Halibut with Peas

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Halibut with Peas
Halibut with Peas
Kelly Campbell

Halibut with Peas

This is my Sunday go-to dinner. I learned it in 1995 from a woman nicknamed Titi. She was from Genoa and married to Giorgio Gallizio, the man who hired me to open Giorgio's at the Pier in Juneau, Alaska. Giorgio wanted his wife to put some of her dishes on the menu. I was skeptical at first, but then she started cooking for me. Skepticism be gone! She made me some incredible dishes, like ravioli Genovese (sweetbread and brain ravioli), fried porcini mushrooms, and halibut with peas. The halibut was my favorite, and it went on the menu at Giorgio's. It was on my menu at Vetri for a while, too, but nowadays it shows up more often on my own kitchen table. My wife just loves it. Sometimes, I'll toss in a little chopped pancetta to make it richer. But don't even bother using anything but freshly shelled peas. The smaller, the better. Once they get too big, they go from sweet to starchy.

6
Servings
240
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1/4 Cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 Cups freshly shelled green peas (about 2 pounds peas in the pod)
  • 1 small shallot, minced
  • 1 clove garlic, smashed
  • 1/2 Cup dry white wine
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes
  • 1 1/2 Pound halibut, skinned
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 2 Teaspoons sherry vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped flat-leaf parsley

Directions

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat and sauté the peas, shallot, and garlic until soft but not browned, 3-4 minutes. Add the wine, red pepper flakes, and ½ cup water and simmer rapidly over medium-high heat until only a few tablespoons of liquid are left in the pan, 5-6 minutes.

 

Cut the halibut into 6 pieces and season all over with salt and pepper, to taste. Add the halibut to the pan and drizzle in the sherry vinegar. Reduce the heat to medium and cook, turning a few times, until you can almost break the halibut apart with your fingers, 6-8 minutes, adding the parsley halfway through and spooning the liquid from the pan over the fish now and then. Transfer the fish to a platter or plates and keep warm.

 

Increase the heat to medium-high and add another ½ cup water in 2-tablespoon increments, stirring during each addition. Cook until the liquid in the pan reduces in volume and thickens slightly and the peas are tender, 6-8 minutes total. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Remove the garlic and pour the peas and sauce over and around the fish on the platter or plates.

Halibut Shopping Tip

A fresh fish should not smell fishy nor have milky, opaque eyes; it should have bright red gills, firm flesh, and a tight anal cavity.

Halibut Cooking Tip

Whole fish should be stored upright in ice in the refrigerator.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
11g
17%
Sugar
3g
N/A
Saturated Fat
2g
8%
Cholesterol
56mg
19%
Protein
24g
48%
Carbs
9g
3%
Vitamin A
45µg
5%
Vitamin B12
1µg
21%
Vitamin B6
0.7mg
37.1%
Vitamin C
21mg
35%
Vitamin D
5µg
1%
Vitamin E
2mg
10%
Vitamin K
29µg
36%
Calcium
28mg
3%
Fiber
3g
12%
Folate (food)
49µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
49µg
12%
Iron
1mg
6%
Magnesium
46mg
12%
Monounsaturated
7g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
8mg
42%
Phosphorus
328mg
47%
Polyunsaturated
1g
N/A
Potassium
657mg
19%
Riboflavin (B2)
0.1mg
6.1%
Sodium
449mg
19%
Thiamin (B1)
0.2mg
12.8%
Zinc
1mg
7%