Monkfish and Mussel Chowder

, from Issue #14. September, 2015
Photography by Minka Firth.
Monkfish and Mussel Chowder

Serves: 4-6


1 kilo mussels
1 cup white wine
500 grams monkfish or other firm white fish, cut into chunks
1 tablespoon olive oil
50 grams butter
1 onion, finely chopped
1 leek, finely sliced
2 stalks celery, finely sliced
3 cloves garlic, crushed
¼ cup flour
½ teaspoon salt
4 cups fish or vegetable stock
300 grams waxy potatoes, diced 1 cm
2 tablespoons chopped flat leaf parsley
2 tablespoons fish sauce
1 lemon


Scrub the mussels to remove any barnacles and pull off the beard with a downward tug.

Put the white wine and the mussels in a pan over a high heat and cover. Remove the mussels as they open and set aside. Discard any that don’t open. Strain the cooking liquor through a fine sieve and reserve.

Roughly chop the meat, reserving 4 mussels in their shells for garnish.

Heat the olive oil and butter in a sauté pan and gently cook the shallots, leek, celery and the garlic until tender. Add the flour and salt and stir to make a smooth roux. Cook for 2 minutes then whisk in the reserved cooking liquor and the stock. Add the potatoes and simmer until tender.

Add the fish and simmer until it is just cooked then stir in the mussels, flat leaf parsley, fish sauce and lemon juice to taste. Season with a grind of pepper and add salt to taste only if needed.