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!
I have minor criticisms of this recipe and made minor changes - nevertheless it is a wonderful dish Hubs and I both enjoyed. The potatoes are perfect just as written. The recipe doesn't specify, but for color and interest I didn't peel them and added chopped fresh parsley at the end. Don't be tempted to just boil the garlic along with the potatoes - you'll lose a lot of flavor! I used the ground hazelnuts on half the filets, ground almonds on the other and Hubs and I agree the almonds were the clear winner. I love hazelnuts but in our view they're too sweet to coat fish with. I made my own fresh bread crumbs, seasoning them lightly with an Italian seasoning blend. I used grouper filets and brushed them with olive oil before coating them on both sides with the nut/bread crumb mixture. Because my filets were thin I didn't bother to finish cooking them in the oven - a few minutes in the skillet on both sides cooked them perfectly. The browned butter was a nice touch, but we agreed we could have done without it. I don't think it makes that much a difference in taste and all that extra butter just wasn't necessary. Omitting it would not diminish the dish and would save a lot of calories as well as an extra step in the preparation. I served this with fresh asparagus which was the perfect complement and made for a beautiful presentation. - 31 Jul 2010 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
Delicious!! The crust on this halibut is so, so good! I loved the mashed potatoes because I love garlic, but some of you might want to cut down from 5 cloves, but if you love buttery, garlicy mashed potatoes with tender halibut you will love this recipe! This is my new favorite and I can't wait to try this out on other fish. Loved it! - 12 Mar 2009 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
I never had halibut before and it was delicious with this recipe. I had bought frozen halibut from Costco and defrosted it in the refrigerator over night. I did almost exactly what the recipe says except I used only about 4 tablespoons of butter and for the broth I dissolved a knorr's vegetable bullion cube and used about 4 tablespoons of that. I wish I had used more broth, it was very tasty with the browned butter. The recipe calls for 2 halibut steaks, I made 3, so I thought I would need to increase the nut/bread crumbs so I made 1/3 cup of each, it was way too much, the regular recipe is enough for at least 4 steaks. Overall it was an excellent dinner; and it was so easy and quick to make. I will definitely make it again. - 31 Aug 2009 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)