Halibut with Orange and Dill

Serves 4

Halibut is a fish I love, but for many years was afraid to make at home.  I’d always seen it at restaurants poached in olive oil, or crusted with potato, or something equally daunting to prepare at home.  I got over my fear when I agreed to cook a late night impromptu dinner for a friend, only to discover the only protein in the house was some frozen halibut steak. The following recipe is one I adapted using the ingredients she had to offer that night.

Four pieces of halibut steak, ¼ to ½ pound per person
One medium organic orange
1 bunch of dill, washed and patted dry with a paper towel
Olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

Heat the oven to 425.
Oil a cookie sheet with canola oil.
Chop ¼ cup of dill fronds.  Place in a bowl.
Wash orange.  Finely grate the peel with a cheese grater or planer.
Place grated peel in bowl with dil.  Squeeze juice of the same orange into the bowl.
Add two tablespoons of olive oil, salt and pepper to taste. Combine thoroughly.
Wash halibut (fresh or defrosted) under cold running water, and pat dry with a paper towel.
Place halibut pieces on the oiled cookie sheet.
Coat halibut pieces evenly with orange and dill mixture.
Bake 15 to 20 minutes, or until cooked through.

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