Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Halibut In Tomato Sauce with Beans

One of my favorite fish is halibut. It's got a delicate, sweet taste, firm white flesh, and marries well with all kinds of flavors. Even people who claim to hate fish may be won over once they try this largest of all the flat fish. 
Did you know that halibut can grow to more than 8 feet long and weigh as much as 700 pounds? Take a look at the largest Alaskan halibut ever caught by sport fishermen, weighing in at 459 pounds. Imagine cleaning that whopper
Most of the halibut we eat here in North America comes from the Gulf of Alaska. While on a trip there several years ago, I ate a lot of halibut, but here in New Jersey, the price keeps me from enjoying it as much as I'd like. If I see it on a restaurant menu, it's likely what I'll order, or if it's on sale at the market, I can't resist.

This recipe is a one-dish meal that's simple to make, tastes great and is low-cal too. If you can't find fresh halibut, or want something less expensive, codfish can easily be substituted. The recipe is for two portions, although the accompanying photo shows just one portion served in a small casserole.

Halibut with Cannellini Beans

for two people:
halibut - between 3/4 and 1 lb., skin removed
6 scallions, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 T. olive oil
1 can cannellini beans (about 15 ounce can), drained and rinsed
1 can chopped tomatoes (about 15 ounce can)
1/4 cup dry white wine
salt, pepper to taste
fresh basil

Saute the scallions and onions in the olive oil until softened. Add the tomatoes and liquid from the can and cook for a few minutes, smashing the tomatoes a bit with a fork. Add the white wine, the cannellini beans, salt, pepper and shredded fresh basil. Simmer for about five minutes, then add the fish. Put a lid on the skillet, then let everything cook together for about five more minutes. That will be long enough to cook the fish. Garnish with more fresh basil and serve.
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Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

A perfect combination and fabulous dish!



Chiara Giglio said...

che enorme pesce ! Una piatto completo, molto interessante, buona settimana

Paola said...

This is a dish after my own heart. I am blessed to have a close friend who has an annual Alaskan fishing trip and never forgets to gift me several pounds of freshly caught halibut. I’ll be sure to try your recipe next time.

Marisa Franca @ Allourway said...

What an inspiration. I've eaten beans with a lot of different dishes but never with seafood. I love trying new things and your recipe sounds delicious!! Can't wait to try it.

Claudia said...

This is my favorite whitefish - although the price does indeed give me pause. I've never seen it paired with beans but it works. Utterly delicious.

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

I love halibut too and am thrilled when I see it on sale. What a delicious way to serve it, Linda!

professional-essay-writing.com said...

I haven't heard about Halibut fish before, though it looks amazing. I'm quite interested how it tastes as I'm a big fish lover. The meal looks great and I'm absolutely sure it's delicious!

sississima said...

un piatto unico da provare! Un abbraccio SILVIA

Roz Corieri Paige said...

Like you, we have to look for specials on halibut due to the price, but oh, it is such a wonderful flavored fish! This recipe just screams healthy! I've never been to Alaska and you must have enjoyed it so much!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I never knew halibut could grow so large! When I see t for sale from time to time at Costco I always buy it as we like it very much. I never thought to pair it with beans--very nice idea!