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Pan-roasted halibut gets paired with a lively sauce of lime juice, cilantro, garlic, and a little bit of jalapeño. Lots of flavor with very little effort.
This is a fish recipe for the lazy person. Or maybe, it’s for the person who has had a long day and needs/wants a light, healthy, and delicious meal without too much work (which is me most nights).
We have fish almost once a week at our house because it’s just so easy. Start with a really fresh piece of fish and you don’t have to do much to it. This week the halibut was the freshest but any firm, mild white fish (such as cod) would work.
This recipe has big flavors with very little effort. The most work you will have to do is chopping ingredients for the sauce. You can even throw all the ingredients for the sauce into a food processor for even less work.
For this go around, I first pan seared the halibut and then finished cooking it by roasting it in the oven. You can skip the pan sear if you’re not feeling up to it. I’ll admit that just oven roasting won’t get the same golden brown exterior that searing will. However, there are just some nights when none of us want to deal with hot spattering oil and the extra clean-up afterwards that pan searing entails. Remember, this recipe is for the lazy and/or tired person. If you’re feeling ambitious or if grilling is how you relax, grab your favorite skillet or light the grill to cook the fish.
That’s it. Now, pour yourself a glass of wine, enjoy a great meal, relax, and have a fabulous weekend.
Pan roasted halibut gets paired with a lively sauce of lime juice, cilantro, garlic, and a little bit of jalapeño. Lots of flavor with very little effort.
For the sauce
- 1/2 small jalapeño pepper, seeds and ribs removed, then minced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
- 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
For the fish
- 4 ( 1/4 to 1/3 pound) halibut fillets, skin removed if desired
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
For the sauce
- Make sauce. In a small bowl, whisk together minced jalapeño, garlic, cilantro, lime juice, salt, and olive oil until well blended (see Note 1). Set aside.
For the fish
- Prep oven. Heat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Prep fish. Pat halibut fillets dry with paper towels. Then season fillets on both sides with salt and pepper.
- Sear fish. Heat olive olive in a large oven-safe skillet over medium-high heat until oil just begins to smoke. Carefully add fillets to the skillet with skin-side facing up. Allow the fish to sear (without moving them) until the underside is golden brown, 4 to 5 minutes. Flip the fish, turn off heat, and transfer the pan to the oven.
- Roast fish. Roast fillets in oven until just cooked through and flesh is opaque, about 7-10 minutes.
- Enjoy. Serve roasted halibut topped with cilantro-lime sauce.
- You can skip the hand mincing and chopping by putting all the sauce ingredients into a food processor and pulsing until everything is evenly chopped.
- Recipe adapted from the Williams-Sonoma Outdoor Cooking cookbook.
Keywords: white fish recipe, halibut recipe