Easy and quick poached halibut recipe. So delicate and packed with Mediterranean flavors from spices to aromatics and fresh herbs.
Of the fish options out there, Halibut is pretty easy to like. Firm-fleshed and mild in flavor. Plus, it's a good sustainable choice because it's readily available.
I made this poached halibut on a whim, prompted by a great sale on wild Alaskan halibut (you know, I never pass a good sale, especially on wild fish!) Took one bite and decided, everything is alright with the world!
Why this poached halibut recipe works?
Shallow poaching works really well for a fish like halibut. The wine-lemon poaching broth--flavored with onions, garlic, capers, and fresh herbs--imparts great flavor. It takes a quick 8 to 10 minutes for the fish to cook over low heat, and it turns out so delicate and perfectly flaky.
Tip for this poached halibut recipe
Be sure to use a shallow skillet or pan, and select the size carefully. If there is too much or too little space left around the fish, there may be too much or too little liquid, and the fish could over- or under-cook. And you only need to partially cover the fish, just enough to trap a little steam to cook the top, but not so much that the cooking speed rises. Again, you're not looking for over-cooked fish here.
What to serve with this poached halibut?
The wine-lemon poaching broth is a highlight for me, so I make every use of it! I serve the halibut in shallow bowls with plain orzo or Lebanese rice and enough of the poaching broth on top. If nothing else, a piece of crusty bread is perfect to sop up the tasty broth. A bowl of fresh fattoush salad could easily start or end the meal for me.
Easy and quick poached halibut recipe. So delicate and packed with Mediterranean flavors from spices to aromatics and fresh herbs!
For Spice Rub
- 2 lb Halibut fillet (I used wild Alaskan Halibut)
- Private Reserve Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- ½ cup finely chopped red onion
- 7 to 8 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 ½ cup chicken broth
- ½ cup white wine
- 2 large lemons, zested and juiced
- ½ cup chopped fresh parsley
- 10 large basil leaves, gathered together and thinly sliced (chiffonade)
- 1 tbsp capers
- 3 scallions, both white and green parts, chopped
- ¼ cup grated carrots
- In a small bowl, mix all the spices, salt and pepper, to make the spice blend.
- Pat halibut fillet dry, and rub both sides with the spice rub. Set aside at room temperature for a few minutes.
- In a large cast iron skillet like this one, add 1 ½ tbsp extra virgin olive oil to coat the bottom of the skillet. Heat over medium heat until shimmering but not smoking. Add chopped onions, and cook over medium-low heat for 4 minutes, tossing regularly until translucent. Add garlic and cook another 30 seconds.
- Now add the chicken broth, wine, lemon juice, lemon zest, fresh herbs, and capers.
- Bring liquid to a simmer, then reduce heat to low and carefully add the fish in. Cover the skillet loosely with foil or a lid and cook on low for 8 to 10 minutes, or until the fish is opaque and flaky, firm but not dry.
- Remove the skillet from heat. Top the fish with more fresh herbs, capers, grated carrots, and chopped scallions.
- If you cooked the fish in one piece like I did, cut into desired portions and serve in shallow bowls with the lemon-wine poaching liquid. You can simply add crusty bread to sop up the liquid, or serve atop plain orzo or Lebanese rice!
- Recipe notes: Use a shallow skillet or pan, and select the size carefully. If there is too much or too little space left around the fish, there may be too much or too little liquid, and the fish could over- or under-cook. And when you cover the fish to cook, you only need to cover it loosely to trap just enough of the steam to cook the unexposed parts, but not so much that the cooking speed rises. Feel free to strain the poaching broth if you like before serving.
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- Category: Entree
- Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keywords: Mediterranean Halibut recipe
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