We have a wonderful friend, Bruce, who’s a great fisherman and he’s kind enough to share his catch with us on a regular basis. When he goes to the Texas Gulf, he brings back delicious red fish or catfish. This time Bruce trekked up to Alaska with some fellow enthusiasts to enjoy the salmon and halibut fishing
Bruce gave us a wonderful, fresh piece of halibut and I made sure to find a recipe that would retain that halibut flavor – baking up lemony, buttery, and flaky. This recipe from “The Complete Cooking for Two” cookbook (one of my favorite cookbooks) has few ingredients, and maintains the integrity of the fish without overwhelming it.
The plus to this recipe is the crispy garlic potatoes! They’re roasted in the oven with bits of fresh garlic, then topped with the fish, lemon and butter and baked until the fish is flaky and delicious. I loved the fish, but those potatoes were really outstanding. Since they’re so easy, I’ll be making them again.
****Adapted from "The Complete Cooking for Two Cookbook." Flaky, buttery, lemony fish baked accompanied by wonderful crispy garlic potatoes.
- 1 1/2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 large russet potato, peeled and sliced 1/4" thick
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- salt and pepper
- 2 (4-6 oz) halibut or cod fillets, skinless (1 to 1 1/2" thick)
- 1 tbsp butter, cut into 1/4" pieces
- 1 sprig fresh thyme (or 1/2 tsp. dried thyme)
- 1/2 lemon, sliced thinly
Preheat the oven to 400°. Brush a baking dish with half of the olive oil and set aside.
Toss the sliced potatoes with the remaining oil, minced garlic, and season with salt and pepper. Line the dish with the potatoes shingle-style (overlapping a bit) and roast the potatoes until just tender, about 20-25 minutes, rotating halfway through roasting.
Pat the halibut dry with paper towels and season with salt and pepper. Carefully place 1 fillet, skinned side down on top of the potatoes. Top fillets with butter pieces, thyme, and lemon slices. Roast the fish and potatoes until fish flakes apart when gently prodded with a paring knife - about 10-15 minutes (don't overbake - the fish will continue baking a bit after you remove it from the oven).
Slide a spatula underneath the potatoes and fillets and gently transfer to individual plates. Serve immediately.
Tips and Stuff:
Cod or halibut are nice choices for this recipe. Any thick, flaky fish will be good.
Serve with a side of grapes or melon.