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Old 06-01-2006, 04:39 PM   #1
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Garam Masala Seared Halibut with a Coconut-Curry Butter

If you can't get fresh Halibut, substitute scallops, cod, salmon, or escolar.

Garam Masala Seared Halibut with a Coconut-Curry Butter

Yield: 8 Servings

Ingredients:

For the fish:
8 ea., 7 oz. Halibut fillets
2 Tbsp. prepared Garam Masala spice mixture
Kosher Salt to taste
3-4 Tbsp. Oil for frying

For the sauce:
3/4 c. Dry White Wine
1/3 c. Heavy Cream
1/3 c. Premium Unsweetened Coconut Milk
2 Tbsp. Indian Curry Powder
2 Bay Leaves
3-4 Cloves
1 c. cold Unsalted Butter, cut into small cubes
Kosher Salt to taste

Method:

In a saucepan, combine all of the ingredients for the sauce except for the butter and salt. Bring to light boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook until the sauce reduces to 1/2 cup. Turn the heat down to low, then whisk in the butter until it is incorporated into the sauce. Do NOT let the sauce boil at this point. Season to taste and reserve. Keep the sauce warm.

Pre-heat oven to 400 F. In an oven proof saute pan or heavy skillet, heat the oil until lightly smoking. Season both sides of the fish with salt and sprinkle with the garam-masala. Pan sear for approximately 1 minute per side, then finish cooking in the oven for about 6-7 minutes, or until desired doneness is achieved (I cook most of my fresh fish no more than medium in doneness). Serve immediately with the coconut-curry butter.

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Old 06-01-2006, 06:04 PM   #2
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I love halibut! What is the spice mixture for the garam masala?
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Old 06-01-2006, 06:08 PM   #3
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Just keep in mind that if using Escolar, it's best not to serve it to the very young, very old, or anyone with a compromised immune system or other health issue. It can have an extreme laxative effect on certain people that can be devastating if other health issues are involved.
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I love halibut! What is the spice mixture for the garam masala?
It's a lot of stuff...cinnamon, peppers, curry, cardommom, etc. etc. Best to buy a prepared mixture from an Indian market or a store that carries Indian products.
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**Recipe Edit**

It should be reduced to 1/2 cup, not 1 cup. I changed it already in the post.
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