As a kid, I disliked fish. My mother, in her true German way, loved to cook whole trout and serve it to us this way. When you're young, if it doesn't look like fish sticks and isn't served with tater tots-- well, a fish with cooked eyeballs looking up at me is about as disgusting as you can get. I refused to eat it. Period.
I avoided fish at all costs, until my early thirties. That's when I discovered Petrale Sole. It was a whole new world! I have also learned to appreciate fresh salmon and fresh tilapia. I've also discovered that fresh trout, sans eyeballs, is a very tasty fish. My favorite way to prepare fish is to sear and roast it (grilling it comes in second). I love the flavorful crust that develops on high heat on a stove, and then is roasted perfectly to present moist and tender fish. Ever since I watched "Food Inc." I have decided to spend a few extra dollars to buy fresh and non-farmed fish. I decided to splurge and buy fresh Pacific (Alaskan) halibut, at my local fish market, which is considered to be the best sustainable choice-- @$17.00 a pound. Ouch. "How long ago was this halbut swimming off Alaskan waters?", I asked.
"Two days ago", he replied.
"I sure hope so", I thought to myself.
So I pondered what to do with these....
I spotted two ears of corn a friend had given me from her CSA box. In the bowl have fresh corn, zucchini and tomatoes.
...and I set the whole pan into the oven, next to the roasting halibut. You could cook the succotash entirely on the stove top, if you prefer.
VERDICT: Halibut is currently my favorite fish. This fish is very mild, and was moist and perfectly cooked. The succotash was so delicious, if I do say so myself. There is something to be said when you can enjoy vegetables that were freshly picked from your own backyard! We grow most of our vegetables in containers, and I encourage anyone to try this. As for the fish-- it was well worth the price I paid. It feels good to support my local fish monger, and I truly could taste the difference from farm-raised not-so-fresh fish. My childhood aversion to fish is gone.
This dinner would have cost, easily, $50.00 in a restaurant. Of course, the dishes don't wash themselves. Fortunately, my husband is great about helping with that.
That's what I call a Date Night! I cook. He cleans. Then, we cuddle and watch a movie at home.
No recipe card for the fish is needed, don't you think This is all technique, and not being afraid to use herbs and seasonings. The side dish recipe cards are below.