Rape al Limon - Fish in Lemon Sauce

Rape al Limon - Fish in Lemon Sauce
Rape al Limon - Fish in Lemon Sauce (c) 2007 L. Sierra Licensed to About.com.
  • Total: 40 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 30 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
744 Calories
27g Fat
123g Carbs
2g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 744
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 27g 35%
Saturated Fat 4g 19%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 303mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate 123g 45%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Protein 2g
Calcium 94mg 7%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This recipe originates in the region of Valencia, which is known for its high quality and abundant citrus fruit. Oranges and lemons are not only enjoyed as fresh fruit, but are used extensively in cooking desserts as well as fish and meat dishes.

Although this recipe’s title calls for rape or monkfish, it may be as hard to find in your area as it is in Northern California supermarkets! So, we successfully substituted bass for the monkfish. Substitute any solid white fish.


  • 1 large clove garlic
  • 1/2 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • dash salt
  • dash pepper
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1 1/4 lbs. monkfish (or other solid white fish)
  • 1/2 cup olive oil (for frying, more or less as needed)
  • 2 tbsp capers
  • Optional: 1 lemon (sliced, for garnish)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.
  2. In a large frying pan with a heavy bottom, fry fish in approximately 1/4-inch olive oil, browning on both sides.
  3. While the fish is frying, make the lemon sauce. Grate the lemon rind onto a plate. Juice the lemon. Set both aside.
  4. Peel and crush garlic in a mortar and pestle and add the lemon rind, salt and pepper and mix, making a paste. Add lemon juice and stir.
  5. Pour the lemon sauce and wine into the frying pan with the fish. Turn down fish and allow to simmer on low until the sauce is reduced a bit.
  6. Add capers to the pan and stir. Turn off heat. Remove fish from pan and place on plates. Spoon sauce over the fish and serve with rice or fried potatoes.