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Cajun-Style Blackened Halibut

A nod to what could arguably be the dish of the eighties, blackened redfish. The technique works equally well with halibut.

Type: Fish
Courses: Main Course
Serves: 4 people

Recipe Ingredients

1 teaspoon 5mlSalt
1 teaspoon 5mlMinced fresh thyme
1/2 teaspoon 2.5mlDried oregano
1/2 teaspoon 2.5mlCayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon 2.5mlSweet paprika
1/2 teaspoon 2.5mlFreshly-ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon 2.5mlFennel seeds - crushed
4   Halibut fillets - (6 oz ea)
2 tablespoons 30mlOlive oil
4 teaspoons 20mlButter

Recipe Instructions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Mix first 7 ingredients in small bowl. Place fillets on baking sheet. Brush on both sides with 1 tablespoon oil. Sprinkle top of each with seasoning.

Heat heavy large skillet (preferably cast-iron) over high heat until very hot. Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil; swirl to coat. Place fillets, seasoned-side down, in skillet. Cook until very brown on bottom, 1 minute. Return fillets, browned-side up, to baking sheet. Place in oven; bake until just opaque in center, about 8 minutes. Top each with 1 teaspoon butter.

This recipe yields 4 servings.

Bon Appetit, September 1999


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