Ugh, guys, I've been eating a lot of fried chicken & gnocchi lately. This isn't necessarily a bad thing (it's actually all been quite delicious), but - the point of this blog was to make my FRIENDS fat. So, I decided to come up with a recipe that was going to satisfy my tastebuds AND improve my biceps. Fish was the answer.
Halibut, the chicken of the sea. This mild, lean fish lend its self well to flavour. Enter citrus: the bold, sweet tang we love. These two go really well together and manage to produce a healthy dinner that's high in ... TASTE.
This recipe starts out, perhaps predictably, with halibut. A quick marinade (~30 minutes) in maple syrup, orange juice concentrate, coriander, jalapeños and garlic sets this fish up for success. Placed on a baking sheet, a bit of brown sugar dusted on top will help develop a sticky glaze.
Broiling the fish (versus baking) will also help develop a caramelized glaze but be warned: you have got to keep a watchful eye. It can burn easily with the high temperature of your broiler. Layer after layer we build up that glaze using our original marinade that was reduced to a oooey gooey dream on the stove top.
Out of the oven, you're left with these:
For me personally, this was getting a bit too healthy. Some carbohydrates were warranted (necessary). You of course can choose any side you wish. Steamed broccoli. Fried chicken. Whatever you'd like.
And then, in less than 45 minutes of total cook and prep time dinner is up.
This dish is a bit of a stunner, taste and appearance wise. The orange glaze contrasts with the beautiful white of the halibut. The flavour is equally stunning. Sweet and savoury and caramelized and ... sticky. All great things.
The sauce is really great, I (of course) added even more after the fish was out of the oven. I ALSO served some on the side to dunk the fish in. If you're also a sauce-o-holic I'd recommend the same.
Here's to our biceps!
Until next week...