Monday, January 25, 2010

Pan-seared Alaskan Halibut with a Fruity Spring Salad

If you are one of those people that are intimidated by pan-searing fish then it's probably because you had a really bad experience. Pan-searing is all about the technique.
Alaskan Halibut is a really dense fish. It really holds the seasonings well and pan-sears perfectly.  The spring salad is just so refreshing and can be put together in under 5 minutes. The combination will make your taste buds tingle!


2-3 pieces of Halibut
Pan-searing flour
1/2 tsp garlic powder (for pan-searing flour)
1 tsp Salt (for pan-searing flour)
Salt and Black pepper (for fish)
Basting oil (flavored with garlic and herbs
2 tbsp butter
Skillet or shallow pot that you can also put in the oven

Spring Salad:
1 bag of prepared spring salad
Hand full of Mandarin Oranges (in the can or plastic container)
Hand full of dried cranberries
1/2 cup of toasted (toasting is optional) sliced almonds
Raspberry Vinaigrette

1. Rinse and pat dry the fish with a napkin. Place on a plate and season both sides with salt and black pepper. Set aside.

2. In another plate/bowl put 3/4 cup of pan-searing flour, season with 1tsp salt and 1 tsp garlic powder. Pan-searing flour will leave a really thin coating on the fish, its thin enough so it won't stick to the pan or make you feel like your eating "breaded" fried fish.

3. In a skillet with a thick bottom, pour in about 1 tbsp basting oil. In the meantime turn your oven on to heat up, set it to 400 degrees.

4. Place one fish in the pan-searing flour and coat both sides. Place into your skillet and let it cook till you get a golden brown crust. Turn over and cook the same way on the other side. Once both sides are golden brown, take the entire skillet and put it into the oven for about 5-6 minutes. Keeping an eye on it so it doesn't burn! WITH A POT HOLDER- remove pan from oven and remove fish onto a plate. Cook the other two pieces of fish this exact same way.

5. In a large basin/bowl empty salad. Add the cranberries, nuts, and mandarin oranges and desired amount of salad dressing. Mix well and serve under fish.

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