Just for the Halibut

There are very few things that really intimidate me to cook. One of them used to be Indian food, but I conquered that one a while ago. Another one is shellfish, namely clams and mussels, as I'm freaked out that I'll do it wrong and end up giving both Adam and I food poisoning. Another, oddly enough, is fish. I have no problem breading and baking some tilapia, or broiling some salmon or tuna. But, I have to say, other fishes just, honestly, freak me out. I'm so worried that I'm going to mess them up and end up with something inedible that will have cost too much money to just throw away.

I recently subscribed to Cook's Illustrated Magazine though. In the issue I got, they had simple instructions for perfectly cooked fish fillets that seemed totally accessible. I knew I had to try it at some point soon! Then, at lunch today, someone had fresh mozzarella and it was all I could think about the rest of the day.. What does one have to do with another? Well, I knew that after work, I had to go to Caputo's, the most amazing produce market ever to get some fresh fish and fresh mozzarella. I happened upon a few other things while I was there which resulted, gloriously, in a truly fresh and delicious meal.


You'll get all three recipes, never fear! They're all incredibly simple and each use fewer than four ingredients, unless you count salt and pepper (which I don't.)

Pan-Roasted Halibut

Inspired by Cook's Illustrated May/June Issue


1 lb. fresh wild-caught Halibut fillets

1 Tbsp. olive oil

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 tsp. white sugar

Salt and pepper to taste


Pre-heat your oven to 425*. Heat a non-stick oven-safe pan with the olive oil and garlic over low heat. This will infuse the oil with garlic flavor without big chunks of garlic. While the oil heats, sprinkle the fish fillets on one side with salt, pepper, and the white sugar. Strain and reserve the now cooked bits of garlic from the olive oil. Raise the heat to high and heat the oil until near smoking. Place the halibut sugar-side down in the hot pan and cook 1-2 minutes until a nice crust forms. Gently flip over and then place the pan in the hot oven. Cook until done, about 7-8 minutes.


Roasted Garlic Millet

This would work with any grain.


2 c. dry millet, rinsed

4 c. water

the garlic reserved from the olive oil above

1/4 c. grated parmesan cheese

Salt and pepper to taste


Cook the millet much like you would rice. I used a rice cooker. Once cooked, stir in parmesan, salt and pepper, and the cooked garlic from the halibut. Serve.


Caprese Salad


1 package grape tomatoes, halved

1 1/2 c. fresh mozzarella (Bocconcini or Ciliegine size)

6-7 large basil leaves, chopped or shredded

1 Tbsp. olive oil (use the good stuff!)

Salt and pepper to taste


Mix all the ingredients together. Allow to sit a few minutes before serving. Enjoy!


There's something about this meal that makes it feel like it's summer. Maybe it's the basil in the salad, maybe its the fresh ingredients, or maybe its the fact that I was sweating all day and came home to a luxuriously cool house. It might have been the huge diet cherry limeade I got at Sonic on my way home... in any case, I'm not arguing. This meal rocked!


I'm still looking for guest posters for the week of June 14-19 while I get going with camp! I have a few great ones lined up... but do you have something you'd like to share? Just do it! Email your post to guest-posts@imadedinner.net and you'll be published!

Have a great night!

This entry was posted in fish or seafood, Italian, vegetarian and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

18 Responses to Just for the Halibut

  1. Mara,
    This dinner looks so simple and delish! I would LOVE to make this some time. My mouth is watering, literally. ­čśë
    .-= Mary @ What’s Cookin’ with Mary┬┤s last blog ..Mary’s Mexican Pulled Chicken =-.

  2. redkathy says:

    Oh my that Halibut dish looks fabulous! We so enjoy fish and this one will most definitely be added to my must try list!
    .-= redkathy┬┤s last blog ..Easy Bread Pudding =-.

  3. OMG, Mara, that looks AMAZING! On your first try? Very impressive!! Cupcake AND Halibut queen? ­čśÇ

    .-= Jenn (Jenn’s Menu and Lifestyle Blog)┬┤s last blog ..BBQ Pulled Plants =-.

  4. I have never had millet, only millet bread. That dish sounds delish!
    .-= Jessica @ How Sweet It Is┬┤s last blog ..Cookies and Cream Krispy Treats. =-.

  5. I’ve always been intimidated by making fish for dinner. This looks amazing and really healthy. I need to try!!!!

    Also Diet Cherry Limeade from Sonic! LOVE! I need to move there. The closest Sonic to me is 50 miles away!
    .-= Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat)┬┤s last blog ..In need of a makeover. =-.

  6. Christina says:

    I’m terrified of seafood too! My dad always cooked it fresh growing up, so I don’t know how to handle it. Plus here it’s either frozen or SUPER expensive, so I’m scared! Yours looks beautiful! Nice job! Oh and I lllllove Sonic! so glad they’re here. Got used to them in NC and then moved here w/ none! Now we have one like 10 min. away!
    .-= Christina┬┤s last blog ..Eco-Friendly Fire Starters =-.

  7. Such beautiful pics as always! That millet looks so good. I’ve only ever had it as bread so I need to try this!
    .-= Jackie (Peaces of Earth)┬┤s last blog ..My Road to Health, Part 2: Finding Balance =-.

  8. Marianne says:

    Oh, your post title just brought me back. Working in fisheries, specifically the halibut fishery, we used all the cheesy halibut puns/jokes. I’ve heard that one more times than I’d like to count! LOL.

    But halibut is so delicious – easy to cook as well. I think I need to convince mom to buy some (I’d do it, but that stuff ain’t cheap). Make a great “burger” with teriyaki and grilled pineapple. Yum!
    .-= Marianne┬┤s last blog ..Eggs Or No Eggs =-.

  9. Lauren says:

    Can you please think of me when you become a famous chef? This looks outstanding!
    .-= Lauren┬┤s last blog ..Too Little Too Late =-.

  10. Biz says:

    Not a huge fan of fish, but I LOVE Cook’s Illustrated! Do you watch America’s Test Kitchens? It comes on Saturday mornings, but we DVR it – love that they do all the guess work and come out with the perfect recipe!
    .-= Biz┬┤s last blog ..So excited about the 101 days of summer challenge! =-.

  11. Melleah says:

    I’m scared of cooking fish, too! The only time I’ve ever cooked it I made a simple baked salmon. This looks so simple and easy (not to mention delicious)! Cook’s Illustrated is one of the best food magazines, along with Cook’s Country.

  12. Quix says:

    Looks awesome. Might have to do some fish tonight…

    I used to be scared of fish, but we’ve amassed some great marinades and Zliten cooks it up PERFECTLY on the grill. A staple is lemon pepper mahi mahi, brown garlic rice, and some sort of veggies (with garlic) with some hot sauce drizzled over it. Yum!
    .-= Quix┬┤s last blog ..Too Much Fun for Regrets =-.

  13. read on Katie Lil Veggie that you are a former barista. ahhh. my dream job not for the money but to know how to make everything! that is priceless knowledge i am thinking!

  14. Britney says:

    I’m trying this tonight! I couldn’t find halibut so i’m using sole. I’m a little nervous as i hate cooking fish but i’m sure it will turn out good!

  15. Julie says:

    I substituted Tilapia, but the whole dish was great, the whole family loved it!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

CommentLuv badge