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Steamed Halibut Packages

Leigh Beisch
Total time 1 hr
Yield Makes 6 servings
Because halibut is the star of this recipe, make sure that you use the freshest fish available. Prep and Cook Time: 1 hour. Notes: You'll need two bunches of chard to get enough large leaves to wrap the fish, and a two-tiered bamboo steamer to steam it. It's essential that the lemons be sliced paper thin--a mandoline or very sharp knife works well.

Ingredients

  • About 2 tbsp. salt
  • 2 bunches Swiss chard, stems removed and discarded
  • 1 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 tablespoons chopped thyme
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter
  • 6 halibut fillets (each 6 to 8 oz. and about 1 in. thick)
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 lemons, sliced paper thin
  • 2 tablespoons minced shallot
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

Nutrition Information

  • calories 396
  • caloriesfromfat 45 %
  • protein 45 g
  • fat 20 g
  • satfat 10 g
  • carbohydrate 11 g
  • fiber 4.5 g
  • sodium 1728 mg
  • cholesterol 105 mg

How to Make It

  1. Bring a large pot of water to boil and add 1 tbsp. salt. Fill a large bowl with ice water and set aside. Select the 12 largest chard leaves (save remaining chard for another use) and cook in boiling water 1 minute. With tongs or a slotted spoon, transfer chard to ice water.

  2. Drain chard and spread leaves out on clean, dry kitchen towels.

  3. Arrange one large leaf on your workspace horizontally and arrange a second leaf on top of and perpendicular to the first. Sprinkle some of the parsley and thyme down center of leaves, then top with 1 1/2 tsp. butter. Generously season halibut with salt and pepper and set 1 fillet on butter and herbs. Arrange 4 lemon slices over top of fillet. Fold chard leaves around fish to enclose. Place packet seam side down in a steamer basket large enough to accommodate all six packets (or use a two-tiered bamboo steamer). Repeat with remaining 5 fillets.

  4. Fill a large, high-sided frying pan or a wok with enough water to come 3/4 in. up sides and bring water to a boil. Add steamer basket and cover. Steam fish until just cooked through, 6 to 8 minutes. Very carefully cut into one packet to check fish for doneness.

  5. While fish is steaming, make beurre blanc: Put shallot and lemon juice in a small nonreactive saucepan over medium heat. Cook until liquid is reduced to 1 tbsp. Remove from heat and whisk in remaining 5 tbsp. butter, 1 tbsp. at a time, until emulsified. Season with salt and pepper.

  6. Serve fish packets immediately, topped with beurre blanc.

  7. Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.