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Fish-eaters: What's your favorite way to prepare fresh Halibut?
Posted by: Paul F.
Date: May 25, 2021 09:47PM
A co-worker had a great weekend fishing, and finds himself with a surplus of Halibut. Fortunately, he knows I eat anything, and am grateful for such things when they come to me. So, tomorrow I'm bringing some ice packs to work, and will be coming home with some fresh halibut.

Halibut is a fish I haven't cooked for myself before... I've eaten it, but not cooked it.

If you found yourself with some Halibut, how would YOU prepare it?



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Re: Fish-eaters: What's your favorite way to prepare fresh Halibut?
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: May 25, 2021 09:50PM
....en Papillote with Lemon and White Wine.......or if you want it simpler en Papillote with ginger, soy sauce, vinegar, oil.......



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Re: Fish-eaters: What's your favorite way to prepare fresh Halibut?
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: May 25, 2021 09:53PM
Wow. Score. As it's so thick, I'm sure you could grill it but I've only ever put in the oven with a fat (evoo or butter) topped with some dried herbs wrapped in foil.
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Re: Fish-eaters: What's your favorite way to prepare fresh Halibut?
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: May 25, 2021 09:56PM
....and don't be afraid to say that you like big......(Hali)buts.........and you can not lie....



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Re: Fish-eaters: What's your favorite way to prepare fresh Halibut?
Posted by: btfc
Date: May 25, 2021 10:01PM
Broiled or Grilled.
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Re: Fish-eaters: What's your favorite way to prepare fresh Halibut?
Posted by: Fritz
Date: May 25, 2021 10:17PM
olive oil and rosemary, grilled or roasted



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Re: Fish-eaters: What's your favorite way to prepare fresh Halibut?
Posted by: davester
Date: May 25, 2021 10:19PM
I'd go with Newt's suggestion as the best way. You could also grill it hot and fast but that's trickier and easier to ruin it by overcooking.



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Re: Fish-eaters: What's your favorite way to prepare fresh Halibut?
Posted by: Paul F.
Date: May 25, 2021 10:25PM
This is all sounding good!

Probably won't be grilling (grill needs some maintenance first...), but, roasting, or carefully cast-iron pan would work.

Any other ideas, by all means, share!



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Re: Fish-eaters: What's your favorite way to prepare fresh Halibut?
Posted by: btfc
Date: May 25, 2021 10:31PM
“that's trickier and easier to ruin it by overcooking”

Definitely, overcooking is something to be avoided with any method. How thick is a good question. It’s a whitefish, so pretty light flavor. Marinades or sauces can be used, and if grilling, you’re not doing much more than putting grill marks on it
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Re: Fish-eaters: What's your favorite way to prepare fresh Halibut?
Posted by: pipiens
Date: May 25, 2021 10:35PM
Sous vide
[www.seriouseats.com]
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Re: Fish-eaters: What's your favorite way to prepare fresh Halibut?
Posted by: btfc
Date: May 25, 2021 10:40PM
Then broiling:

[wildalaskancompany.com]

Healthy and simple.

Lots of great flavors can accompany; fruits, herbs, citrus, veggies.

A little recipe search will give many good ideas.
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Re: Fish-eaters: What's your favorite way to prepare fresh Halibut?
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: May 25, 2021 10:44PM
AN 'alibut?
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Re: Fish-eaters: What's your favorite way to prepare fresh Halibut?
Posted by: pipiens
Date: May 26, 2021 12:13AM
Sous vide
[www.seriouseats.com]
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Re: Fish-eaters: What's your favorite way to prepare fresh Halibut?
Posted by: FormerlySaleenl
Date: May 26, 2021 08:28AM
We love it baked with a panko-parmesan topping but I don't think Mike uses a recipe. Basically, it's panko breadcrumbs, butter, freshly grated parmesan, fresh tarragon (or dried), Penzey's roasted garlic, salt and pepper.

I found one similar to what we make but they have you make your own breadcrumbs (madness!) and add onion powder and parsley. [www.thespruceeats.com]
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Re: Fish-eaters: What's your favorite way to prepare fresh Halibut?
Posted by: rich in distress
Date: May 26, 2021 08:49AM
Grilled!
Baked on a bed of skinned red peppers and olives, maybe onions.

But seriously, grilled.
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Re: Fish-eaters: What's your favorite way to prepare fresh Halibut?
Posted by: PeterB
Date: May 26, 2021 08:51AM
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FormerlySaleenl
We love it baked with a panko-parmesan topping but I don't think Mike uses a recipe. Basically, it's panko breadcrumbs, butter, freshly grated parmesan, fresh tarragon (or dried), Penzey's roasted garlic, salt and pepper.

I found one similar to what we make but they have you make your own breadcrumbs (madness!) and add onion powder and parsley. [www.thespruceeats.com]

This. This was along the lines of what I was going to suggest (broil or bake), but rather than the tarragon and garlic, I would go with some citrus fruit (lemon or lime) on top. Halibut is a very delicately flavored fish, so I prefer not to overwhelm. I would do something similar with sole or flounder.




