Monday, May 6, 2013
Pan Seared Wild Pacific Halibut w/ Lemon Wine Caper Sauce
When I got home from work this evening, it looked like it was going to rain...again. So, I began trying to figure out how I would fix the wild caught halibut I picked up from Costco on Sunday -- it was an unusually beautiful piece that I cut into 2 fillets. While I was pondering dinner...the sun suddenly peeked out, so I hurried up and put on my walking shoes and scooted out the door. I managed to get a brisk 45 minute walk in before dinner -- I was thrilled! I continued my "pondering about how to cook the halibut" while walking. I decided to pan sear the halibut in a little olive oil and make a simple, quick and fresh lemon, wine, caper sauce to put on top of it. The entire dinner only took about 15 minutes to put together and within 20 minutes, we were sitting down eating. I heated my skillet with a little olive oil on medium-high heat, seasoned my 2 halibut fillets with a little sea salt and black pepper and cooked them for 3 minutes on each side until lightly browned and then transferred them to a plate and covered them with foil. I added 1 large clove of finely minced garlic to the pan and sauteed it for about 1 minute, then poured about 1/4 cup of dry white wine (Chardonnay) into my hot skillet and reduced it by half (about 1 to 2 minutes). After the wine had reduced, I whisked in about 2 tablespoons of butter until melted; then added salt and pepper to taste, 1 tablespoon capers, 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice, 1/2 teaspoon finely minced fresh parsley, about 1/3 cup of sliced miniature San Marzano tomatoes and 1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest and then heated it about 2 minutes while swirling the sauce in the pan. I placed the halibut on the plate and topped it with the sauce and sprinkled with a little more fresh parsley and lemon zest. The fish was cooked perfectly and was extremely tender and moist and the sauce added lots of fresh flavor. I served our fish with a big green salad...it was delicious! I snapped a few photos for you to see below. Enjoy!