Wild-caught Pacific Halibut is a versatile, mild whitefish. Alaska is home to 75% of the halibut caught in the United States. Alaskan Halibut season starts in Mid-March, then kicks into full gear in Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia in May. So, it’s the perfect time to get your halibut game on. Try a variety of preparations during Halibut Season and enjoy this delicious and lovely fish.
When you’re choosing Halibut, make sure you’re aware of your eco-choices and select sustainable seafood for your health and the health of our oceans! The Organic Authority reminds us that Pacific Halibut, caught along the West Coast, is an eco-best choice. Atlantic Halibut contains unsafe levels of mercury, (PCBs), and toxic industrial chemicals.
According to the National Aquarium, “Seafood is sustainable when it’s caught or farmed in a way that meets the needs of the current generation without compromising the needs of future generations.” Fishing practices and overfishing damage the oceans, negatively affect fish habitat and breeding grounds, and contribute to reduced species populations. When you purchase “sustainable seafood” you’re making a conscientious choice to make a difference in fish populations, and you’re supporting the healthy future of our oceans.
Fresh Halibut has a firm and flaky texture and very low fat content. As a result, it’s easy to overcook and dry out. To retain this fish’s moisture, season it generously with olive oil whether you’re baking, broiling, pan searing, or barbecuing. Sauces and seasonings love fresh Halibut’s lovely white flesh and you will too. At TheBrownLounge we love Halibut & Chips. We fry the Halibut with a crunchy panko batter, and serve it with Fried Potato Wedges and Caper Tartar Sauce for a wonderful taste treat!
Macadamia Coconut Encrusted Halibut is another popular preparation that seals in Halibut’s moisture, adding a crunchy sweet coating. Serve it with Coconut Rice for a yummy dinner with friends. Of course we also love the salty savory flavor of Prosciutto and Basil Wrapped Halibut. They’re all delicious! Eat this lovely tender fish just for the Hal-i-but!
Try these and other succulent seafood menus and recipes!
Cheers! Holly Brown
Publisher, Foodie, WebTV Host of TheBrownLounge.com