a celebration of north east seafood

seagate, peterhead harbour

9th september 2023
11:00 - 16:00


There was a sale today at Peterhead fish market, so I went to see what the catch was.


PETERHEAD IS Home to Europe’s largest fish market, the port sees large amounts of mackerel, cod and haddock landed from its diverse fishing fleet out in the North Sea.


Monkfish with tomato, ginger and garlic


  • vegetable oil
  • 2 banana shallots
  • 60g of fresh ginger
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • 1 small red chilli
  • 1 1/2 tbsp of tomato paste
  • 3 tbsp of white wine
  • 75g of unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 tbsp of coriander
  • 1 1/2 tbsp of parsley
  • 12 plum tomatoes
  • pepper
  • 2 monkfish fillets
  • olive oil
  • 1 knob of butter
  • salt
  • black pepper
  • 1 dash of lemon juice


  1. For the sauce, place a large saucepan over a medium heat and add the oil. Cook the shallots, garlic, ginger and chilli until soft but not coloured. Add the tomato paste and white wine, cook for a further 3 minutes
  2. Add the tomatoes, parsley, coriander and butter to the pan and gently simmer until the sauce thickens. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Remove from the heat and set aside
  3. For the monkfish, place a large frying pan over a medium to high heat and add enough olive oil to coat the base of the pan. Add a knob of butter. As soon as the butter begins to sizzle, add the monkfish fillets to the pan, season and then cook until golden on one side
  4. Flip the monkfish over and turn the heat right down. Cook for a further 2 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and season the fish with the salt, pepper and lemon juice to taste
  5. To serve, reheat the tomato sauce and divide evenly between 4 dishes. Place the monkfish on top of the sauce and serve immediately.
Recipe by Shaun Hill
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