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. In this recipe, roasted halibut gets paired with a lively sauce of lime juice, cilantro, garlic, and a little bit of jalapeño. It’s big flavors with very little effort. The most work you will have to do is chopping ingredients for the sauce. I have made the sauce many times over the years including while camping at the beach so I can attest to how easy it is. This week the halibut was the freshest but any firm, mild white fish (such as cod) would work.
For this recipe, I roasted the halibut in the oven rather than pan searing it on the stovetop. I’ll admit that oven roasting won’t get the same golden brown exterior that searing will. However, there are just some nights when I can’t deal with hot spattering oil and the extra clean-up afterwards that pan searing requires. Remember, this recipe is for the lazy and/or tired person. If you’re feeling ambitious or if grilling is how you relax, feel free to grab your favorite skillet or to light the grill to cook the fish.
While the halibut is roasting, you can prepare a simple side salad. On of my favorite pairings is to make a cucumber and carrot salad. It’s just thin slices of cucumbers and julienned carrots tossed in a vinaigrette that is made from 2 parts unseasoned rice wine vinegar to 1 part sugar plus a pinch of salt. You can also add a dash of red pepper flakes for some heat if you want.
That’s it. Now, pour yourself a glass of wine, enjoy a great meal, relax, and have a fabulous weekend.
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, skim removed
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
For the sauce
- In a small bowl, whisk together minced jalapeño, garlic, cilantro, lime juice, salt, and olive oil until well blended. Set aside.
For the fish
- Heat oven to 350 degrees.
- Pat halibut fillets dry with paper towels. Then season fillets on both sides with salt and pepper. Place fillets on a rimmed baking sheet lined with aluminum foil and brush tops of fillets with olive oil. Roast fillets in oven until just cooked through, 15-20 minutes.
- Serve roasted halibut with cilantro-lime sauce.
Recipe adapted from the Williams-Sonoma Outdoor Cooking cookbook.