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Steamed Halibut Recipe

Halibut Recipe
Steamed Halibut Recipe


This Steamed Halibut Recipe was shared with us by our cooperative member Nancy Behnken who fishes on the F/V Dipper. This recipe won our fishermen’s recipe contest.

Steamed halibut has a clean, mild flavor that complements this pungent sauce.  We used a bamboo steamer set over simmering water to steam the fish.  It’s helpful to lightly coat the bamboo with cooking spray before adding the fish.

¼ cup finely chopped green onions

2 T finely chopped fresh mint

2 T fresh lime juice

1 T rice vinegar

1-1/2 t sugar

1-1/2 t fish sauce

1-1/2 t dark sesame oil

¼ t red curry paste

1 cup water

¾ cups basmati rice

¾ cup light coconut milk

½ t salt, divided

3 T chopped fresh cilantro

4 Alaska Gold halibut fillets (8 ounces each)

¼ t freshly ground black pepper

4 lime wedges

  • Combine first 8 ingredients in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk. Set aside.
  • Combine 1 cup water, rice, coconut milk, and ¼ t salt in a medium sauce pan; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes or until liquid is absorbed.  Remove from heat; let stand 5 minutes.  Stir in cilantro.
  • Sprinkle fish evenly with remaining ¼ t salt and pepper. Steam fish, covered, 8 minutes or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork or until desired degree of doneness.  Place ½ cup rice on each of 4 plates; top with 1 fillet.  Drizzle each serving with 2 T sauce.  Serve with lime wedges.  Yield: 4 servings.


The sauce is so good that I always double that part of the recipe and it generally all gets eaten!