Recipe courtesy of Mark Bittman

Monkfish and Mash Potatoes

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 45 min
  • Prep: 15 min
  • Cook: 30 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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1 1/2 pounds Yukon Gold or other all-purpose potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 tablespoons butter

1/4 cup milk, or as needed

Several sprigs fresh thyme

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

3 or 4 cloves garlic, crushed

1 1/2 pounds monkfish, in 1 or 2 pieces, trimmed


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Put potatoes in a saucepan with water to cover. Add a large pinch of salt. Cook potatoes until quite tender, about 15 minutes. Drain and put through a ricer or food mill, or mash with a fork or potato masher. Add butter, milk, a few thyme leaves, and salt and pepper to taste. Keep warm in the oven or reheat in a microwave when ready to serve. 
  2. While potatoes cook, or immediately after they are done, put an ovenproof skillet large enough to accommodate monkfish over medium-high heat. After a minute, add the oil, garlic, a couple of thyme sprigs and then fillets. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook for about a minute, then without turning, transfer to oven. 
  3. Roast until monkfish is cooked through, 8 to 12 minutes depending on its thickness. (It will be tender but still firm when done; a thin-bladed knife will meet consistent light resistance when inserted in its center.) Reheat potatoes if necessary, then serve monkfish browned-side up on top of them, garnished with a little more thyme and pan juices.

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