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Grilled Halibut in a Roasted Tomatillo Sauce

Meaty, buttery grilled halibut in a roasted tomatillo sauce with crispy fried onions
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Seafood
Keyword: grilled fish, halibut, pnw cuisine
Servings: 4

Ingredients

Halibut

  • 2 lb halibut fillets (4 fillets)
  • olive oil

Roasted Tomatillo Sauce

  • 6-8 tomatillos outer husk removed
  • 1/2 large yellow onion quartered
  • 1 jalapeno halved, seeds removed
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1 tbsp heavy cream

Crispy Fried Onions

  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tsp vinegar
  • 1/2 yellow onion thinly sliced
  • 1 cup corn starch
  • cooking oil for frying
  • salt

Spice Blend for Halibut

  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp cracked black pepper

Instructions

Roasted Tomatillo Sauce

  • Place tomatillos, yellow onion and jalapeno on a sheet pan and broil until charred.  Remove from oven, let cool, then place in blender with remaining ingredients. Blend until smooth.

Crispy Fried Onions

  • Combine milk and vinegar in a bowl.  Soak onions for about 15 minutes.  Drain and then toss onions in corn starch. 
  • Heat cooking oil in a large frying pan over medium high heat.  Fry onions until golden, remove and drain on wire rack or paper towels.  Season with salt. Set aside until ready to serve.

Spice Blend for Halibut

  • Combine all ingredients together.

Halibut

  • Prepare grill. Drizzle olive oil over fillets. Sprinkle about 1/4 tsp spice blend over each fillet. Don't over season. You will have leftover spice blend. 
  • Grill halibut, flesh side down first. You'll know it's ready to flip when it turns opaque about half way up the thickness of the fillet. Flip and repeat on the other side until fully opaque.
  • Plating:  Place a large spoonful of roasted tomatillo sauce on plate, place halibut fillet on top and top with crispy fried onions.
    Optional garnish:  cilantro, radish, corn and lime wedges.