Halibut season started a few weeks ago and I couldn’t resist picking up two exquisite pieces from the seafood counter to celebrate. I recently vowed to cut down on seafood posts as this was starting to feel like the Plenty of Fish online dating website. The reality however is that the majority of my meals contain something from the sea and these fillets were too nice to pass up.
I wanted to coat the halibut with crushed almonds, similar to the pistachio crusted salmon that I made a few weeks ago, but unable to read my own chickenscratch on the crumpled Post-It note, I forgot the almonds, so we improvised with bread crumbs. If you have almonds, I suggest using them crushed, otherwise it was still delicious with the bread crumbs.
Preparation and cook time: 25 minutes
4 small halibut fillets (or 2 large)
1 tbsp dijon mustard
1/3 cup mayonnaise
1 tbsp lemon juice
Dash of paprika
Salt and pepper
1/3 cup bread crumbs mixed with some salt, pepper and 1/2 tsp of oregano (you can even use Shake n Bake if you don’t have bread crumbs)
or instead, 1/2 cup crushed almonds
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F
2. In a small bowl prepare the dijonnaise by whisking together the mustard, mayo and lemon juice.
3. Wash and pat dry the halibut pieces, then drizzle with freshly squeezed lemon. Season with salt, pepper and paprika, then cover the top generously with the dijonnaise sauce prepared.
4. Coat each fillet with approximately 1-2 tbsp of the breadcrumbs, or crushed almonds if you have some, then place the fish uncovered in the oven for 20 minutes or until tops are browned and fish is fully cooked. When ready, it should flake nicely with a fork. Serve with finely chopped mint leaves as garnish, if desired.
April 15th, 2011 at 6:56 am
Mike, halibut is one of my favorite fish to cook, and your post reminded me of my first halibut fishing expedition in Juneau, Alaska. An old wise old friend showed me her favorite recipe which included saltines and bacon fat — Awesome! So I think you were wise to forgo the almonds, halibut can swim on its own.
April 19th, 2011 at 10:56 am
This is a classic preparation, so I have no doubt that it must taste excellently. The crushed almonds sound super tasty, too. Either way I’d be glad to eat at your table.