Halibut Parchment Packets with Coconut-Almond Rice
Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Karen Shinto
3/4 teaspoon red curry paste*
3/4 cup canned coconut milk
3 tablespoons slivered almonds
1/2 cup basmati rice
3 tablespoons unsweetened flaked coconut
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
4 halibut fillets (6 oz. each)
1/4 teaspoon pepper
3/4 pound asparagus, ends trimmed, cut into 2-in. pieces on the diagonal
1/4 pound sugar snap peas
1/4 cup cilantro leaves
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 400°. In a small bowl, whisk curry paste, gradually adding coconut milk. Transfer 1/2 cup sauce to another bowl; set bowls aside.
Toast almonds in a small saucepan over medium heat until golden, 3 minutes. Stir in rice, reserved 1/2 cup sauce, 1/2 cup water, the coconut, and 1/2 tsp. salt. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer, covered, until rice is tender, 16 to 18 minutes.
Season halibut with remaining 1/4 tsp. salt and the pepper while rice cooks. Cut 4 pieces of parchment, each 12 by 14 in. Set a fillet in center of each, then mound asparagus and peas on top (some may roll off). For each packet, bring 2 opposite sides of parchment up over ingredients and fold several times to seal. Bring other sides up and fold to seal. Place packets, folded sides up, on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake until fish is just opaque (poke with a sharp knife to check), 10 to 15 minutes.
Microwave remaining 1/4 cup sauce to warm. Divide rice among 4 plates and top each with fish and vegetables from a packet, discarding extra liquid. Drizzle sauce over dishes and sprinkle with cilantro. Serve with lime wedges.
Quick enough to fix for lunch, but tasty and elegant enough for a nice dinner. The flavors were subtle..I added a bit of chili paste to give the sauce a little heat. I only had tilapia on hand and this worked well. I'd definitely make again.
I cooked this tonight; it was great.
I have been looking for a fairly simple meal using halibut. This is it!
I will cook this for just my wife and myself, and I will use it for special meals. I added some currants to the rice, and served the meal with slices of cantloupe.
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