Lemon Lime Citrus Halibut with Mango Salsa
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As she says, "Halibut lends itself to be seared beautifully brown on the outside. Browning allows the fish to stay moist and flakey on the inside."
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Lemon Lime Citrus Oven
—Seared Halibut with Mango Salsa
Prep time 5 minutes (plus 30 minutes to marinate)
2 mangoes, diced
3 tablespoons red bell pepper, finely diced
3 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro
1 jalapeño, finely diced (or a nice pinch of Cayenne pepper)
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
Sea salt and organic coarse ground black pepper
1 teaspoon organic extra virgin olive OR macadamia nut oil
- Marinate the halibut in the citrus with a generous pinch of salt for 1/2 hour.
- Meanwhile, make the salsa: In a medium bowl mix the mangoes, red pepper, cilantro, jalapeño, lime juice and salt. Taste and add more salt if necessary.
- Preheat the oven to 450-degrees. Place a heavy non-stick ovenproof skillet or baking pan in the oven to heat for 5 minutes.
- Pat the fillets dry with paper towels. Sprinkle each fillet with another pinch of salt and cayenne.
- Pour the oil in the hot pan and swirl to coat completely. Add the fish skin-side down and roast until the skin is nicely browned, (about 5 minutes depending on the thickness of the fish).
- Carefully turn the fish over and roast for 5 minutes longer.
- Remove from the oven and let rest for 2 minutes before serving.
- Quick Tips: Preheat your oven as soon as you start marinating your fish.
- Inner Cook Note: To tell if the fish is done, push a 2-pronged kitchen fork straight down into the flesh. If you feel no resistance, the fish is cooked; if it feels as though the fork is pushing through a membrane, return the fish to the oven for another minute or two.
- Variations: Salmon, Sea Bass or Black Cod are good substitutes for halibut.
- Salsa tastes best if it has a chance to stand for 15 minutes or more. This allows all the flavors to intermingle with each other.
- Swap out the mango for pineapple or papaya, and some chopped up jicama will add extra crunch.
- Make the salsa the day before.
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