Meatless Friday: Monkfish with Tomato Olive Tapenade



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You can use any fish you like with the tapenade. Monkfish is a firm, white fish, with a similar texture
and taste to lobster. It would also work with a grilled mahi. This is for two people.

Monkfish with Tomato Olive Tapenade

olive tomato tapenade with fish free to reuse2 pieces monkfish, cleaned
1 large tomato, chopped
½ cup oil cured olives, pitted and chopped
¼ cup diced red onion, chopped
Salt, pepper, olive oil

Salt fish and let it sit for 15 minutes while you prepare the tapenade.
Preheat oven to 350
In a sauté pan, add olive oil to coat, when it’s hot, put in the tomato, olives, and onions. Cook over
medium heat until the tomato releases its juices. (Don’t add salt as the olives are salty.)
Remove from pan.
Wipe salt off fish and pat dry. Re-heat pan, adding olive oil if needed. Sear the fish, 2 or 3 minutes on
each side.
Place fish in baking dish, add tapenade and bake for about 15 minutes until fish is cooked through, but
still moist.

I usually serve it with a green vegetable; if you want a starch with this, mashed potatoes or polenta
would be good.

Copyright 2014 Deanna Bartalini


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Deanna G. Bartalini, is a Catholic writer, speaker, and educator. She and her husband Deacon John have two married children and a grandson. Deanna loves teaching about Catholicism and how it fits into our daily lives. She writes at, serves as the editor of the blog, and is a contributor there as well as at Deanna contributed to A Catholic Mom's Prayer Companion published by Ave Maris Press. She has written “Invite the Holy Spirit into Your Life: Growing in Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness and Self-Control” one book in the series of the Stay Connected Journals for Catholic Women published by Our Sunday Visitor. Deanna is available to lead retreats and speak at catechist and ministry events.

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