Pan-roasted halibut

Posted in fish, food, home cooking at 1:14 am by wingerz


Between my traveling and some rainy Sundays it’s been a few weeks since I got fresh fish from the farmer’s market. Today I snagged a 1lb piece of halibut. Pan-roasted it and served it with a concoction of olive oil, butter, shallots, garlic, pine nuts, lemon juice, salt, pepper, basil, and parsley (sort of like this).

As with all fish, keep a close eye on it. There’s a very fine line between perfection and very slightly overdone. Mine was perfect, Jen’s was very slightly overdone. She should have said something before I gobbled up my piece.

Pan-Roasted Halibut Steaks
from America’s Test Kitchen

2 tablespoons olive oil
2 halibut steaks , each about 1 1/4 inches thick and 10 to 12 inches long (about 2 1/2 pounds total), gently rinsed, dried well with paper towels, and trimmed of cartilage at both ends
Table salt and ground black pepper

1. Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 425 degrees. When oven reaches 425 degrees, heat oil in 12-inch, heavy-bottomed, ovenproof skillet over high heat until oil just begins to smoke, about 2 1/2 minutes.
2. Meanwhile, sprinkle both sides of both halibut steaks generously with salt and pepper. Reduce heat to medium-high, swirl oil in pan to distribute; carefully lay steaks in pan and sear, without moving them, until spotty brown, about 4 minutes (if steak is thinner than 1 1/4 inches, check browning at 3 1/2 minutes; thicker steaks of 1 1/2 inches may require extra time, so check at 4 1/2 minutes). Off heat, flip steaks over in pan using two thin-bladed metal spatulas.
3. Transfer skillet to oven and roast until instant-read thermometer inserted into steaks reads 140 degrees, flakes loosen, and flesh is opaque when checked with tip of paring knife, about 9 minutes (thicker steaks may take up to 10 minutes). Remove skillet from oven and separate skin and bones from fish with spatula. Transfer fish to warm platter and serve immediately, with flavored butter or sauce (see related recipes), if desired.

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