Friday, July 2, 2010

Potato Crusted Halibut with Sauteed Spinach

This was awesome! It was fun to make, beautifully asthetic, and absolutely delicious. It's the recipe for Potato Crusted Halibut  from Anne Burrell's show: Secrets of a Restaurant Chef. I really can't express how lovely this recipe is. It has a mildly accented flavor from the infused oil. I did not take the time (or missed/blocked) out the part of the recipe that says "in a nonstick saute pan", (which I will make certain to do the next time) I used my heavy stainless pan. To accompany the fish I sauteed spinach in a little cooked bacon with green onions, lemon juice, red pepper flakes, and a pinch of fresh grated nutmeg.

I was so entranced with this recipe, that I never took any other photos of the ingredients;
oil, potatoes, or the fish. If you've never tried this I encourage you to do so soon. You
won't be disappointed.

Potato Crusted Halibut
Courtesy of Anne Burrell and FoodNetwork

1 1/2 cups extra-virgin olive oil
6 garlic cloves, smashed
1 thyme bundle
2 bay leaves
1 lemon, zest removed from the lemon with a vegetable peeler in wide strips
Pinch crushed red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon fennel seeds
3 Yukon gold potatoes, scrubbed
4 (6-ounce) Pacific halibut fillets
Kosher salt
In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the olive oil, garlic, thyme, bay leaves, lemon zest, crushed red pepper flakes and fennel seeds. Bring to a boil then turn the heat off and let it sit for at least 1 hour. (*Big tip: This can be done ahead and used for LOTS of different things.)

Cook's Note: In this case it is important to work quickly and to slice the potatoes for 1 halibut fillet at a time. We are NOT going to soak the potatoes in water, this will help them maintain their starch so they will stick to each other and to the fish, but could cause them to turn brown.

Using a mandoline, slice 1 potato extremely thin, (paper thin), in elongated rounds. Lay a piece of parchment paper on a clean, dry work surface. Arrange 3 potato slices in an overlapping vertical line pressing them together as you put them on the parchment. Repeat this process until you have a 4 by 6-inch overlapping potato rectangle that replicates fish scales. Brush the potato "scales" with the infused oil and sprinkle with salt. Season the halibut with salt. Lay the halibut fillet closer to 1 end of the potato rectangle than the other and then roll the fish up in the potato slices, using the parchment to help facilitate the rolling. Press to compact and really adhere the potatoes to the fish. Brush the outside of the potatoes with the infused oil to seal the potatoes and to prevent the potatoes from turning brown, this will also help make a nice tight "fish package". Reserve the fish in the refrigerator while preparing the remaining fillets. Refrigerate the fillets for at least 1 hour before cooking.

To cook the fish:
Add the infused olive oil to a large nonstick saute pan until the bottom is generously covered and bring the pan to a medium-high heat. Season the fish with salt and add to the pan. Cook the fish on both sides for 3 to 4 minutes frequently spooning the excess oil over the fish to "baste" it. The potatoes should be crispy golden brown and very well flavored and the fish will be succulent inside its crispy "scales". Transfer to serving plates and serve.
Makes 4 Servings

I do hope you'll give this a try. It's not as complicated as it seems. You really do need a mandoline though, in order to slice the potatoes paper thin. I know I'll be making this again and again, maybe switching up the flavor profiles  just for fun.

Potato Crusted Halibut

A delicious, lightly flavor infused, beautfully asthetic halibut recipe.

Courtesy of Anne Burrell and FoodNetwork.

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 Potato Crusted Halibut on Foodista
Carla and Michael


  1. Even though halibut is not my favourite fish, this recipe looks just delicius..!! compliments..!!!!

  2. I love all kinds of fish...this looks extremely delicious with sauteed spinach.

  3. This looks like a wonderful recipe and the flavors sound delicious! I confess I haven't cooked halibut before as I've beena bit hesitant with fish, thinking it was too tricky to make at home. But, in the last year I've ventured out somewhat.
    I made salmon a few weeks ago and also missed the part in the directions about using a nonstick pan. I tasted good, but looked rather messy, to say the least. Yours turned out very nice!

  4. I love when someone finds a recipe they truly love because then you really know it is good. My husband loves fish and I never make it because I am not a huge fan so never really learned to make it. This sounds so good. I am going to have to make it. I think he will be really pleased. Thanks!

  5. This is a great recipe... I love herb flavored oil and the dish looks just spectacular... love potato scales... can't wait to try this one!!!

  6. Great job with this dish. Lovely presentation with a potato crust on the fish. The fish looks cooked to perfection.


  7. I think this looks and sounds delicious. It is one I am definitely going to try. I hope you have a great holiday. Blessings...Mary

  8. What a lovely dish!!!!Love the potato crust!

  9. This is a dream come true. I would like to try it with salmon. WHy not include it in My Meatless Mondays. It is still open.

    I will try to get back to you, if I make it or you will find it on my blog.


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