Your Daily Dish: Walnut-Crusted Halibut

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How do you turn a mild fish like halibut into a masterpiece?

This Walnut-Crusted Halibut does all the work for you, with the fish transformed, topped with a zesty Parmesan and walnut crust and served with a lemon, shallot and white wine sauce.


6 (6-8oz) halibut fillets, skin removed
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper

Walnut Crust

1 1/2 cups panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
1 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
2 tbsp melted butter
1 tbsp horseradish
1 tbsp Dijon mustard
1 tbsp chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1 tbsp chopped fresh dill
1 tsp lemon zest
1 tbsp olive oil

Lemon Wine Sauce

1 tsp olive oil
2 tbsp finely chopped shallots
1 cup dry white wine
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp chopped fresh dill
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste


1) Preheat oven to 425°F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and coat with non-stick cooking spray.

2) Pat the fish dry with paper towel and season with salt and pepper. Place on prepared baking sheet 1/2 inch apart.

3) For the crust, in a medium bowl, combine panko, walnuts and Parmesan. Mix in melted butter, horseradish, Dijon mustard, parsley, dill and lemon zest to form a crumbly mixture. Divide panko mixture evenly atop fish and press gently to adhere. Drizzle 1 tbsp olive oil on top of fish. Bake until cooked through, 12-15 minutes.

4) For the sauce, in a medium saucepan, heat 1 tsp olive oil over medium heat. Add shallots and stir for 2 minutes, until slightly softened. Turn heat to high and add white wine and lemon juice. Boil until liquid is reduced, about 6-8 minutes. Reduce heat to low and stir in 2 tbsp butter until melted. Remove from heat and add fresh dill. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve over crusted halibut.

Serves 6

Bite Me Bit: “Fish, to taste right, must swim three times – in water, in butter and in wine.”

-Polish proverb

Another great (and family-friendly) way to serve up halibut is with this Asian Sweet and Sour Halibut recipe.

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