Many times I’ve come home with a beautiful piece of halibut, cooked it and found it either completely dried out or cooked very unevenly. The ends may be fine, but in the middle it’s suspiciously underdone. Not good.
|Arrange the halibut and vegetables inside the parchment paper|
The mistake I always made was folding up the parchment like a tent and then doing some crazy roll-down in the middle. Wrong. Fold the parchment paper over the halibut and vegetables, like a book. Leave about 3-4 inches around each edge.
|Fold the parchment paper over like a book and crimp the ends|
Make sure the packet is sealed all the way around so that 1) the oil doesn’t leak out and 2) the steam stays inside to cook the fish and vegetables.
To give the fish and vegetables a charred finish, I place them back in the oven under the broiler. Now this can seriously dry the fish out, so if you do this, take the fish out 5 minutes before it’s done so that you finish the cooking under the broiler – not extending it.
You can give the fish an even more exquisite, and flavorful, appearance by lightly brushing it with melted butter before broiling. The best melted butter will have garlic and herbs. In this case, I used parsley and dill.
Give the fish, lemons and vegetables anywhere from 3-5 minutes under the broiler.
- 4 Tablespoons Melted Butter
- 2 Cloves Crushed Garlic
- 1 Tablespoon Dill roughly chopped
- 2 Pound Halibut Filet
- 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
- 1 Lemon Sliced and Seeded
- 1/2 Pound Green Beans Topped/Tailed
- 3 Carrots sliced
- In a small saucepan, melt the butter and simmer over very low heat with the crushed garlic and half of the dill
- Place halibut on the lower half of a 12"x32" piece of parchment paper and brush with some of the garlic butter
- Place the green beans and carrots net to the fish, top with lemon slices and drizzle all ingredients with olive oil
- Fold over the parchment paper, like a book, and fold over the edges to make a sealed packet
- Cook in the oven at 400 degrees for 20 minutes.
- Optional: If you wish to broil at the end, only cook for 15 minutes and then finish under a preheated broiler. Brush with more butter before broiling