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Old 08-03-2007, 12:38 PM   #1
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What sauce goes with halibut?

I am in the mood for halibut tonight, and wondered what sauce goes well with it. Any suggestions on your favorite way to cook halibut would be appreciated


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Old 08-03-2007, 01:12 PM   #2
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Hi Amber, I fixed some halibut filets for DH and he loved it usually I bread and fry, but this I breaded the halibut with panko, then mixed up some sweet chili paste, some soy sauce, enough to thin the paste, and then some hot chili paste ( about 1 Tab.) covered with foil and baked til done at 325-50..It really had a nice taste to it and none was left over..When I fry, I make DH a mix of mayo, garlic powder, a teas. or so of fresh dill, chopped dill pickles and a dash or so of worcestershire sauce..This he just loves..Hope this will help you a little..

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Old 08-03-2007, 02:48 PM   #3
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Here's one of my oldies but goodies:

Asian Style Fish Curry

6 Fish fillets

1 bunch scallions, minced
1 cup coconut milk
juice of 1 lime

2 Tbsp curry powder (Red if available, but yellow will suffice)
2 Tbsp Splenda
1 tsp salt
2 tsp Patis or 1 tsp Nuoc Mam fish sauce (Nuoc Mam is stronger than Patis

4 jalapenos (or other chili peppers), minced
1/2 onion, minced
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tsp bagaong (shrimp or fish paste)

1 Tbs Canola oil
1 Tbs peanut oil

Marinate the fish fillets in 1/2 cup coconut milk, scallions, 1 tablespoon curry powder, 2 tablespoons Splenda, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1 teaspoon fish sauce for 15 to 30 minutes.

In a food processor or blender, make a paste with the jalapenos, onion, garlic, 1/2 the lime juice, and the fish paste while the fish is marinating.

In a frying pan, heat one or two tablespoons oil, and cook the paste until softened and heated through. Add the marinated fish and cook 2 minutes on each side. Add 1/2 cup coconut milk, and the rest of the lime juice, bring to a boil, then simmer until sauce is the desired thickness. Remove fish to serving platter, put sauce in a bowl or gravy boat.

Serve with steamed brown rice and stir-fried green beans, sliced Japanese eggplant, and sliced carrots.

Red Snapper - Per Serving: 535 Cal (28% from Fat, 38% from Protein, 34% from Carb); 52 g Protein; 17 g Tot Fat; 9 g Sat Fat; 4 g Mono Fat; 3 g Poly Fat; 46 g Carb (37g Net); 9 g Fiber; 81 mg Cholesterol

Halibut - Per Serving: 766 Cal (28% from Fat, 48% from Protein, 24% from Carb); 92 g Protein; 24 g Tot Fat; 9 g Sat Fat; 6 g Mono Fat; 5 g Poly Fat; 46 g Carb ( 37 g Net); 9 g Fiber; 131 mg Cholesterol

Cod - Per Serving: 506 Cal (27% from Fat, 37% from Protein, 35% from Carb); 48 g Protein; 16 g Tot Fat; 8 g Sat Fat; 3 g Mono Fat; 3 g Poly Fat; 46 g Carb (37 g Net); 9 g Fiber; 99 mg Cholesterol

Tilapia - Per Serving: 506 Cal (27% from Fat, 37% from Protein, 35% from Carb); 48 g Protein; 16 g Tot Fat; 8 g Sat Fat; 3 g Mono Fat; 3 g Poly Fat; 46 g Carb (37g Net); 9 g Fiber; 99 mg Cholesterol

Or, here's a simple sauce for seafood:

Seafood Salsa Verde

1 cup Flat leafed parsley, finely chopped
1T mint leaves, finely chopped
3 Gherkins, finely chopped
3T capers, drained
6 anchovy fillets, drained
4 garlic cloves
1T dijon mustard
3 T White wine vinegar or juice of ½ lemon
4oz extra virgin olive oil

Or, if you like your food a little bit spicy, here's a Thai recipe for snapper that can be replced with halibut:


4 red snapper fillets
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp yellow curry powder
1 tsp ginger
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp ground coriander
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes

Mix all of the above spices together and season the snapper fillets on both sides.

