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Monkfish curry just plain gets it!

I’m a big fan of monkfish. In fact I wasn’t sure if I should cook it into a curry the first time I did.

I needn’t have worried. This monkfish curry is one of my all time favourite curry house style curries.

If you’re looking for something really different and better than you’ll find on most curry house menus, this is one you’ve got to try.

monkfish curry

Any firm white fish can be used in this curry.


You will need to make my base curry sauce before starting this recipe. You could try the small portion which is enough for this recipe or the large batch which will make many curries.

Once you’ve mastered the quick and easy art of making curry sauce, you’ll be eating like this all the time! 

With that magic base sauce, you can throw this together very quickly without having to chop onions or anything else for that matter. 

It is also a good idea to get your ingredients together before starting cooking. This makes everything a lot easier.


Monkfish curry is one of the fastest BIR curries to make

Monkfish is a delicious and meaty fish. The sauce, however is great with many other seafood varieties. 

Mussels, clams, seabass… you name it, it will probably be really good. 

Seafood cooks really quickly so there is no need to pre-cook it as in other restaurant style curries. Be sure to watch it carefully. You just want to cook the monkfish through. Perfect monkfish curry every time!


You could serve this delicious curry on its own or together some of the other British Indian restaurant (BIR) curries on my site.

There is so much lovely flavour in the curry you won’t need anything else but a portion of fluffy white rice or chapati and perhaps a good cold beer or two to wash it down.

To make this monkfish curry recipe easier, I have included step by step photos of the cooking process below. 

Adding garlic and ginger paste to the pan

Heat the oil over medium high heat in the pan and then stir in the garlic and ginger paste.

Adding spices to pan

Stir in the ground spices.

Stirring in the tomato puree

Stir in the tomato puree and bring to a rolling simmer.

Adding base sauce to pan

Stir in a ladle or so of the base sauce and bring to simmer. Add more when your curry is looking dry.

Adding monkfish to the pan

Now stir in the monkfish and ensure it is coated with the bubbling sauce.

Stirring the coconut milk into the pan

Add the coconut milk and stir well.

Monkfish curry

Add the kasoori methi (dried fenugreek) leaves and coriander (cilantro) and stir these in.

monkfish curry restaurant style

See the crusty bit around the edges? This is caramelised base sauce. Scrape and stir this in for fantastic flavour.

If you like the look of this restaurant style monkfish curry recipe, you might like to try some of these too…

Seafood curry
Easy monkfish curry (no base)
Easy prawn curry
Keralan fish curry
Prawn Pathia – restaurant style

monkfish curry

So good with an ice cold beer!

The finished curry

Dig in!

Yield: 2

How To Make Monkfish Curry Just Like They Do At The Fancy Indian Restaurants

monkfish curry
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 2 tablespoons ghee or vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp garlic and ginger paste
  • 1/2 - 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tbsp mixed powder
  • 70ml (1/4 cup) tomato puree
  • 300ml (1 1/4 cup) heated curry sauce - Here is how I make mine
  • 300g (11 oz) monkfish cut into pieces
  • 60ml (scant 1/4 cup) thick coconut milk
  • 1 tsp dried fenugreek leaves (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • 2 tbsp chopped coriander (cilantro)
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon (optional)
  • Salt to taste


  1. Heat the ghee/oil in a frying pan.
  2. Stir in the garlic and ginger paste and let it sizzle for about 30 seconds.
  3. Pour in the turmeric, cumin, coriander powder, red chilli powder and mixed powder.
  4. Allow to sizzle for about twenty seconds and then add the tomato puree.
  5. Let these fry for a further 30 seconds and then add 1 to 2 ladles of base curry sauce. Only stir if the base sauce is sticking to the pan. The base will caramelise to the sides of the pan as it cooks. Stir this back in for additional flavour. Add more base sauce whenever your curry is looking dry.
  6. Add the monkfish pieces and coat then with the sauce to cook through.
  7. Allow to cook for 3 to 5 minutes until the fish is cooked through and the curry sauce is hot. Stir in the coconut milk.
  8. Check for seasoning and sprinkle with salt to taste.
  9. Squeeze the lemon/lime juice (if using) over the top and garnish with freshly chopped coriander and garam masala. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 580Total Fat: 52gSaturated Fat: 31gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 33mgSodium: 540mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 3gSugar: 17gProtein: 5g

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I hope you enjoy this monkfish curry. If you do give it a try, please leave a comment. I’d love to hear from you.



Monday 5th of February 2024

Hi Dan. I've just ordered your Curry Bible book but I wanted to make this tonight. I was looking at your recipe for the curry house mixed spice and I have all those but I'm a bit confused when you say 'curry powder' in the recipe. What is this made up of please?

Dan Toombs

Friday 9th of February 2024

Thanks for buying my book. Just use your favourite curry powder, any will do. Dan


Saturday 11th of June 2022

Brilliant, just made this, was absolutely full of flavour and really easy to cook.

Caroline Toombs

Tuesday 14th of June 2022

Thanks very much for letting me know, I love that recipe too. Dan

Chris Phillips

Tuesday 16th of March 2021

I just made this and turned out really good. Made a few changes though as I added more heat in extra hot chilli powder. Also I mixed monkfish, cod, prawns and squid and it was really good so thanks for the recipe.

I also added fennel to the base sauce and I guess you can put any vegetables in there? Diluted it with homemade fish stock which was perfect for a seafood curry!

Which book are the recipes for these in- the chicken tikka, lamb vindaloo etc. I would like to get that to try some more and I think I might get the Thai one to try those too.


Dan Toombs

Thursday 18th of March 2021

I am glad you enjoyed the monkfish curry, great to make changes to suit your own taste. Sounds great with fennel, good idea. The Curry Guy Bible has most of the popular recipes in it like tikka and vindaloo but the monkfish curry one is just online. My Thai book is out 15 April but available now for pre order on Amazon. Thanks Dan

Spencer Leak

Saturday 23rd of January 2021

Hi Dan - what is the ‘mixed powder’ you refer to in the e ingredients please.

Many Thanks


Dan Toombs

Tuesday 26th of January 2021

Mixed powder is widely available in Asian shops inexpensively or you could make your own. If you really can't get any use curry powder. Thanks Dan


Thursday 3rd of December 2020

How many Calories is in this?

Dan Toombs

Friday 4th of December 2020

Hi I am afraid I don't have the calorie information. Thanks Dan

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