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Poached Halibut in Hot & Sour Broth


Serves four.

  • by from Fine Cooking
    Issue 57

  • 2 Tbs. soy sauce
  • 4 halibut fillets, 1/2 lb. each (about 1-inch thick)
  • 1 qt. homemade or low-salt chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 3 Tbs. tomato paste
  • 2-1/2 Tbs. cider vinegar
  • 12 quarter-size slices fresh ginger, cut into thin strips
  • 1/4 tsp. Tabasco or other hot sauce
  • 1/4 cup sliced scallions (greens included)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

Drizzle the soy sauce over both sides of the halibut fillets. Cover and refrigerate.

In a 12-inch sauté pan, combine the chicken broth, honey, tomato paste, vinegar, ginger, and Tabasco. Bring to a simmer over medium heat and cook gently for 12 minutes, stirring occasionally and skimming foam as necessary. Add the fillets, cover, and poach gently at a bare simmer over medium-low heat until the flllets are slightly firm to the touch and the centers are almost opaque (make a small slit with a knife to check), 6 to 8 minutes; the fish should be slightly undercooked at this point. Turn off the heat and let sit covered for another 2 minutes.

Divide the halibut and broth evenly among four shallow bowls. Sprinkle generously with the scallions and cilantro and serve with a spoon for the broth.

Serving Suggestions

Set a mound of white or brown rice into the broth with the fish.

nutrition information (per serving):
Calories (kcal): 360, Fat (kcal): 6, Fat Calories (g): 50, Saturated Fat (g): 1, Protein (g): 51, Monounsaturated Fat (g): 2, Carbohydrates (mg): 24, Polyunsaturated Fat (mg): 2, Sodium (g): 720, Cholesterol (g): 75, Fiber (g): 1,

Photo: Scott Phillips

This is SOO good. I had never poached fish before, and was worried how it would taste. I followed the recipe exactly as written and this is amazing. I add a scoop of cooked rice to the bowl before putting the fish in and serve it with roasted asparagus.

Very good. Using Sriracha instead of Tabasco, I added more to make it pleasantly spicy.

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Excellent recipe, one of my family's favorite. I make it with sea bass, and roast fish separately in the oven instead of poaching it. Then pour broth over it and serve.

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