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  • Pan seared Halibut with Garlic Chives-Ginger-Coconut Sauce

    Posted on | January 4, 2010 | 25 Comments |

    So, how are you all doing on those New Year Resolutions? Broken any yet? I don’t mean to gloat, but I’ve been doing an awesome job on mine. What? It’s only been four days since the year started? Oh well, let’s see how this week turns out before I go get myself a medal. :)

    I heard on the radio today that the two most popular resolutions this year are Eat Healthy and Save Money. Big surprise! Aren’t those the most popular resolutions every new year? Anyway, those two are in my list too. Eat Healthy is just a better way of saying Lose Weight, and the only way I know how to is through controlling my diet. So I’ve decided to do a loose version of South Beach Diet again. When I say loose, I mean only eat phase 1 dishes at home, but will cheat a bit when we go out. This halibut + salad combination is one of those phase 1 friendly meals that won’t make you feel like you are on a diet. And it can be prepared within 30 minutes, including prep and cooking time. Perfect weekday dinner.

    I used garlic chives instead of garlic in this sauce. Garlic chives are milder in flavor than garlic, so I could use a lot more of it to give some volume to the sauce without an overpowering garlic taste. Of course you can use garlic instead and add green onions or something like that for the same effect too.



    (Serves 2)

    • I large halibut steak ~ 1lb (halibut filets will work too, just adjust the cooking time accordingly)
    • salt and pepper to taste
    • 1 tbsp olive oil
    • 1/2 cup garlic chives sliced finger length
    • 1 tsp fresh grated ginger
    • zest from 1 lemon
    • 1 tbsp soy sauce
    • dried red chili flakes to taste
    • 1/4 cup light coconut milk
    • juice from 1 lemon


    In a small sauce pan heat the oil and sauté the garlic chives till they start to wilt. Add the ginger,lemon zest, salt and chili flakes and sauté for a few seconds. Now add the soy sauce and coconut milk and bring to a boil. Remove from the heat and stir in the lemon juice. Keep aside.

    Clean and season the halibut with salt and pepper on both sides.

    In a large frying pan, heat just enough oil to coat the bottom of the pan. When the oil is smoking hot, carefully place the halibut in the oil. Cook for 4-6 minutes each side, turning once.

    Transfer the halibut to the plate. Cut into half and serve hot with the sauce spooned over with a salad on the side.

    Category: Dinner Recipes, Phase 1, Quick-fix healthy meals, Seafood

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    25 Responses to “Pan seared Halibut with Garlic Chives-Ginger-Coconut Sauce”

    1. Su
      January 4th, 2010 @ 11:42 pm

      That looks mouthwatering!

    2. nags
      January 5th, 2010 @ 2:25 am

      awesome pic Sig :)

    3. arundati
      January 5th, 2010 @ 3:08 am

      i didnt make any resolutions this year…. ok… i did “decide” to explore photography a bit and not give the blog step motherly love… figured (after all these years) that i never keep the weight related ones anyways!! good luck with the “loose” sbd!!

    4. Arch
      January 5th, 2010 @ 3:30 am

      Lovely recipe, the coconut milk and soy sauce must make it so awesome…

    5. sra
      January 5th, 2010 @ 4:28 am

      No resolutions, except that I am trying to give up on something important :cry: – and of course, lose weight, that’s a concern that hasn’t changed since my teens :cry: :cry:

    6. Happy Cook
      January 5th, 2010 @ 5:29 am

      Mine is the same eat healthy and save money , well as always but i can never keep them ;-)
      I am gonna come and live with you for this diet as your dishes looks so delicous even when it is a diet recipe.

    7. Siri
      January 5th, 2010 @ 6:00 am

      My 3 resolutions (for almost every year):
      1. Eat Healthy a.k.a build stamina
      2. Save Money
      3. Sleep on time..:)

      Beautiful pic Sig!


    8. Bong Mom
      January 5th, 2010 @ 6:08 am

      No resolution but to cook and eat more SBD friendly food from your Blog:)
      Maybe I should start with this one

    9. usha
      January 5th, 2010 @ 6:37 am

      that looks delicious

    10. Mamatha
      January 5th, 2010 @ 7:43 am

      My resolutions:

      1. Eat healthy
      2. Exercise regularly
      3. Get back to my post-SBD summer weight (not my goal weight but the lowest I’ve ever been and that seems good enough for now).

      Oh, I tried your pork ularthiyathu last night. It exuded a lot of water and I was impatient to try it and didn’t wait for the liquid to reduce so I ate it like a soupy curry but let it cook for longer after that. I’ll have the dry version tonight. The soupy version tasted great but I think the dry one would be better.

      • Mamatha
        January 5th, 2010 @ 7:47 am

        Almost forgot to comment on the recipe. The halibut looks perfectly seared. And the coconut milk sauce sounds delicious.

    11. elra
      January 5th, 2010 @ 8:04 am

      Very tempting looking fish. Love the sauce.

    12. Shreya
      January 5th, 2010 @ 11:29 am

      love the pic.I do not have any new year resolutions..looking fwd to my second baby in March-April, and I will be so busy with two kids in the house:-)

    13. Rina
      January 5th, 2010 @ 11:34 am

      Luv the drooling picture to the core !!!

    14. cindy
      January 5th, 2010 @ 6:58 pm

      my word, i’ve already done my grocery shopping for the week & have never cooked halibut before. after seeing this mouth watering recipe, i will have to make it this weekend…looks so delicious!!!!!

    15. s
      January 6th, 2010 @ 12:09 am

      a healthy recipe is always a winner..this one looks fab too!

    16. Nirmala
      January 6th, 2010 @ 12:29 am

      The sauce sound delicious and you know why I am keeping away from the fish? yes you guessed it. My new year resolution is turning to be a vegetarian ;)

    17. Soma
      January 6th, 2010 @ 6:02 am

      what a beautiful picture Sig!! That sauce sounds lip smacking good.

      No resolutions for me. Will just try to be a good girl:-D

    18. cheffresco
      January 7th, 2010 @ 5:51 pm

      Oh wow, that sauce looks amazing! Nice dish!

    19. Miri
      January 14th, 2010 @ 10:16 pm

      This had me at coconut milk! wondering how it would taste if I grilled the fish with some light herbs…

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