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Poor man's lobster with thermidor sauce.

Poor Man's Lobster with Thermidor Sauce

Chunks of monkfish smothered in a white, wine, cream and cheese sauce then grilled.
4.94 from 15 votes
Prep Time 8 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 18 mins
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine French
Servings 4
Calories 535 kcal


  • Frying pan or skillet
  • Measuring jug
  • wooden spoon


  • 1 kg monkfish
  • 3 tablespoon butter
  • 2 shallots chopped
  • 400 ml fish stock
  • 100 ml dry white wine
  • 200 ml double cream heavy
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 3 tablespoon parsley chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt to taste
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 50 g Parmesan grated


  • Place the fish on a board and use a sharp knife to cut down either side of the backbone to form 2 fillets, then chop the fish into bite sized chunks.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon of the butter in a frying pan and add the fish pieces. Cook over a medium heat for about 3 minutes until the fish is just opaque.
  • Divide the fish between four ovenproof dishes.
  • Heat the remaining butter then add the chopped shallots and cook over a medium heat, stirring occasionally for 5 minutes until they are softened.
  • Pour in the stock, wine and cream then bring to a simmer.
  • Let the sauce gently bubble and reduce by half.
  • Stir in the mustard, half of the cheese and parsley.
  • Check the seasoning then add pepper and salt to taste.
  • Divide the thermidor sauce between the dishes and sprinkle over the remaining cheese.
  • Preheat the grill to medium and grill for about 4 minutes until the top is golden and crusty.


The nutritional information provided is approximate and is calculated using online tools. Information can vary depending on various factors, but we have endeavoured to be as accurate as possible.


Calories: 535kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 44gFat: 35gSaturated Fat: 20gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 162mgSodium: 1257mgPotassium: 1219mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 1454IUVitamin C: 8mgCalcium: 246mgIron: 2mg
Keyword lobster, monkfish, poor man's lobster, thermidor
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