Posted on: August 4, 2021

Recipe – Carrot & Fennel Monkfish Soup

Guest post from Jack Munn @Umami_Jam

Number 3 of the @pesky_fish series is this seasonal monkfish soup using fennel, leaks, carrots, tomatoes, as well as other naughty ingredients to spruce it up. Served with a piece of cheese on toast and you can’t go wrong.

Serves: 2 people

Difficulty: Easy

Prep Time: 5 min

Cook Time: 55 min

Total Time: 1 hr


Olive oil
1 onion
1 leek
1 fennel bulb
1 carrot
4 cloves of garlic
3-4 medium tomatoes
400ml fish stock
180ml dry white wine
1 pinch saffron
100ml double cream
500g-1kg monkfish tail, skinned
Small handful fresh dill


1. Preheat an oven to 180 degrees C. Roughly chop the fennel, onion, carrot, garlic cloves, tomatoes and leeks, place them in a roasting tray, and place in the oven for 45 minutes.

2. Take out of the oven, deglaze with the white wine, and scrape off the sticky brown bits from bottom of the tray for extra flavour. Add 400ml of fish stock, a pinch of saffron, then let bubble away for 10 minutes.

3. Pour the contents into a blender, OR, use a handheld blender to blend everything together till smooth. Add 100ml double cream.

4. Chop the monkfish tail into nice chunks, then stir them into the soup. Boil away for 5 minutes before serving in bowls. Drizzle with more cream, add fresh dill, and serve with a wedge of cheese on toast.