Pan-Seared Halibut with Bell Pepper Relish

Pan-Seared Halibut with Bell Pepper Relish Recipe
Photo: John Autry; Styling: Cindy Barr and Leigh Ann Ross
This relish also works well with grilled chicken. Serve with a simple spinach salad. Be sure to purchase wild Alaskan halibut for a sustainable choice; avoid Atlantic halibut.


Serves 4 (serving size: 1 fillet and about 1/4 cup relish)

Recipe from

Cooking Light

Nutritional Information

Calories 252
Fat 10.2 g
Satfat 2 g
Monofat 5.7 g
Polyfat 2.2 g
Protein 35.7 g
Carbohydrate 4.5 g
Fiber 1.2 g
Cholesterol 122 mg
Iron 0.9 mg
Sodium 286 mg
Calcium 44 mg


1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
4 (6-ounce) halibut fillets
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons chopped shallots
1 teaspoon minced fresh garlic
1 cup chopped yellow bell pepper
1/2 cup chopped plum tomato
1 tablespoon sherry vinegar
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 tablespoon chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley


1. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add 2 1/4 teaspoons oil to pan; swirl to coat. Sprinkle halibut evenly with salt and black pepper. Add fish to pan; cook 3 minutes on each side or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork or until desired degree of doneness. Carefully remove fish from pan, and keep warm.

2. Add remaining 2 1/4 teaspoons oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add shallots and garlic to pan; sauté 1 minute. Add bell pepper and next 3 ingredients (through paprika); sauté 3 minutes or until bell pepper is tender. Stir in parsley. Serve relish with fish.

Maureen Callahan,

Cooking Light

January 2012
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