2 Tbs sesame oil
1 small onion, chopped
1 jalapeno, seeded and chopped

1 green chile, seeded and chopped
1 yellow bell pepper, seeded and diced
1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced
2 scallions, thinly sliced, white and green parts separated
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1/2 cup soy sauce

1/4 cup pineapple vinegar
1/4 cup water
1 Tbs turbanado sugar

1 Tbs grated ginger

In a saute pan, heat the sesame oil until it begins to smoke. Add the onion, white part of the scallion, jalapeno, chile, and bell peppers and saute until soft, but not browned. Add the soy sauce and pineapple vinegar and boil for 2 minutes. Add the sugar and ginger and continue to boil for 1 minute. Lower the heat and allow to simmer. While the sauce simmers, grill or broil the red snapper fillets for 3 to 5 minutes on each side, depending on thickness. Spread 1/2 cup of Jasmine rice on plate, place the snapper on the rice, and pour 1/4 of the sauce over each fillet. Garnish with green part of scallions.

And, last but not least, a five spice based sauce for fish:


1 lb fish fillets or shrimp
4 Tbs sesame oil
¼ cup lemon juice

1/3 cup lite soy sauce
1/3 cup hoi sin sauce
2 tsp turbinado sugar
1 Tbs chili garlic sauce
2 tsp Chinese five spice
1 tsp ground ginger

Marinate the fish or shrimp in the sesame oil and lemon juice for 30 minutes. While the fish is marinating, combine the remaining ingredients into a sauce and heat in a pan for 10 minutes over medium heat. Cook the fish for 3 to 4 minutes on each side, turning once, basting occasionally with the sauce. If using shrimp, you can stir fry them with the sauce, or skewer them with vegetables and/or fruits of your choice and grill them, using the sauce for basting.

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Old 08-03-2007, 03:18 PM   #4
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Amber do you know how to make a puttanesca? Halibut goes really well with that.
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Old 08-03-2007, 03:23 PM   #5
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I know Sorrel Sauce is traditional with Salmon, but I like it with Halibut, as well. and this year my garden is wild with sorrel!
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Old 08-03-2007, 07:04 PM   #6
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This time of year we in the northwest are awash with peaches. I make a simple salsa of peach chopped to a corn kernel size, onion, usually Serrano or Korean pepper to taste [I also have done this with Thai Bird Chilies, YUM] cilantro or parsley, sometimes dill or fennel, Dress with Lime juice. The point is that Halibut or Grouper that aren't right out of the water to your fire seem to be too bland so provide the perfect seafood base for almost any Salsa. I really like fruit salsas with them.

They do take well to butters like lemon butter or cilantro butter and so on....
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Old 08-03-2007, 08:41 PM   #7
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Originally Posted by amber
I am in the mood for halibut tonight, and wondered what sauce goes well with it. Any suggestions on your favorite way to cook halibut would be appreciated
I like this strawberry salsa idea:

Grilled Halibut with Strawberry Salsa
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Old 08-03-2007, 08:49 PM   #8
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It really depends on your mood sometimes a simple butter,lemon,garlic is good or if you feel tropical a pineapple salsa or a lemon leek cream or something asian.But if you can get fresh Halibut I would not want anything to heavy that you lose the taste of this fish but something to to just compliment it.For me it would be a bit of garlic,lemon and butter and maybe some fresh chives or a little bit of scallion or shallots.Thats it.
And of course you do not want to over cook fish you want it to stay moist and succulant.
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Old 08-03-2007, 11:39 PM   #9
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Calipso sauce for fish

1 Bottle of Chili Sauce
1 8-ounce can of Tomato sauce
1 green Pepper short julienne
1 small jar-can of red Pimentos
1 Medium Onion short julienne
`1/4 tsp of All Spice {in a pinch use Ground Cloves just a Pinch}
1/4 stick Butter

In a saucepot melt butter and sauté green peppers, onion till tender
Add chili sauce and tomato sauce bring up to a simmer be care full sauce will splatter simmer for 10 minutes add pimentos
make sauce and cover fish in foil paket and bake till done 20 min@350*F
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Old 08-04-2007, 12:28 AM   #10
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