Thursday, February 4, 2010

Pan Seared Halibut with Garlic-Ginger-Coconut Sauce

This is a slight adaptation from a recipe from Live to Eat that my Aunt Kelly posted to her Facebook last week. For our version, we skipped the garlic chives (we couldn't find them at the market), the original recipe said you could substitute garlic and green onions, but we decided to skip the green onions.  We also used halibut filet instead of halibut steaks, so make sure to remove any skin first.

Here is the recipe as posted on Live to Eat:

Ingredients (Serves 2)

  • I large halibut steak ~ 1lb (halibut filets will work too, just adjust the cooking time accordingly)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup garlic chives sliced finger length
  • 1 tsp fresh grated ginger
  • zest from 1 lemon
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • dried red chili flakes to taste
  • 1/4 cup light coconut milk
  • juice from 1 lemon


In a small sauce pan heat the oil and sauté the garlic chives till they start to wilt. Add the ginger,lemon zest, salt and chili flakes and sauté for a few seconds. Now add the soy sauce and coconut milk and bring to a boil. Remove from the heat and stir in the lemon juice. Keep aside.
Clean and season the halibut with salt and pepper on both sides.
In a large frying pan, heat just enough oil to coat the bottom of the pan. When the oil is smoking hot, carefully place the halibut in the oil. Cook for 4-6 minutes each side, turning once.
Transfer the halibut to the plate. Cut into half and serve hot with the sauce spooned over with a salad on the side.

Kels' Verdict: The halibut was delicious, very light, a little spicy, bright flavors. I think the sauce needed a little bit less lemon juice (I used a large lemon) and maybe a bit more coconut milk. Definitely worth making again! 

Kim's Verdict: This recipe is a keeper; it was a very quick and easy one and the taste was delicious.  I agree that it was tangy with lemon flavor and a medium lemon is all that is need. Overall, it is a good alternative to grilling halibut on the BBQ and it offers the freshness of summer in the winter!  Also it is low in calorie count as the light coconut milk is only 40 calories for a 1/4 of a cup.

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