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Caribbean Lime Halibut

Recipe reprinted with permission from Feeding the Whole Family (third edition) by Cynthia Lair (Sasquatch Books, 2008)

This is a very easy way to prepare fish.  The pan-frying to start seals the juices in.  Serve this fish with Emerald City Salad or Mediterranean Quinoa Salad which are both available for viewing on Cookus Interruptus.  Three tablespoons of Lime Boost can be substituted for lime and sugar.  Slightly sweeter but works just as well.


1 tablespoon tamari (soy sauce)
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1 tablespoons grated gingerroot
3 tablespoons lime
juice
1 teaspoon sugar
3-4 cloves garlic, minced
1 pound halibut
filet

Put tamari, 2 tablespoons of oil, gingerroot, lime juice, sugar, and garlic in a small mixing bowl; whisk together.  Place fish in a shallow pan and pour marinade over the top.  Allow to marinate - 1 hour in the refrigerator.  
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in an oven-proof skillet, cast iron is good.  Place halibut in the pan, skin side up and sear for one minute, turn and sear second side for one minute.  Leave fish in the skillet and place in oven.  Bake until fish is almost cooked through, about 7-10 minutes.  Remove skillet from oven and place on stove over low heat (skillet will be very hot from the oven).  Add remaining marinade, letting the liquid heat and reduce before serving (we did this a bit too quickly in the video...).

Preparation time: 1 hour for marinating, then 15 minutes
Makes 4 4-ounce servings


17 Comments:

Susan Trimpe
I saw this recipe and had to try it. It looked great, and easy. It turned out to be even better and easier than I thought. It's definitely a keeper my new favorite halibut recipe. Thank you Cookus Interuptus!
October 22, 2008, 10:08 am

Janine Prichard
Cynthia, I've been using Brag's a lot (it comes in bulk at our Skagit Co-op) instead of soy sauce. You often use tamari. Do you have any pros and cons for the three? Love the website and weekly videos. Such a treat to come home and have a new recipe waiting to be viewed. Your simple, healthy, quick dishes have gotten me cooking for my tastes instead of everyone elses.
July 1, 2009, 8:30 pm

Cynthia Lair
Janine, I am not particularly fond of the flavor of Bragg's. It is not clear to me what the advantage of it is since the ingredients only say: -Our Bragg Liquid Aminos are made from health-giving, NON-GMO soybeans and purified water. They are an excellent, healthy, gourmet replacement for Tamari and Soy Sauce. Not fermented or heated and Gluten-Free.- I like that tamari only contains soybeans, water and .1% alcohol. I also like that tamari is a fermented product (with lively bacteria) and that it contains no wheat. Shoyu, another naturally-fermented soy sauce, does contain wheat. Many people are sensitive to wheat these days.
July 2, 2009, 7:08 am

Farah
I was browsing the recipe index and found this wonderful recipe. I tried it last night and it was amazing (so quick and easy to prepare too)! Thank you so much!
November 12, 2009, 11:33 am

Julie
I'd love to try this, but can't spend much more than 30 min preparing dinner before I get home (family is too hungry and pizza too easy to order). Any problem with this marinating overnight?
February 1, 2010, 2:01 pm

Cynthia Lair
Hi Julie, Yes you can marinate the fish overnight. The acid from the lime may start to slowly cook the fish so you will need less cooking time in the oven.
February 1, 2010, 3:51 pm

becky huntley
I was surprised you poured the leftover marinade over the fish. Is there a different rule for fish vs meat marinade?
April 29, 2010, 9:01 am

Cynthia Lair
Becky, I changed the directions (see above)so that it is understood that the leftover marinade is essentially cooked in the hot skillet before serving. We did it a little too quickly in the video. Letting the liquid reduce (which takes a few minutes)is better.
April 29, 2010, 9:53 am

RJ
WE had this last night and will definitely keep it in our must have recipes. Another great way to prepare our favorite fish.
May 6, 2010, 9:25 am

Jean Stangarone
Cynthia, Love your website! This halibut recipe was so delicious and very easy to make. Thank you. Keep up the great work.
May 14, 2010, 3:48 am

Barbara C.
I love this recipe! I have modified it a bit to include lime zest and have reduced the garlic to only 1 clove to allow the ginger and lime flavors to shine. Its wonderful served with roasted yam and fresh asparagus. Tonight we will top that off with rhubarb pie. I love your show, Cynthia, and your recipes rock.
May 21, 2010, 4:16 pm

Julia Elman
My family LOVED this recipe! We tried searing the fish with 1 tbsp. of coconut oil instead of olive oil (the step after the marinade). It was sooo yummy! Served with some brown rice with green onion and soy sauce. Mmmm tasty! Thanks Cynthia for your awesome recipes!
August 5, 2010, 8:24 am

nina bean
I used this marinade on tilapia. It worked really well. Easy & fun 2 make. Tastes great. thank you.
September 23, 2010, 12:52 pm

Terry Stoneberg
Cynthia, Can you suggest a good soy sauce substitute appropriate for those with a soy allergy/sensitivity? I love this recipe and want to share it with a friend but she can't have soy right now. Thanks!
June 24, 2011, 7:49 am

Cynthia Lair
Hi Terry, The tamari can be replaced by simply add a teaspoon (or less) of sal.t
June 24, 2011, 8:03 am

Vivian Huskinson
Absolutely my favorite Halibut recipe ever. Previously, baking with lemon juice and worstershire sauce was awesome but pales in comparison to this. I do use a cast iron skillet in the oven with all the marinade cooked with the halibut. Thank you for sharing this incredible recipe!
November 7, 2012, 10:24 am

Erika Olson
Cynthia, those with soy allergies can substitute coconut aminos, carried at Manna Mills or can order online.
July 22, 2013, 3:28 pm

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