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Sour Cream Halibut

Posted by Kira DeRito on

There must be a million halibut recipes but I'm telling you, this one is a rich winner.  Years ago I was browsing for a place to stay and found a Bed and Breakfast that claimed a version of this as their "signature dish".  I've always loved that terminology so if you're having a party, wanting a treat or celebrating a special occasion I recommend claiming this as your very own "signature dish".  It sounds so elegant! 
~serves 2 for dinner~
  • 1 pound fresh halibut filet, skinned (servings for 2-3)
  • 1 cup white wine
  • salt
  • 1 yellow or sweet onion, chopped
  • 5-6 cloves garlic, diced
  • 1T olive oil
  • ¾ cup sour cream
  • Bread crumbs
  • Optional: chopped macadamia nuts       
Sprinkle salt on your halibut and place in a dish or a big ziplock bag.  Pour the wine over the fish and let it marinate for at least 15 minutes.  (You can also skip this first step if you don't have wine handy.) 
Set your oven for 380 and line a baking dish with foil for easy clean-up later.  In a fry pan, sauté your onion and garlic in the olive oil until desired tenderness and set aside to cool for a few minutes.  Once it's not blazing hot, stir the sour cream into the onion/garlic mixture.  On a plate, spread a few bread crumbs out.  Take your halibut out of the wine, let it drain for a moment and then roll it in the bread crumbs to coat all sides.  Place the fish in the baking dish and pour the sour cream and onion mixture over the top, smoothing it out evenly. 
Bake for about 18 minutes and then check for doneness.  If you're going for the gusto, sprinkle the macadamia nuts over the fish and return to the oven for about 2 minutes until the nuts are toasty brown.  Serve with the rest of that white wine, a light vegetable side dish (the fish is quite rich with the sour cream) and prepare to impress!  

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  • I have a similar recipe at home. I also soak the skinned halibut filet’s in white wine. I use two parts mayonnaise and one part sour cream and chopped green onion. I roll the fish in cracker crumbs and top with mayo and sour cream mixture. I then top that with parmesan cheese and a sprinkle of paprika.

    For a 2" filet, I bake it in a 400 degree oven for about 20-25 minutes.

    I like your idea of sauteing the onion and garlic then adding it to the sour cream mixture. I think a little garlic with fish gives it a nice flavor, I use it on salmon all the time.

    Thanks for your many recipes, they all sound great.

    T.N. on

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