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Halibut Parchment Packets with Coconut-Almond Rice

Renée created this recipe with her favorite fish, opah, when visiting Hawaii, but she also makes it with halibut, which is easier to find.

Sunset MARCH 2011

  • Yield: Serves 4
  • Total: 45 Minutes


  • 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
  • Lime wedges


1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

*Find in grocery stores' Asian-foods aisle.

Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 600
  • Calories from fat: 60%
  • Protein: 32g
  • Fat: 40g
  • Saturated fat: 15g
  • Carbohydrate: 31g
  • Fiber: 3.5g
  • Sodium: 579mg
  • Cholesterol: 84mg

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