New England Steamed Dinner Recipe

Rick Moonen
About: The New England Steamed Dinner is a simple dish that can be served as an appetizer or a main course. Highlighting the flavors of bacon, potatoes, turnips, cabbage, and fresh halibut, it is sure to be delicious and satisfying. Not a fan of halibut? Substitute another thick-fleshed fish that is more to your liking. Cod, sea bass and turbot are great examples. For a sample of the seafood stylings of celebrity Chef Rick Moonen, this hearty dish is the perfect way to bring the flavor home.

Recipe Info

Restaurant: RM Seafood | Las Vegas

Servings: 4
Prep Time: 1 hour(s)
Cuisine: Seafood
Meal Type: Dinner
Main Ingredient: halibut
Dish Type: Soup
Cooking Method: Steam
Season/Occasion: Any Occasion
Dificulty: Easy
Vegetarian: No


New England Steamed Dinner

You’ll need a wide deep pot that your steamer will fit into snugly.  Drop the bacon, onion, carrots, turnips, and potatoes into the pot and add the thyme and bay leaf. Season with salt and white pepper and give the ingredients a stir. Scatter the cabbage on top and season with salt and pepper. Pour in the water, cover the pot, and bring to an active simmer over medium-high heat. Cook the vegetables for 8 minutes.

Meanwhile, spray the bottom of the steamer basket with pan spray. Season the halibut on both sides with salt and put it into the steamer.

Set the steamer over the vegetables and steam for about 8 minutes. Check the fish: the sides of the fillets should feel firm when you squeeze them, but the tops should still be slightly mushy. Halibut can be very dry if it’s overcooked, so you are aiming for something slightly underdone—the fish will finish cooking with residual heat. Thicker fillets—about 1 inch thick—will take 9 or 10 minutes to steam.

To serve, divide the vegetables and broth among four wide soup plates. Set a piece of halibut on top of each. Plop a spoonful of horseradish cream on the fish and sprinkle the vegetables with a pinch of fleur de sel or other coarse sea salt. If you feel the need for color, shower the dish with chopped parsley. Pass the rest of the horseradish cream at the table.


Horseradish Cream (see recipe below)

Fleur de sel or other coarse sea salt

Chopped fresh parsley (optional)


Horseradish Cream

Whisk the crème fraîche, horseradish, mustard, dill, and lemon juice together in a bowl.  Season with salt and white pepper and whisk again.

Cover with plastic and refrigerate overnight, if you have time, or for at least 30 minutes.



5 slice(s) Thick-cut bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces 1 C. Creme fraiche 1 Onion, chopped 1/2 C. Horseradish, grated, drained 2 Carrots, cut into 1/3-inch chunks 1 tsp. Dijon mustard 2 Turnips, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch chunks 1 tsp. Fresh dill, chopped 1/2 lb. Creamer potatoes, ends trimmed, and halved 1 tsp. Fresh lemon juice 1 tsp. Fresh thyme leaves 1 Bay leaf 1 lb. Cabbage, cut into 1-inch chunks 2 C. Water 4 Skinless pieces of halibut fillet (5-ounce each)


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