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Re: Fish-eaters: What's your favorite way to prepare fresh Halibut?
Posted by: rgG
Date: May 26, 2021 09:39AM
I’ll bet a nice mango salsa on top would be quite tasty.





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Re: Fish-eaters: What's your favorite way to prepare fresh Halibut?
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: May 26, 2021 12:18PM
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rgG
I’ll bet a nice mango salsa on top would be quite tasty.

That is one of very, very few fish that I think taste good paired with mango salsa.
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Re: Fish-eaters: What's your favorite way to prepare fresh Halibut?
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: May 26, 2021 12:26PM
....and a mango Lassi(e).....????



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Re: Fish-eaters: What's your favorite way to prepare fresh Halibut?
Posted by: rgG
Date: May 26, 2021 01:32PM
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mrbigstuff
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rgG
I’ll bet a nice mango salsa on top would be quite tasty.

That is one of very, very few fish that I think taste good paired with mango salsa.

A restaurant we go to has a very tasty blackened whitefish sandwich that comes topped with mango salsa, that’s why it occurred to me.





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Re: Fish-eaters: What's your favorite way to prepare fresh Halibut?
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: May 26, 2021 03:10PM
I don't care much for breaded anything – chicken, fish, whatever.

Well, I do, just not the breaded part.

Costco used to have a battered halibut that I really liked, but alas, no mas.

I wish I'd thought to try it with a mango salsa.

Right now, I'd be happy to just to have it with some McDonald's ketchup.

I really don't eat enough fish.





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Re: Fish-eaters: What's your favorite way to prepare fresh Halibut?
Posted by: Buzz
Date: May 26, 2021 03:24PM
We regularly use our stovetop grill (see below). Not sure what you have available to you, but hopefully something similar, since it sounds like your real grill ain't currently ready for prime time. First, hit it with some fruitwood smoked salt, along with some fresh cracked black pepper and some red pepper flakes (the latter dependent on its known heat level; IOW, don't overdo/overpower it) for ~15 - 20 minutes. While it's resting, prepare a marinade of some mandarin orange and lime juice with some evoo (not too much, and/or you can even brush the salted and peppered fish with it before marinating), and some refreshing/savory/spicy herbs of your liking.

After about 45 minutes in the pool, start grillin' the protein, brushing with the reserved marinade in between flips. Grill should be hot enough to sizzle, and impart nice grill marks, but so hot as to incinerate the main course. Each grilling should only be long enough until you can cleanly get your spatula underneath the fish in order to flip it. Depending on on how thick the fish is, you can turn the stovetop grill down after the last flip, and if it needs more cookin', you can tent it with some aluminum foil, or a domed lid from another pot. If it's really thick, you can finish it the oven, wrapping it in parchment or cooking/butcher paper, at around 275°.... with this last bit of covered heat geared toward keeping the halibut moist, plus you can also throw in some fresh herbs, as desired, as an added perk of having a thick hunk of protein. Rest for a few minutes after taking off the heat, dress and eat (w/ Rhonda's mango salsa if that's in your wheelhouse). Bon appétit.


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Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: May 26, 2021 03:41PM
That sous vide seems like a great, simple way to cook both halibut and salmon, from the strong point of not screwing it up, lol.

Geeze, Buzz, those burgers look delicious!





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Re: Fish-eaters: What's your favorite way to prepare fresh Halibut?
Posted by: Paul F.
Date: May 27, 2021 11:43AM
Update...

I went fairly simple... Lemon pepper, black pepper, and some alder smoked salt, then pan fried in my cast iron pan on "medium-low" heat with some oil... Added some think sliced morrocan preserved lemons and a spoonful of their brine/juice.

Worked splendidly! I'm a fan of halibut, and the guy that caught it now knows that any time he has "extra" halibut, just give me a holler. He's also on my list for when I make jam/jelly later this summer.



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Re: Fish-eaters: What's your favorite way to prepare fresh Halibut?
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: May 27, 2021 12:22PM
$20/lb at Costco and more at a local fishmonger!
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Re: Fish-eaters: What's your favorite way to prepare fresh Halibut?
Posted by: davester
Date: May 27, 2021 10:02PM
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Paul F.
Update...

I went fairly simple... Lemon pepper, black pepper, and some alder smoked salt, then pan fried in my cast iron pan on "medium-low" heat with some oil... Added some think sliced morrocan preserved lemons and a spoonful of their brine/juice.

Worked splendidly! I'm a fan of halibut, and the guy that caught it now knows that any time he has "extra" halibut, just give me a holler. He's also on my list for when I make jam/jelly later this summer.

I hope that you had some appreciative company and a romantic atmosphere in which to display your gourmet cookery skills!



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Re: Fish-eaters: What's your favorite way to prepare fresh Halibut?
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: May 29, 2021 10:07PM
......love a good.....'but.......



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