Friday, March 13, 2020

Lemon Garlic Monkfish, plus #GIVEAWAY

While nobody in Murder at the Taffy Shop prepared this, Mac Almeida's boyfriend Tim might have. It's an easy and quick dinner. No monkfish? No worries! Use another firm fish.

Lemon Garlic Monkfish

Serves 2


1 lb. monkfish fillets
2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsp. lemon juice
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp. fresh dill
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
2 tbsp. butter
1 tbsp. capers


In a small bowl, whisk olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, dill, salt, and freshly ground pepper together. 

Combine monkfish fillets with marinade in a sealable plastic bag. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Heat butter in a cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. 

Pan-fry monkfish fillets along with marinade for five minutes on each side, or until the color turns from translucent white to solid white. Avoid browning by lowering the heat if necessary.

Place skillet with fillets in oven for ten minutes to seal flavors. Remove, top with capers, and serve with grains, legumes, pasta, or a vegetable medley.

I served it with orzo tossed in olive oil.

My next book is Murder at the Taffy Shop, which comes out March 31 in an exclusive paperback deal from Barnes & Noble and is the second Cozy Capers Book Group Mystery. I'm having a long rolling 20th book birthday party on Facebook with twenty guest authors and giveaways every day trhough the 31st.. I hope you'll stop by.

What's your favorite fish dish? Or seafood? I'll send one commenter an ARC of the new book!

I hope you'll visit my alter-ego Edith Maxwell and me on our web site, sign up for our monthly newsletter, visit us on social media, and check our all our books and short stories.

Maddie Day (aka Edith Maxwell) is a talented amateur chef and holds a PhD in Linguistics from Indiana University. An Agatha-nominated and bestselling author, she is a member of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America and also writes award-winning short crime fiction. She lives with her beau north of Boston, where she’s currently working on her next mystery when she isn’t cooking up something delectable 


  1. My favourite seafood is ANYTHING with shrimp. Or prawns. Or scallops.

  2. My favorite seafood is oysters! But, I like most seafood. I don't think I have eaten monkfish, though.
    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

  3. I like most seafood. When we’re out I usually order shrimp or calamari since my boyfriend can’t have shrimp and I’m the only one really likes calamari.
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

  4. Hubby and I love fish - fixed any way and any kind. Thanks for the delicious sounding recipe. We eat a lot of cod and the basic baked is what we fix the most. Love all kinds of seafood but have to say king crab is one of my favorites.

    Been fortunate enough to have read MURDER AT THE TAFFY SHOP and LOVED it. So not entering the contest. :) Whoever is the fortunate one that wins it, is definitely in for a treat.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  5. Parmesan crusted tilapia is my favorite.

    1. I forgot to include this with my comment.

  6. welcome. what a wonderful cover. i personally don't like fish. but my husband does. he likes tilapia grilled with lemon slices on top. he likes shrimp cold on salads and in things like Alfredo sauce over noodles. he likes fish tacos. you get the idea. but this one he may really love. i tend to make big batches and freeze them so he can pull out what he wants when he wants them. works for both of us.
    quilting lady 2 at comcast dot net

  7. I love Cioppino. And particularly adore eating it throughout the summer.
    little lamb lst at yahoo dot ocm

  8. Sorry about the pictures, everybody! They were there earlier. Blogger has been plaguing us this week. Write to me at and I'll email them to you.

  9. My favorite seafood is lobster, crab legs and shrimp. I'm also a big fan of lake perch.

  10. I love seafood! Tuna, salmon, shrimp, cod, tilapia, anything. Will definitely be trying this.

  11. Sounds good. Always looking for another way to prepare fish. Favorites are salmon and tuna. Tilapia too but seems to be controversy about whether it's good or bad. Congrats on the upcoming release and thanks for the giveaway.

  12. I love salmon and shrimp. Congrats on the new book! Thanks for a chance to win.

  13. For some reason most of the photos are not coming through. And the Facebook link is misbehaving, again!

    Monkfish reminds of a classic Julia Child's show where she had a whole monkfish. It was gigantic! If I remember correctly she had quite an interaction with the fish.

    libbydodd at comcast dot net

    1. Correction--the FB link didn't work and then it did.

  14. Crabmeat-stuffed flounder (my old favorite at Red Lobster) is my favorite. Thanks for the chance to win! jeaniedannheim (at) ymail (dot) com

  15. I love crabmeat stuffed lobster. doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

  16. I am happy with a mild white fish, along with shrimp, crab, and in my younger days lobster. lol! I love Maddie Day aka Edith Maxwell. Her Quaker Midwife series is my favorite. robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com

  17. I like fish cooked in a Cajun style, like blackened redfish. Or I like almost anything with shrimp.

    1. Kara, picked you as the winner of Murder at the Taffy Shop! Please check your email. Congratulations!

  18. Cod steamed with ginger, scallions, and soy sauce.

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

  19. I like shrimp and prawns! lindaherold999(at)gmail(dot)com

  20. Kara Marks is our randomly selected winner. Congratulations, Kara - please check your email. Thanks to all who commented - you've given me ideas for more seafood dishes!