This next recipe that I’m about to share with you is a bit on the spicy side. If you would only like to have a hint of spice, you can use the smallest jalapeno and chili pepper you can find. Lemon juice always helps balance out the spiciness without completely depleting the flavors.Feel free to be liberal with the amount of lemon juice you use should the spiciness be too overwhelming to your taste. I used halibut but this recipe would also work well with perch, sole, or talapia. I diverted from my meat routine and made a fish dish instead over the weekend. It was long devoured. Otherwise I wouldn’t be sitting here publishing this recipe ;-). This elegant dish only takes minutes to prepare. This recipe would be perfect for a meatless romantic meal. Serve this fish with whole grain rice or salad.
For this recipe, you will need:
- 1 1/2 to 2 pounds halibut fillets, cut into 6- to 8-ounce portions
- 3 tablespoons of lemon or lime juice
- 4 tablespoons of olive oil divided
- 1 small jalapeno pepper chopped seeds removed
- 1 small chili pepper chopped seeds removed
- 1/2 teaspoon of chopped garlic
- 1 tablespoon of fresh cilantro chopped
- Salt and pepper for taste
Heat the oven to 400° and position the oven rack in the center of the oven. Line a greased baking dish with foil. Wash halibut fillets and pat dry. Rub the fillets all over with 2 tablespoons olive oil and lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper. Place the remaining olive oil, jalapeno pepper,chili pepper, garlic and cilantro in a food processor. Combine well till you get a paste like consistency. Drizzle in some lemon juice if necessary. Spread jalapeno chili paste evenly over each fillet. Bake the halibut for 10 to 12 minutes, or until the fillets are cooked through ( a little less time if you sear the tops before baking).
Yields 4 servings