Pan-seared Halibut with Melted Cherry Tomatoes and Tarragon
- 4 4-6 ounce halibut fillets
- 1/2 teaspoon finely ground unrefined sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
- 1 tablespoon clarified butter
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 shallot, minced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 pound cherry tomatoes, halved
- 1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh tarragon
Sprinkle the halibut with the salt, pepper, and thyme. Set the fillets on a plate and let them rest a bit while you prepare to cook the fish.
Melt the butter in a wide skillet over medium-high heat. Once the butter melts, arrange the halibut skin side down in the hot fat and sear for 4 or 5 minutes, until the skin crisps and browns. Flip the fish and continue cooking for another 2 to 3 minutes, until it flakes easily when pierced by a fork. Transfer the halibut to a serving plate and tent it with parchment paper or foil to keep it warm.
To prepare the tomatoes, set the skillet you used to cook the fish over medium heat and pour in the olive oil. Toss in the shallot and garlic and cook, stirring frequently, until fragrant and translucent, about 6 minutes. Toss in the tomatoes and sauté them with the shallot and garlic until they soften and release their juice, about 2 minutes. Add the tarragon and continue cooking, stirring frequently, for 1 minute.
Uncover the waiting halibut. Spoon the melted cherry tomato mixture over the fish and serve immediately.
Reprinted with permission from The Nourished Kitchen, written and photographed by Jennifer McGruther (Ten Speed Press, © 2014).