Pan Fried And Baked Halibut Recipe - Spicy And Crunchy!
How To Cook Breaded Halibut Fillet With Mango Jalapeno Sauce
This is by far the most popular dish on my Alaska Lodge menu: Fresh Halibut Fillet in a nutty and spicy breading, pan-fried and baked, served on a Mango Jalapeno Mayonnaise Sauce, and garnished with a Chipotle Aioli. Perfect side dishes include steamed asparagus, stuffed tomatoes, or Bourbon Vanilla Pecan Sweet Potatoes. On this page, I'll guide you through one of my favorite fried and baked halibut recipes with lots of pictures and step-by-step halibut cooking instructions.
This is a fairly easy halibut recipe, but the combination of spicy and sweet flavors, crunchy textures, and a perfectly cooked, moist halibut fillet result in a marvelous eating experience. I owe a debt of gratitude to my mentor and friend, Chef Jeff Blank of Hudson's on the Bend Restaurant in Austin, Texas, for teaching me this and many other recipes and cooking methods.
Watch Pacific Halibut BEFORE The Breading...
How To Fillet A Halibut
Make A Unique Breading For Your Halibut Fillet
Try this as well with trout, flounder, redfish, bass, tilapia, shrimp, and more!
1. Seasoned flour:
Mix your favorite seasoning blend, i.e. seasoned salt, blackening spices, or seafood spice mixes with white flour. Or, make your own blend with salt, pepper, garlic and onion powder, paprika, dried herbs, etc.
2. Prepare an "egg wash":
Whisk 3 eggs into 2 cups of milk. Adjust these amounts for larger or smaller batches of fish cooking.
3. Get creative with your breading:
In your food processor, pulse all or part of the following ingredients into a coarse mix - tortilla chips, corn flakes, toasted hazelnuts (filberts), almonds, and/or pecans, sesame seeds, crackers, bread crumbs - and season this with sugar, cayenne pepper, and red pepper flakes. Be generous with the peppers as the heat blends real well with the entire dish.
4. Dip the fillets into seasoned flour, then egg wash, then breading mix.
5. Cover the breaded fish with film and refrigerate for an hour to allow the breading to solidify.
6. Heat some vegetable oil together with a pat of butter for flavor over a medium-high setting and brown your fillets nicely on both sides.
If the fillet is thicker than an inch -
you might consider finishing it in a hot oven so the breading won't burn. Simply remove the fish pieces from the hot oil after both sides are browned well. Place them on a cookie sheet pan and finish the fish in a 450 F degree oven, for about 5-10 minutes.
Open the fillet at its thickest part and look for a slightly "shiny, glistening" center (medium rare). Take the fish from the oven, cover it loosely with foil, and let the "carry-over heat" finish the cooking process to perfection.
Serving Your "Hot And Crunchy Halibut"
There are many options, of course...
I like to serve my halibut on top of a Mango Jalapeno Mayonnaise Sauce. You can make your own chutney-type marmalade or buy a spicy fruit jam of your favorite kind. Mix this with mayo and freshly chopped jalapenos, cilantro, garlic, and some lemon juice. be creative and taste until you like your flavor combination!
For a little garnish on top, I squeeze a chipotle aioli (from a simple plastic squeeze bottle) across the fillet. I use a can of chipotle peppers in adobe sauce and run it through the blender together with 2 cups of mayo and one clove of garlic.
Choose your favorite side dishes: steamed broccoli or asparagus, stuffed tomato halves, a sweet potato casserole, rice pilaf, mashed taters - anything you like, in bright colors.
They go well with any fish dish..
Chipotle Aioli (Aioli = mayo with fresh garlic) and Mango Jalapeno Mayo Sauce:
A Few Recipes For Mayo Sauces...
Chutney And Relish From Amazon - Great bases for your mayo sauces!
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