Halibut Baked in Fresh Green Salsa

Annabelle Breakey; Dan Becker

The creamy, delicately flavored salsa tastes equally good with salmon. Prep and Cook Time: about 40 minutes. Notes: To clean tomatillos, pull off and discard papery husks, rinse fruit well (it will be sticky), and rub dry. You can make the sauce up to 2 days ahead and chill airtight. Serve fish and sauce with rice.

Yield: Makes 6 servings
Total:
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Recipe Time

Total: 40 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 255
  • Calories from fat: 39%
  • Protein: 30g
  • Fat: 11g
  • Saturated fat: 5.4g
  • Carbohydrate: 7.6g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Sodium: 157mg
  • Cholesterol: 60mg

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 3/4 cup coarsely chopped tomatillos (see Notes)
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped onion
  • 2 fresh poblano chiles (6 oz. total), stemmed, seeded (see
  • 1/4 cup packed, coarsely chopped fresh cilantro, plus about 2 tbsp. whole leaves
  • 1/2 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 3/4 cup sour cream, divided
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 to 2 tbsp. lime juice
  • 1 or 2 boned and skinned halibut or salmon fillets (1 3/4 lbs. total; about 1 in. thick)

Preparation

  1. 1. Preheat oven to 375°. In a large frying pan, melt butter over high heat. Stir in flour, remove from heat, and mix to form a smooth paste.
  2. 2. Scrape flour paste into a blender. Add tomatillos, onion, chiles, chopped cilantro, chicken broth, and 1/2 cup sour cream. Whirl until smoothly puréed. Pour green sauce back into frying pan; add salt and lime juice to taste.
  3. 3. Rinse fish, pat dry with paper towels, cut into 6 equal pieces, and season with salt. Set pieces slightly apart in an 8- by 12-in. baking dish.
  4. 4. Bring green sauce to a boil over high heat, stirring. Pour evenly over fish.
  5. 5. Bake fish until it flakes but still looks moist in the center of the thickest part (cut to test), 15 to 20 minutes.
  6. 6. With a wide spatula, transfer fish to plates. Spoon sauce over portions, top with small spoonfuls of remaining sour cream, and sprinkle with cilantro leaves.
  7. How Hot Is Your Chile? To assess a chile's heat, slice off its top through the ribs and seeds, where the heat-producing compound capsaicin is concentrated. Touch the slice to your tongue. If you want your food to be milder, split the chile and scrape out all or some of the ribs and seeds. If your skin is sensitive, wear kitchen gloves or hold the chiles with a fork—and don't touch your eyes.
  8. Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.
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