Halibut with Spring Peas and Spinach Puree Recipe

Sonia - April 18, 2019

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It’s halibut season and the perfect time to serve a delicious Easter halibut dish this weekend. Try this recipe by Chef Ned Bell that brings halibut, spring peas, and spinach puree all together in one fantastic dish.

Serves 4

Spinach-pea puree

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 3 cups fresh or frozen peas
  • 5 cups spinach leaves
  • ½ cup whipping cream, plus extra for thinning

Method

1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat, add the shallots and salt, and sauté for 3 minutes.
2. Add the peas, spinach, and cream, and cook for 1 minute.
3. Transfer the mixture to a blender, puree until smooth, and strain through a fine-mesh sieve.
4. If necessary, add up to ½ cup warm cream to thin out the puree (I prefer it quite thick and rich).

 

Sautéed peas

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp canola oil
  • 1 Tbsp chopped shallots
  • 1 cup shelled fresh spring peas (from about 1 lb of pods)
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • ¼ tsp coarsely ground black pepper

Method

1. Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat.
2. Add the shallots and sauté for 3 minutes.
3. Add the peas, season with the salt and pepper, and cook for another minute until the peas are tender.

 

Pea shoots

Ingredients

  • 4 cups pea shoots
  • 1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • Sea salt and coarsely ground black pepper

In a bowl, toss the pea shoots with the oil and lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

 

Pan-seared Easter halibut

Ingredients

  • 4 (4 to 5 oz) skinless halibut fillets (if you’re a member, login in and add halibut to your order now!)
  • Sea salt and coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp canola oil
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 sprigs thyme, leaves only
  • 1 lemon, halved, with zest reserved for garnish
  • Flaked sea salt, to sprinkle

Method

1. Use paper towels to pat the fish dry, and season with salt and pepper.
2. Heat the oil in a heavy-bottomed, ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat until almost smoking.
3. Carefully lay the fish in the pan (if necessary, cook the fish in batches to prevent overcrowding, which will keep the fish from caramelizing properly).
4. Reduce the heat to medium and cook for 2 minutes; a golden crust will have formed on the flesh.
5. Flip the fillets over, and add the butter, the thyme, and a squeeze of lemon over each fish.
6. Cook, basting with the buttery juices, for another 3 to 4 minutes or until browned and almost opaque all the way through. Transfer the fish to a plate.
7. To assemble, spread the spinach-pea puree on each plate. Add the sautéed peas and place the halibut on top. Garnish with the dressed pea shoots, lemon zest, and coarse sea salt. Serve.

 

Thank you to our friend, Chef Ned Bell, for sharing this recipe. Whether it’s halibut or other seafood dishes, Ned Bell’s latest recipe book has all the best sustainable seafood recipes for you to cook up. Get Lure: Sustainable Seafood Recipes from the West Coast now.

Sonia - April 18, 2019


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Halibut with Spring Peas and Spinach Puree Recipe

Sonia - April 18, 2019

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