Thursday, June 16, 2011

What's Cookin?: Thai-Style Halibut and Tatsoi

This is another fabulous recipe to use up the garden Asian greens. This Thai sauce is delicious!! I didn't have any fresh chilis so I used some Sambal Oelek. It was so tasty!! Besides using it to top my greens and fish, I also used it to top my quinoa. It was a winner! The sauce may look spicy, but I would classify it as mild or medium at best. The sambal really isn't too spicy. If you're afraid of spice, try adding 1 tsp. and taste the sauce and go from there.

For the Asian quinoa recipe, see here. You could also substitute any other white fish. I just happened to have some halibut in the freezer. Grill, oven bake or pan fry the fish. If you love Thai food, you'll love this recipe. Your family and friends will think you've slaved away all day on this dish but really, it rather quick and simple!

Thai-Style Halibut and Tatsoi
Serves 4

Thai Sauce:
5 Tbsp. sugar
5 Tbsp. fish sauce
1/4 c. water
juice of 1 large lime (about 3 Tbsp.)
2 Tbsp. ginger, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp. Sambal Oelek

1) Mix all of the above ingredients in a medium sized bowl. Set aside.

Halibut and Tatsoi:
4 (6-7 oz.) halibut filets
olive oil for frying
1 clove garlic, minced
1 Tbsp. ginger, minced
1 lb. Tatsoi, washed and chopped into 1 inch pieces

1) Heat about 1 Tbsp. olive oil in a large saute pan. Add garlic and ginger and saute for about 1 minute.

2) Add tatsoi to the pan and sprinkle with salt. Saute until the tatsoi is wilted (but still bright green), about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and divide among 4 plates. Drizzle tatsoi with about 1 Tbsp. of the Thai sauce.

3) Heat a pan over medium-high heat. Drizzle one side of halibut with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place in the pan (seasoned side down). Cook until just opaque in the center (about 4 minutes per side). Drizzle the side that is facing up with olive oil and salt and pepper. When time, flip the fish over and cook for an additional 4 minutes.

4) Remove halibut from the pan and place on each plate (on the bed of tatsoi). Drizzle with about 2 Tbsp. Thai sauce and serve.


Malay-Kadazan girl said...

Like that thai sauce ingredient. Will like to make some. Lovely meal.

Mr. H. said...

Sounds and looks like a wonderful meal...and I especially like the way you described the sauce. I'm off to look at your Sambal Oelek link.

~Holly~ said...

MKG-I hope you enjoy the sauce. It's great for any white fish! I used it on everything!!

Mr. H-Thanks! If you like Thai food, this is a great sauce! BTW, you can find the Sambal Oelek at most Asian stores.