I love to experiment with sauces and flavors, but sometimes they can get in the way of one’s appreciation of the main element of a dish. So whenever I have a really great piece of fish – like this halibut that a friend sent to us from Alaska – I like to keep its preparation simple. That way the fish itself can really shine. Here I served the Baked Halibut with stir fried asparagus, steamed rice and soy sauce mixed with lemon juice and a dash of cayenne pepper served on the side.
Simple Baked Halibut
serves 2 – 3
1 lb piece of halibut cut about 2-inches thick, thawed
1 large lemon
mix of black and green peppercorns
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place a piece of parchment paper on a baking sheet.
2. Meanwhile, pat fish dry with a paper towel. Place fish, skin-side down, on the parchment paper. Lightly sprinkle fish with sea salt and several twists of fresh ground pepper. Cut about 2/3 of the lemon into thin slices. Spread slices over the top of the fish. (You can save the rest of the lemon to squeeze into a little soy sauce, if you like.)
3. Place fish in oven and bake for about 30 minutes or until cooked all of the way through. (The fish will be solid white in the center, not somewhat translucent.) Serve immediately.
• Mix a few thin slices of red onion in with the lemon slices.
• Drizzle just a little bit of melted butter or olive oil on the fish before baking.
• Top with a little bit of chopped fresh parsley when serving.