Baked Halibut with Arugula Salsa Verde


Food Network is usually on around here, so over the weekend when we watched Giada making this super fresh and simple halibut recipe- we had to give it a try.  The flavors and textures of this are so delicious, we love fresh herbs infused with citrus and salty capers, all very balanced and at the same time, a great dish to look at.  This was so quick and can be served with some warm rice or fresh bread to give us some carbs.  Please give this one a try, you won’t be disappointed.

Ingredients

Adapted from Giada

Fish Topping:

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • salt and pepper

Baked Halibut:

  • Four 6-ounce halibut fillets, each about 1 1/2 inches thick
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Arugula Salsa Verde, recipe follows
  • Lemon wedges for garnish, optional

Directions

Position an oven rack in the center of the oven. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

For the fish topping: Mix the chives, parsley and lemon zest in a small bowl. Cover and chill. This can be prepared 4 hours ahead, but keep chilled.

For the baked halibut: Coat the halibut fillets all over with the olive oil. Place the fish on a rimmed baking sheet. Sprinkle with the salt, pepper and chive-lemon topping, pressing slightly to adhere. Bake the fish just until opaque in the center, 9 to 10 minutes. Transfer 1 fish fillet to each of 4 plates. Spoon the Arugula Salsa Verde alongside. Serve with the lemon wedges, if using.

Arugula Salsa Verde:

  • 1 cup finely chopped arugula
  • 2/3 cup finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup capers, rinsed and drained
  • Juice of 1/2 large lemon (about 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice)
  • Zest of 1 large lemon
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper

Blend the arugula, parsley, olive oil, capers, lemon juice, lemon zest, salt and red pepper together in a food processor. The salsa can be prepared 4 hours ahead, but let it stand at room temperature 1 hour before serving.

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