steamed halibut | designlovefest

bri and i went to a work dinner a couple of weeks ago and they served some steamed halibut in banana leaves. it was delicious and bri said we had to try to make it for ourselves and i’m so glad we did! it was fun to experiment with a new way of cooking fish and it turned out great. there is no oil in this recipe and the fish is tender, flaky and flavorful. i thought it would be intimidating to make but it was surprisingly easy. we got our steam basket at world market and it worked perfectly. the halibut we purchased at Whole Foods.  – joanie

steamed halibut | designlovefest

what youll need:
makes 3-4 servings

Halibut :
3 halibut filets
banana leaves (found in asian or hispanic markets)
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 cumin
1/4 nutmeg
1/4 cayenne
1 teaspoon salt
1 large lemon sliced

mango relish:
1 mango cubbed
1 cup cilantro chopped
1 lime
1/4 red onion finely diced

also, we made this coconut sticky rice to serve along side and followed the recipe exactly.

steamed halibut | designlovefest
steamed halibut | designlovefest
steamed halibut | designlovefest

start by gently rinsing the banana leaves, pat dry. cut into squares large enough to wrap the halibut. set aside.

combined the smoked paprika, ground ginger, cumin, nutmeg and cayenne, mix well. dust each halibut filet with the rub.

to assemble lay a banana leaf flat in front of you, place two lemon slices in the center and put the halibut on top, sprinkle with salt. wrap the banana leaf as pictured below by folding one side at a time.

steamed halibut | designlovefest
steamed halibut | designlovefest

in a stock pot fill a quarter of the pot with water and bring to a boil. cover with a bamboo steamer and place the wrapped fish inside, we did one piece at a time. cover and steamed for 8-10 minutes or until fully cooked and the flesh is white.

steamed halibut | designlovefest
steamed halibut | designlovefest

while the fish is cooking, make the relish by finely dice the onion and cilantro and mango. mix with the juice of a lime and season with a bit salt of taste.

serve over the sticky rice and top with the mango salsa and a wedge of lime!

steamed halibut | designlovefest
steamed halibut | designlovefest

images by: Ivan Solis 

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