Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Grilled Halibut with Pesto

I don't think I ate enough halibut while I was in Alaska because I have been craving it ever since we got back. Halibut is one of my favorites and unfortunately it is a little pricey here but I splurged and got two large fillets. My basil plant was about done and needed to be used so I decided to make a pesto to slather on the fillets. I served the fish on top of a bed of greens dressed with a lemon vinaigrette. This was a delightful summer dish.


2 large halibut fillets
1 tablespoon olive oil
pinch sea salt

2 large handfuls of basil (I apologize for the approximation but this is how I do it)
1 large handful of flat leaf parsley
1/2 cup toasted walnuts
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 cloves garlic
1 teaspoon sea salt
a few grinds of pepper
about 1/2 cup olive oil


Heat the barbecue to medium-high heat. Brush the halibut fillets with oil and season with sea salt and pepper.

In a food processor, add the basil, parsley, walnuts, cheese, garlic, salt and pepper. Pulse the machine on and off until the ingredients look coarsely chopped. With a rubber spatula, scrape down the side of the work bowl. Continue pulsing the machine and slowly pour in the olive oil until the pesto is fully pureed but still has a little texture to it.

Grill the halibut until it just starts to flake apart (about 4 minutes per side). Just before you are about ready to take the fish off the grill, spread a nice layer of pesto over the fillets(there will be lots of extra pesto, refrigerate use in other dishes). Serve immediately.

Recipe by me.

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  1. Wonderful combination and it sure looks delicious!I'd love to guide Foodista readers to this post.Just add the foodista widget to the end of this post and it's all set, Thanks!

  2. @Alisa Thank you. I added the widget..did I do it right?


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