Sunday, 22 September 2013

Halibut In Creamy Wine Sauce

One of the most delectable and versatile fish to cook is halibut because of its firm, mild and white flesh. To make a simple yet delightful gourmet meal, halibut is cooked in the crock pot with a luscious and creamy white wine sauce in this recipe. Halibut is a large flat fish. Its range in sizes depends on its age and kind. The California halibut is relatively smaller. While the Pacific halibut is gigantic in size and can grow up to more than 500 pounds. Most of the time, halibut is sold as steaks in markets and groceries and don't forget about the perfect paired wine for this recipe.

Halibut is very healthy. It can be included in the weekly diet because it is sustainable, especially the Pacific halibut. Most of the halibuts sold in the market are Pacific, specifically Alaskan fishery. California halibut is available in California and usually caught between 4 and 12 pounds. But these kinds of halibut are sold as fillet since they are relatively small in size. Both kinds of halibuts are similar in taste and texture. Halibut can be sold fresh or frozen. This kind of fish stores very well as long as it is vacuum-sealed. It can retain its quality for a year.

In this recipe, the halibut is cooked in the slow cooker or crock pot. It contains very little oil because it is a lean fish. It can dry out pretty fast when cooked improperly or too long. While it is cooking, the white wine sauce is added to the dry halibut steaks. It also provides moisture and flavor, allowing the meat to absorb the flavors well. There is no need to marinade the halibut like many recipes require. In the process of slow cooking, the flavors the fish will penetrate deep into the flesh and make a really tasty dish. Also enhancing the moisture and flavor of the fish is the lemon added at the end.

250gms packages halibut - steaks, thawed
2 tablespoons flour, all-purpose
1 tablespoon white sugar
Salt to taste
100gms butter
1/3 cup white wine - dry
2/3 cup milk - or half and half
1 lemon cut into 4

1. Dry the halibut steaks. Then put them in Crock-Pot.

2. Mix the flour, sugar and salt in a separate bowl. Set aside.

3. Melt butter in a pan and add the above flour mixture. Keep stirring. When it combines well, add wine and milk. Cook over medium heat until thick consistency is reached while stirring constantly.

4. Let it boil for a couple of minutes. Pour this sauce on the dry halibut steaks. Cover. Cook on High flame for about 20 minutes.

5. Once cooked transfer halibut to serving plate. Garnish with chopped lemons.

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