Monkfish kebabs with chermoula

Preparation time
over 2 hours
Cooking time
less than 10 mins
Serves 4


By Josh Katz
From Saturday Kitchen

For the kebabs

  • 800g/1lb 12oz monkfish tail, skinned, filleted and cut into 5cm/2in pieces
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 lemon
  • 100ml/3½fl oz olive oil
  • pinch ground cardamom
  • 1 bunch spring onions, white parts and green parts separated and thinly sliced
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the chermoula

  • 2 tbsp finely chopped coriander
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped flatleaf parsley
  • 75ml/2½fl oz olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, grated
  • 3 green chillis, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice

For the caper mayonnaise

  • 100g/3½oz mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp soured cream
  • 1 tbsp capers, drained and rinsed

To serve

  • 1 large baguette, cut into 4, sliced open
  • handful coriander leaves
  • herb salad (optional)


  1. Put the monkfish into a bowl. Grate over the garlic cloves and zest over the lemon. Set the lemon aside.

  2. Add the olive oil, ground cardamom, the white part of the sliced spring onion, salt and pepper and work the marinade into the fish using your hands. Cover the bowl and put into the fridge for 4–6 hours or 1 hour minimum.

  3. To make the chermoula, mix together half of the sliced spring onion greens with the remaining ingredients, apart from the lemon juice. Set aside.

  4. Put the mayonnaise, soured cream and capers into a small bowl and mix well. Season with salt and pepper.

  5. Preheat the barbecue to medium-hot.

  6. Thread the monkfish pieces onto the metal skewers and grill directly over the coals for 4–5 minutes on each side, basting with the marinated juices. The kebabs should be nicely coloured and firm to the touch. The flesh should still be blushing and moist, not dry.

  7. Spread the bottom half of each baguette with the caper mayonnaise.

  8. Carefully remove the monkfish from the skewers and divide between the baguettes, using the bread as a glove to safely handle the hot skewer.

  9. Stir the lemon juice into the chermoula and drizzle over the monkfish sandwiches, so it soaks into the bread.

  10. Garnish with the remaining spring onion and coriander leaves. Serve with the herb salad, if using.