Halibut Barigoule

Halibut Barigoule
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Halibut Barigoule

BLT Fish/ESquared Hospitality

Halibut Barigoule

A wonderful update to the classic Provençal barigoule, this dish, light and full of flavor, with the addition of fiddlehead ferns and fava beans, definitely marks the arrival of spring!


For the barigoule sauce

Trim off the outer leaves of the artichokes. Then, with a paring knife, cut off the inner leaves until only the heart remains. Cut into quarters, and rub with lemon juice to prevent browning.

Heat the olive oil in heavy saucepan over medium heat. Render the bacon until it is done, but not crispy or burnt. Add the fennel, onion, leeks, and garlic. Sauté until the onion is translucent, about 2-3 minutes.

Add the wine and bring to boil over high heat. Then, add the vegetable stock, return to a boil, and add the artichokes. Once the artichokes are tender, drain, reserving the cooking liquid, and let cool. Discard the fennel, onion, leeks, and garlic.

For the ferns and fava beans

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and set up an ice bath. Blanch the fiddlehead ferns and fava beans until al dente, about 3-5 minutes. Then, drain and transfer to the ice bath. Remove from the ice bath and set aside.

In a large skillet, heat the olive oil. Sauté the fiddlehead ferns and fava beans for 1-2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

For the fish

Brush the olive oil on both sides of the halibut fillets. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Heat a sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add the fillets and cook for about 5-7 minutes, turning once to sear both sides.

In another sauté pan, heat about 1 cup of the artichoke braising liquid and 2 cups of the trimmed artichokes. Transfer to serving bowls or deep plates. Place the halibut portions on top, and serve the fiddlehead fern mixture alongside. Garnish with the dill.


*Note: Salmon or sea scallops would also work with this dish.


Calories per serving:

1,462 calories

Dietary restrictions:

High Fiber Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Egg Free, Milk Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Shellfish Free

Daily value:



  • Fat 62g 95%
  • Carbs 145g 48%
  • Saturated 12g 58%
  • Fiber 63g 251%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 21g
  • Monounsaturated 38g
  • Polyunsaturated 8g
  • Protein 76g 151%
  • Cholesterol 86mg 29%
  • Sodium 3,168mg 132%
  • Calcium 633mg 63%
  • Magnesium 773mg 193%
  • Potassium 5,646mg 161%
  • Iron 19mg 106%
  • Zinc 8mg 56%
  • Phosphorus 1,597mg 228%
  • Vitamin A 404µg 45%
  • Vitamin C 197mg 329%
  • Thiamin (B1) 1mg 71%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 1mg 80%
  • Niacin (B3) 31mg 154%
  • Vitamin B6 2mg 115%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 819µg 205%
  • Vitamin B12 2µg 26%
  • Vitamin D 6µg 2%
  • Vitamin E 10mg 50%
  • Vitamin K 229µg 287%
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