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Cheeky monkfish and pork with samphire, salsa verde and garlic aioli

monkfish and pork Cheek with Samphire and Garlic Aioli

This cheeky monkfish and pork dish has been made with ingredients bought from various stalls at Borough Market. Follow along with the recipe in this video. You can also have a look at the day some of our chefs had at the marketĀ here.



  1. Put a splash of oil in a hot oven-proof pan
  2. Place your pork cheeks in the dish fat side down, add some IbƩrico pork fat and cook till golden brown. Then turn them over and seal them slightly
  3. Remove the cheeks from the pan and add your carrots, celery and onion
  4. Add a pinch of salt, the garlic, the herbs, some smoked paprika, the wine and the tomato puree. Reduce this mix slightly over the heat
  5. Add the beans and tinned tomatoes
  6. Place the pork cheeks back in the pan and add the stock
  7. Bring to a simmer then put in the oven at 150Āŗc for 1.5 hours


  1. Add the eggs, saffron, mustard and garlic to a blender
  2. While blending, add the vinegar
  3. Slowly add the olive oil and then the rapeseed oil. It will start to thicken and become a mayonnaise-like consistency


  1. Roughly chop all ingredients and put them into a bowl
  2. Add a pinch of salt
  3. Add the vinegar
  4. Add the olive oil and mix together


  1. Remove the skin from the cheeks
  2. Place on a cloth in the fridge for half an hour to dry out
  3. Add some oil to a hot pan and give the monkfish cheeks a good season with salt
  4. Place the cheeks in the pan and press them down so they don’t curl
  5. Cook for a minute each side
  6. Add a spoon of the IbƩrico fat into the pan with some rosemary and use the fat to spoon over the fish

You can plate this dish individually or serve it family dinner style.