Seared Ginger-Stuffed Northern Halibut Recipe

Cafe Pacifica
About: This pan-seared halibut dish from Cafe Pacifica is infused with Asian-influenced flavor. The fish itself is stuffed with marinated ginger, then served alongside sesame rice and wasabi-key lime sauce. Spice up any meal with the unique, well integrated flavors of Chef Eddie Zamarripa's dish.

Cook Tip: Spice up this dish with sauteed Asian vegetables, such as baby bok choy, and micro greens, as pictured here

Recipe Info

Restaurant: Cafe Pacifica - Old Town | San Diego

Servings: 4
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cuisine: Seafood
Meal Type: Dinner
Main Ingredient: halibut
Dish Type: Main Course
Cooking Method: Pan Fry
Season/Occasion: Any Occasion
Dificulty: Moderate
Vegetarian: No

Directions

Wasabi-Lime Sauce

Add all ingredients to blender and blend until smooth.

Halibut

Take one halibut filet and carefully make incision length-wise alongside longest side filet. Take care to ensure that you are making a pocket and not slicing through to the other side of filet. Stuff filet with 2 oz. of marinated ginger. Repeat with other filets.

Place sesame seeds on small plate. Coat halibut filets on both sides by pressing into sesame seeds. Heat olive oil in large sauté pan over medium-high heat until hot but not smoking. Add filets to pan. Cook until edge turns a golden color, then turn over and cook opposite side the same. The middle of each filet should have a slightly opaque appearance when done. Take fish out of sauté pan but keep pan on low heat to prepare rice (see recipe). Slice each seared filet at a 45° angle down the center with a very sharp knife, to reveal the ginger stuffing.

To serve, coat base of each plate with sauce, and place ½ cup cilantro sesame rice in center of plate atop sauce. Place both halves of Halibut filet atop the rice. Garnish with a sprig of cilantro.

Cilantro Sesame Rice

Prepare rice in same saute pan as was used for halibut. Once halibut is removed, add sesame oil to pan. This oil has a low burning point so do not let it get too hot. Add pre-cooked cold rice, cilantro, and scallions. Sauté until heated thoroughly. Turn heat off; keep rice in sauté pan until ready to serve.

Ingredients

4 7-oz. filets of northern halibut 1 Tbsp. sesame oil 1/3 C. honey 2 C. cooked white rice 1/2 shallot, peeled 8 oz. marinated ginger 1/2 C. wasabi powder 3/4 C. sesame seeds 1/4 bunch(es) Cilantro 2 Tbsp. olive oil 1/2 C. Scallions 1/4 C. key lime juice 1 1/2 C. vegetable oil 1/2 C. rice vinegar 1/4 C. water

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