Summer is a time we all tend to eat a little lighter due to the heat and baring it all (or more than we should) in our hot weather wardrobe. Fish makes for an easy delicious meal without a lot of fuss. Halibut, a white fish even the pickiest of eaters seem to enjoy, is mild in flavor and with a quick saute and a drizzle of sauce, you have the perfect meal.
In this recipe, Halibut with Citrus Sauce, I used fresh squeezed orange and lemon juices for bright flavor with a dollop of Dijon mustard for a hint of tang. This recipe is so simple that you will be dining under the stars in just a few minutes without breaking a sweat.
2-4 6 ounce Halibut Fillets
2 teaspoons Dijon Mustard
2 tablespoons butter + more for pan
2 tablespoons flour – I prefer Wondra flour
1. Squeeze the oranges over a fine sieve into a small saucepan. Squeeze the lemon juice into the same pan.
2. Turn the heat on medium and let the juices reduce by 1/3 while whisking occasionally, about 5 minutes. Sprinkle the fish with salt, pepper and flour. Add 1 tablespoon of butter and 1 tablespoon of olive oil to a saute pan and place over medium heat.
3. After 2 minutes of heating the pan, add the fish, top side down and saute for 3 minutes. Gently flip the fish over to continue to cook for 3 minutes. If your fillets are thicker, add 1 minute each side. Be careful to cook on medium heat, so the fish doesn’t dry out.
4. Turn the heat off under the fish and let them rest in the pan, while you finish the sauce.
5. Whisk the mustard into the sauce while continuing to reduce, about 2 minutes.
6. Dollop in the butter and whisk until smooth and slightly thickened.
7. Place the fish with your favorite vegetables on a plate and drizzle with the sauce. You will be pleased with how easy and delicious this meal is going to be. Enjoy!