Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Roast Halibut w/ Cherry Tomato & Olive Dressing

One of the great things about doing what I do (working as a personal chef) is getting kudos when you hit the nail on the head! Let's be honest not everything turns out the way we think it's going to but when it does, it's the business. I made this for my (work) family and they loved it.

1 lb. Wild Pacific Halibut (or Striped Bass, Pacific Cod) 4 x 4oz. portions
1 pint cherry tomatoes - washed
1/3 cup Kalamata olives - pitted & halved
3ozs. (1/2 small jar) marinated artichokes
2 cloves garlic - minced
1/3 cup white wine
1/2 cup chicken / veg. broth
1/2 lemon - zested
Olive oil
S&P to taste
Preheat saute pan. Your pan should be quite hot but not smoking. When hot, season and sear fish 'til golden brown. The key here is to get a quick sear on the fish but not to cook it all the way. Remove the fish to a foiled roasting tray. Wipe out the pan with a paper towel and put back on the heat. Add a drizzle of olive oil. Once hot add your whole cherry tomatoes and saute until they begin to blister, 3-4 mins. Add the garlic and saute for 30 secs. De-glaze (flashy term for add the liquid) with wine & broth and bring to a boil. Once boiling reduce and simmer for 4-5 mins. Meanwhile in pre-heated 400 degree oven cook your fish. It will take approx. 5-6 mins. max depending on how thick it is, so keep an eye on it. To finish your sauce, add the olives, artichokes and lemon zest and cook for another 5 mins.
Once the fish is cooked let it sit out of the oven for a couple of mins. and any juice that comes out add to your sauce. This is the difference between a good sauce and a great tasting one.
I served this with some wilted spinach and polenta.


The Culinary Chase said...

This looks absolutely delicious! Some of my favorite ingredients are used here. YUM!

David Hall said...

Gavan - f*ckin lush man!!!!!


Donal @ The Good Mood Food Blog said...

Lovely stuff! Just had a great read through all your previous posts too- really tasty dishes!