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Halibut w/Pepitas, Capers and Tomatoes


Cat Cora's Recipes

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  • 2 tbsp Pepitas (Pumpkin seeds)
  • 6 0z Halibut fillets (4)
  • 2 tsp Kosher salt
  • 2 tsp Black pepper (freshly grounded)
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil (extra virgin)
  • 2 tbsp Lemon juice (fresh)
  • 1 cup White wine (dry)
  • 2 tbsp Butter (unsalted)
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Capers (drained and rinsed)
  • 1/2 cup Cherry tomatoes (halved, quartered if big)
  • 1/2 cup Fresh basil (torn, plus a handful of small leaves for garnish)


Adapted from images


Step 1

1.)In a small, dry skillet over medium-low heat, toast the pepitas lightly. Don't allow them to brown. As soon as you begin to smell them, remove the pan from the heat and transfer to a large plate. Set aside.

2.) Preheat the oven to 400 degree F.

3.) Sprinkle the halibut on both sides with 1 tsp of the salt and the pepper. Heat the oil in a large skillet with an ovenproof handle over med-high heat until it begins to shimmer but is not smoking. Place the fillets skin side up in the hot oil and sear until the fish begins to turn color, 2 to 3 minutes. Turn the fillets and add the lemon juice, wine, and butter to the pan. As soon as the butter melts and becomes foamy, add the capers and tomatoes and simmer until the tomatoes release some juices, about 1 minute.

4.) Place the pan in the oven until the fish is cooked through, 7-10 minutes. Baste the fish with some of the juices and transfer to serving plates. Add the cup torn basil, pepitas, and the remaining tsp of salt to the pan juices and stir until the basil is slightly wilted. Spoon the mixture over the fish, garnish with fresh basil leaves, and serve.


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