Recipe of the Week: Monkfish with Ratatouille


Servings: Makes 4 servings.


  • 1 pound eggplant, cut into 1-inch cubes (3 cups)
  • 1 medium-large zucchini, cut into 1-inch pieces (2 cups)
  • 1 large bell pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces (1 1/2 cups)
  • 1 onion, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 4 teaspoon olive oil, divided
  • 2 tablespoon finely chopped fresh thyme (or 1 teaspoon dried)
  • Vegetable oil cooking spray
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped garlic
  • 1 jar (14 ounces) prepared marinara sauce
  • 4 monkfish fillets (about 6 ounces each)
  • 3 tablespoon finely chopped fresh basil (plus leaves for garnish)
  • 2 tablespoon drained capers


Heat oven to 450°F. Toss eggplant, zucchini, bell pepper and onion with 2 teaspoon oil in a bowl. Add thyme; season with salt and pepper and toss again. Coat a shallow baking pan with cooking spray. Arrange vegetables on pan and roast until tender, about 20 minutes. Stir in garlic and marinara. Cover loosely with foil and roast 10 minutes more. Remove pan from oven. Stir in chopped basil. Rub fillets with remaining 2 teaspoon oil; season with salt and pepper. Nestle fish in vegetables; cover loosely with foil. Bake until fish is just cooked through, about 10 minutes. Top with basil leaves and capers.

Nutritional Information:

Nutritional analysis per serving: 286 calories, 9.9 g fat (1.7 g saturated) – don’t worry this is the good fat from the fish!

This recipe is from SELF, February 2008.


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One Response to Recipe of the Week: Monkfish with Ratatouille
  1. Mahmud
    January 27, 2008 | 3:53 pm

    You know something, these recipe’s seem much easier to cook than it really is!

    Why can’t they be as easy to understand and comprehend like a DIY manual on how to make a table, or chair, or anything else you can buy and assemble from IKEA?!

    Marinara sauce?! What the flip is that?

    It’s like believing that a person will easily understand when you say to them,

    “While using a 0.9 hex/zeta key, otherwise known as an Allen Key, provide 3N/m^2 of torsion at the fastener’s cap end whilst holding the other end with a pozidriv [sic] screw driver in order to affix the board to the corner post effectively”

    …and then not showing them a picture of all the relevant parts and the intended action.

    Ahem, so what I was trying to actually say – I errr like these recipes but they are not always that easy to follow.


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