Monk Fish Bites with Tartar Sauce

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Better than the chippy! These delicious Monk Fish Bites with Tartar Sauce are perfect for a Friday night in, even if you are calorie counting or following plans like Weight Watchers.

There is something very indulgent about these Monk Fish Bites with Tartar Sauce. Tartar sauce is an absolute favourite of ours here at Pinch of Nom, and this recipe is super-quick to make and low in calories.

Make sure all the ingredients are finely chopped before mixing them to make the perfect dipping sauce.

These Monk Fish Bites with Tartar Sauce would make a perfect sharing starter for a meal. You could even have them as part of a warm party buffet! This recipe would work well with any white fish, so long as it has a firm texture.

What diets are these Monk Fish Bites with Tartar Sauce suitable for?

This dish can be made gluten free as long as you swap out the following ingredients for gluten free versions:

  • Wholemeal bread

Please make sure to double and triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.

Do you need any special ingredients to make Monk Fish Bites with Tartar Sauce?

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These Monk Fish Bites cook really well in the Brevile Halo. However, they would cook just as well in the oven. If you fancy trying a Breville Halo, you can pick one up on Amazon.

If you do cook in the oven, make sure you place them onto some grease proof paper to avoid them sticking, and spray well with low calorie cooking spray.

How many calories are in these Monk Fish Bites with Tartar Sauce?

There are 371 calories per portion in these Monk Fish Bites with Tartar Sauce, which means it falls into our Everyday Light category.

These Monk Fish Bites with Tartar Sauce are perfect if you’re following a calorie controlled diet and fits well with any one of the major diet plans such as Weight Watchers.

As a guide, an average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) a day to maintain a healthy body weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal (8,400kJ) a day. Obviously, if your goal is to lose weight then you might want to adjust these slightly! You can read more about these recommendations on the NHS website.

Monk Fish Bites with Tartar Sauce

Better than the chippy! Monk Fish Bites with Tartar Sauce – perfect Friday night even if you are calorie counting or following plans like Weight Watchers.
  • Prep Time
    10 MINS
  • Cook Time
    15 MINS
  • KCals 371
  • Carbs 6G
  • WW Points:
  • 5 Green
  • 4 Blue
  • 4 Purple


Monk Fish Bites

  • 600 g monk fish (or other firm white fish)
  • 60 g wholemeal bread
  • 1 tbsp cornflour
  • 1 egg

Tartar Sauce

  • 2 tbsp lightest mayonaise
  • 1 pickled gerkin finely diced
  • 1 shallot finely diced
  • 1 tbsp capers finely chopped
  • 4 tbsp pickling liquor from the gherkin jar
  • 1 tsp fresh dill finely chopped

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Monk fish bites
  1. Cut the monk fish into 20 bite sized pieces. Blitz the bread into coarse bread crumbs. Place the cornflour into one bowl and the bread crumbs into another bowl. Beat the egg in another dish.
  2. Dip each piece of fish into the cornflour then egg, then bread crumbs and place onto the grill tray in the Halo (or onto a baking tray if using an oven). Cook for 15 minutes until the fish is cooked and crispy (15 minutes in the oven also, set to 180 degrees).
Tartar sauce
  1. Place all of the ingredients into a bowl and mix well. If you want your tartar sauce more sharp, add some more of the vinegar from the gerkin jar - you can use white wine vinegar but the pickling liquor has much more flavour!

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DebbieThursday 1st April 2021

Please can you add egg to the ingredients list? I shopped off the ingredients list and I don’t have an egg! 🤷🏼‍♀️


    HollyTuesday 6th April 2021

    Hey Debbie, so sorry about that, I have now amended the recipe to list the egg in the ingredients list


Colin SmithWednesday 10th March 2021

Made these for the first time but I used a mixture of fish Samon cod etc that I would normally use for a fish pie and they went down a treat with some spicy potato wedges made twice the amount of tartar sauce to dip the wedges in.
It was absolutely delicious


    HollyWednesday 10th March 2021

    Hi Colin, that sounds great, so glad you enjoyed this recipe!


Niamh QuigleyThursday 4th February 2021

Can you freeze these?


    LisaWednesday 10th February 2021

    Hi, Niamh
    You can but freezing and reheating can dry them out, so we think they are best served fresh.


Katherine WeaverWednesday 29th April 2020

Could I use Cod instead of monkfish in this?


    Sharon FitzpatrickWednesday 6th May 2020

    Hi Katherine, yes, you can use cod or any other firm white fish in this recipe.


StaceyWednesday 24th January 2018

How long does the tartar sauce last for if its kept in the fridge?


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