs3g
  • sugars1g
  • fibre1g
  • protein22g
  • salt1.27g


  • 400g monkfish tail, sliced into 2 fillets
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves stripped


    This popular herb grows in Europe, especially the Mediterranean, and is a member of the mint…

  • 12 rashers (about 140g/5oz) dry-cure rindless smoked streaky bacon



    Bacon is pork that has been cured one of two ways: dry or wet. It can be bought as both rashers…

  • 2 large tomatoes, halved



    A member of the nightshade family (along with aubergines, peppers and chillies), tomatoes are in…

  • 3-4 tbsp vinaigrette



    A basic oil and vinegar-based salad dressing usually used to dress salads. A good vinaigrette…

  • 225g bag watercress and salad leaves



    With deep green leaves, and crisp, paler stems, watercress is related to mustard and is one of…


  1. Lay 1 monkfish tail fillet on a board, sprinkle with thyme leaves and season. Lay the other fillet on top with tapering tip in the opposite direction, so each end has one thick and one thin end butted together.

  2. Lay the bacon on a board, slightly overlapping and put the monkfish in the centre. Wrap the fish in the rashers so that it holds together quite firmly.

  3. Heat the grill for 3-5 mins. Line the grill pan, lay the monkfish on it, with the bacon joins underneath.

  4. Grill for about 7-10 mins until the bacon starts to crisp, then carefully turn over and cook for another 7-10 mins. At the same time, grill the tomato halves. As soon as the monkfish feels firm when pressed on top, remove and leave to stand for 5 mins. Save any pan juices from the paper and drizzle into the vinaigrette. Cut the monkfish into medallions, slightly on the diagonal. Dress the watercress salad with the vinaigrette and juices and divide between four plates. Place monkfish on top, season with pepper and serve tomatoes alongside. Nice with baby new potatoes.

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Chris Undery's picture
Chris Undery
25th Dec, 2017
Doing this as a Christmas Day starter and serving with a herby garlic and ginger tomato sauce with a bit of watercress leaves. I'm lucky enough to make my own bacon so wrapped it i very thinly sliced oak smoked streaky bacon. Hoping its going to be lovely.
16th Sep, 2014
Made this with frozen white fish fillets (thawed) and it was delicious. Served with mixed salad and kept it really healthy. Will do it with monkfish for a treat.
9th May, 2012
I used one sprig of thyme and followed the rest of the recipe as stated. I enjoyed the dish and will definitely be making again.
23rd Apr, 2012
Cooked this as a main course at 'my come dine with me' evening and was really pleased with the outcome. Very easy to prepare and cook but tastes and looks very good when served. Following advice from other reviews, restricted thyme to half sprig and was enough to add flavour but not overpower this meaty fish. Used taste the difference cured smoked bacon and complimented really well.
20th Apr, 2012
i've never had monkfish before and i have no idea what to serve with this, does any one have any ideas for me?
23rd Mar, 2017
I am cooking lentils to go with it. Just an idea.
20th Apr, 2012
I've never had monkfish and wouldn't know what to serve this with, does anyone have some addvice?
24th Jun, 2011
We used pancetta and absolutely loved the dish, the flavours were great.
5th Dec, 2010
Used a Tesco finest bacon for this and it did not spoil the flavours -but I agree with other comments, that if you do use a cheaper bacon it may overpower the fish. Use the thyme sparingly, but do use it, as it adds to the flavour.
9th Aug, 2010
Lovely dish - served with saffron cream sauce as mentioned above and it was delicious. Needed to use a few more than 12 rashers bacon though - perhaps my fish was too large? Was worried that just cooking it by grilling the bacon wouldn't be enough but the fish was amazing and soft. Have made this twice now and the second time the fish / bacon did split open under the grill but it still worked out OK when served on the plate. Not sure how well it would work in the oven as I thin by the time the bacon would be crispy enough, the fish would be too cooked through.


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