Hazelnut crusted halibut with garlic mash and brown butter sauce

Hazelnut crusted halibut with garlic mash and brown butter sauce


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About this recipe: This a fantastically romantic meal for two, but can be easily made for more! Halibut fillets are pan-roasted with a lovely hazelnut crust. The garlic mash goes perfectly with the accompanying brown butter sauce. Enjoy!


Serves: 2 

  • 450g red potatoes, cut into chunks
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 4 tablespoons hazelnuts
  • 4 tablespoons seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 2 halibut fillets
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable stock

Prep:20min  ›  Cook:25min  ›  Ready in:45min 

  1. Place the potatoes into a large pot, and cover with water. Bring to the boil over high heat; reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer until tender, about 20 minutes. While the potatoes are boiling, mash the garlic with 1/2 teaspoon of salt into a smooth paste. Drain potatoes, then mash together with the garlic paste, butter and pepper. Keep warm.
  2. Preheat an oven to 260 C / Gas 10.
  3. Pulse the hazelnuts and breadcrumbs in a food processor until finely ground, but not ground into a paste. Pour onto a shallow dish. Season the halibut fillets on both sides with 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Gently press one side of each halibut fillet into the nut mixture, and set aside.
  4. Heat the olive oil and 1 tablespoon of butter in an ovenproof frying pan over medium-high heat. Place the halibut fillets nut-side-up into the frying pan; cook until the halibut begins to brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Turn the fillets over, and place into the preheated oven. Bake, nut-side-down until the fish flakes easily with a fork, about 5 minutes.
  5. Melt the remaining 5 tablespoons of butter in a small saucepan over medium-high heat until it turns nut brown. Stir in the vegetable stock, and bring to a simmer.
  6. To serve, mound the potatoes onto the centre of each dinner plate. Place a halibut fillet on top of the mashed potatoes nut-side-up, then drizzle with the browned butter sauce.

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