Thursday, May 10, 2012

Halibut with Stone Fruit Salsa

Stone Fruit is starting to make an appearance at the Farmer's Market this week--I've noticed them in the stores too.  It's a little early for some organics but when you get them at the Farmer's Market you can have a chat with the grower and see what they use to manage their crops.  Right after I picked up some halibut from Mission Fresh Fish, I got some wonderfully sour peaches from Twin Girls Farm and my first thought after tasting them was "salsa."  The cherries are from Hamlow Ranches and although a little tart, still a great start to cherry season.  Golden cauliflower from Balakian Farms finished off the meal.  It's going to be a great summer!

Stone Fruit Salsa

1-2 cups cherries, pitted and roughly chopped
1 cup peaches (about 2 large or 3 small), cut into 1/4" dice--here's a handy tool to remove the stone
1 Tbsp. ginger, peeled and minced
1/4 cup red onion, 1/4" dice
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
1/4 cup lime juice (about 4 limes)
1 Tbsp. chopped jalapeno (or more to your taste)
sea salt and pepper

Combine everything in a non-reactive bowl and let sit for at least an hour covered in the fridge.  This will last about 2 days in the refrigerator--but there won't be any left after the first day.

Halibut and Cauliflower

1 head cauliflower
Halibut fillets (about 3-6 oz. per person)
2 Tbsp. coconut oil
1 Tbsp. olive oil
sea salt and pepper

Preheat the oven to 425.  Wash and chop or thickly slice the cauliflower.  Spread on cookie sheet, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle a little sea salt over everything.   Roast in oven for 10 min. While cauliflower is roasting rinse and pat dry halibut fillets, drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.  Get a large skillet and over medium high heat, melt the coconut oil until hot.  At the 10 min. mark of your cauliflower, turn over the cauliflower pieces and roast another 10 min.  Start searing your halibut, about 5 min. a side or until it is fully opaque in the center. Cauliflower and halibut should be done at the same time. 

The kids loved the combination of the salsa with the fish and even gobbled up all the cauliflower, it was a really nice fish dish!

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