Main Dishes

Grilled Halibut with Chunky Fennel Vinaigrette

Recipe reprinted with permission Olive Oil: From Tree to Table by Peggy Knickerbocker (Chronicle Books, 2007). Recipe by Chef Owner Steve JohnsonRendezvous in Central Square, Cambridge, MA

Ingredients
  • 1 cup chopped fennel
  • 2 shallots, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 oil-packed anchovy fillets, chopped
  • 1 tsp. salt-cured capers, rinsed, drained, and minced
  • 1 tsp. whole-grain mustard
  • ½ tsp. chopped fresh thyme, or a little less if dried
  • ¼ tsp. red pepper flakes
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste
  • 4 halibut fillets or steaks, each about 1 inch thick and about 1 ½ pounds total weight

Directions

  1. Prepare a fire in a charcoal grill.
  2. Put the chopped fennel, shallots, garlic, anchovies, and capers in a bowl; toss well. Add the mustard, thyme, pepper flakes, lemon juice, and olive oil and stir to mix. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Place the fish on an oiled grill rack 6 to 8 inches above the fire. Cook for 4 to 5 minutes on each side, turning once. To test for doneness, pierce a piece of fish with a knife; it should be opaque in the center.
  4. Transfer the fish to a warmed platter or individual plates and spoon some of the fennel vinaigrette over the top. Serve the remaining vinaigrette in a bowl alongside.

 

Tip: The fish can also be cooked on a stovetop grill or in a cast-iron skillet, adding a little extra virgin olive oil in both cases.

 

Time Level Yield
30 minutes Easy 4 servings

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