Poached Halibut in Tomato Pepper Sauce

Poached Halibut In Tomato Pepper Sauce Recipe

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Lucy Selvaggio-Diaz


Slow braised fish in a rich sauce. Recipe also works with any firm-flesh fish such as salmon, cod or swordfish. Halve steaks before cooking to serve as an appetizer.


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16 as an appetizer; 8 as a main course
12 Hr
30 Min
Stove Top



  • 3/4 c
    olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp
    sweet paprika
  • 1/2 Tbsp
    hot paprika
  • 1/2 Tbsp
    smoked paprika

  • 1 c
    fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 c

  • 8
    halibut steaks (6 ounces each)
  • 1 bunch
    cilantro, chopped (including the stems)
  • 3
    red bell peppers, finely chopped
  • 2
    onions, sliced thin
  • 3 large
    tomatoes, sliced thin
  • 5 clove
    garlic, sliced thin
  • 2 Tbsp
  • 1 tsp
    white pepper
  • 1 Tbsp
  • 1 Tbsp
  • ·
    cold water to cover

  • 1
    lime, cut into wedges
  • 1/2 c
    cilantro leaf, for garnish

How to Make Poached Halibut in Tomato Pepper Sauce


  1. Prepare the paprika infused oil a day in advance. You can stir it up while it is infusing, but let the actual paprika settle to the bottom before using as you will only be spooning the oil onto the dish.
  2. Prepare a brine with the lemon juice and salt. Brine the steaks for 20 minutes, then rinse with cold water and set aside.
  3. In a large skillet, spread the cilantro, bell peppers, and onions. Arrange the tomatoes over all and scatter the garlic. Place the fish on top of the tomatoes. Season the fish with turmeric, salt, pepper, and sugar. Barely cover with cold water, cover pan, and bring to a boil over high heat. Once it boils, reduce the heat and simmer until the fish is just done and is opaque, 20 to 30 minutes.
  4. Uncover the pan and spoon the paprika infused oil, without disturbing the paprika settled on the bottom, into the skillet. Replace the cover and simmer 5 minutes. Taste and adjust for salt.
  5. To serve: Plate fish, with sauce and vegetables, on individual plates, garnished with fresh cilantro and the lime wedges.

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About Poached Halibut in Tomato Pepper Sauce

Course/Dish: Fish, Seafood Appetizers
Main Ingredient: Fish
Regional Style: American

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