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Walnut Grove Recipes

Thai Style Monkfish Soup

Serves 4

  • 2 sticks lemon grass
  • 50g ginger
  • 25g galangal
  • 1 small red chilli - hot!
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 spring onion
  • 200g monkfish
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1 cube chicken bouillon
  • 500ml fish stock
  • 1 tbs coriander, chopped
  • 400ml coconut milk
  • 1tsp castor sugar


1. Finely chop the lemon grass, chilli & spring onion, crush the garlic and grate the galangal and ginger. Chop the monkfish into cubes around 2cm square, set aside.

2. Heat a heavy based saucepan, add the olive oil, lemon grass, chilli, spring onion, garlic, galangal and ginger to the saucepan.

3. Gently fry for around 3mins over a medium heat then add the fish stock and half a chicken bouillon cube. Bring to the boil and reduce gently by half, then add the coconut milk. Season to taste, add more of the chicken bouillon if necessary.

4 . Bring to a simmer, add chopped monkfish & sugar and simmer for a further couple of minutes until the monkfish is just cooked.

5. Add the chopped coriander and serve!

Serving Suggestions

This is a fantastic starter, or a lovely lunch. Homemade bread would be a good accompaniment.

Advanced Preparation

This is best made the day before to allow the flavors to infuse. When re-heating be careful not to overcook the fish.

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