Halibut & Harissa
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Seared Halibut with a flavorful harissa sauce is a great, easy dinner.
Recipe type: Seafood
Cuisine: Seafood
Serves: 2
  • 2 skin-on halibut steaks (about 1 lb, total)
  • Pinch kosher salt
  • Pinch freshly ground black pepper
  • 1-2 Tb. grapeseed oil (or any oil that tolerates high heat)
  • 2 Tb. unsalted butter
  • 2+ tsp. harissa (I put 3 tsp. for even more heat!)
  • ¼ c. chicken or vegetable stock
  • ½ tsp. orange zest (optional)
  • 2 Tb. heavy cream or half & half
  • Handful fresh parsley (or basil - both are good), minced
  1. Salt and pepper both sides of fish; set aside.
  2. Add oil to a cast iron or non-stick skillet. Heat on high until just before it starts to smoke.
  3. Add fish to the hot pan and allow first side to cook about 4 minutes (the high heat will produce a nice sear and eliminate the fish sticking to pan). After about 2 minutes of cooking, reduce heat to medium/high.
  4. Flip fish.
  5. Add butter to pan and spoon the melted butter over each piece of fish.
  6. Add Harissa and stock (and orange zest, if using) to pan; stir to combine.
  7. Allow the fish to cook another 3-4 minutes, until slightly firm in center (you'll see the bone separating from the flesh - that's when it's ready).
  8. Turn off heat. Just before serving, add cream to the pan and blend with a spoon.
  9. Spoon sauce over fish. Top with minced parsley or basil and serve.
You can remove the bones and skin just before serving, or leave that task to your guests - they're easy to remove, once fully cooked.
Recipe by My Delicious Blog at https://www.mydeliciousblog.com/hello-halibut-harissa/