Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Try Something New: Halibut Steaks

My husband and I don't like salmon. Actually, we hate it so I'm widening the net, so to speak, to try and incorporate other fish into our menus. Trader Joe's carries a nice variety of frozen fish fillets that I'm trying to work my way through. Last visit I picked up some halibut steaks to try. A little on the pricey side, but worth every penny. Inspired by the Greek Fish Packet recipe in the Moosewood Restaurant Cooks at Home cookbook, I give you...

Fennel and Dill Halibut with Tomato and Arugula Salad

Serves 2
Oven to 450 degrees

For the marinade/dressing
1/2 cup evoo
juice of one large lemon
tablespoon of Dijon mustard
handful of fresh dill, chopped
salt and pepper to taste

2 halibut steaks, about 6-8 ounces each

Prepare the marinade/dressing by mixing lemon juice, mustard, dill and salt and pepper in a mixing jug then whisking in olive oil until it's emulsified. Rinse and pat dry halibut steaks and remove any skin and bones. Pour about half of the marinade over the fish, coating well on both sides and let sit while you prepare the other ingredients as follows~

1/2 fennel bulb, cored and thinly sliced
1/4 large red onion, thinly sliced
12 grape tomatoes, halved

Place fennel and red onion in a pile on the center of a large piece of heavy duty aluminum foil and place both halibut steaks on top and then pile the tomatoes on top of the fish. Drizzle over a bit more marinade, reserving enough for the salad. Wrap the fish and veggies up tightly and place on a baking sheet. Put baking sheet in 450 oven for 20 minutes. Remove and let stand while you toss the salad.

For the salad, place in a large bowl~
1 bag of washed arugula
a couple of generous handfuls of grape tomatoes, halved
4 ounces of crumbled reduced fat feta cheese
1/4 large red onion, thinly sliced
a handful of Greek olives

Toss salad with remaining dressing and portion out into two wide, shallow bowls. Carefully open foil, try to avoid burning yourself with the steam. Place fish alongside the salad in the bowls and top with the veggies and sauce from the packets. Inhale!


  1. Sounds fab. I know what I'm having for dinner this weekend!

  2. It's so good and really easy despite my rambling directions. :) Enjoy!