Sautéed Brown Butter Halibut and Citrus Herb Gremolata with Shaved Asparagus Salad
Pan-seared halibut is bathed in brown butter before getting slathered in a punchy gremolata that, along with a lemony and bright asparagus salad, is a delicious counterpoint to the buttery sauce. Part cozy, part fresh, this dish proclaims that spring has sprung.
- 1/2 cup finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
- 1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro
- 1 large garlic clove, grated
- Zest and juice of 1 lemon
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 (8 to 10 ounce) portion halibut
- Kosher salt, to taste
- Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 2 bunches asparagus
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- Juice of 1/2 lemon
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
Make the Gremolata
In a medium bowl, combine the parsley, cilantro, garlic, lemon zest and juice, olive oil, and salt.
Make the asparagus salad
Place the asparagus on a cutting board. Holding the stem end, use a vegetable peeler to peel the asparagus in the opposite direction to create a ribbon. Repeat with the remaining bunch of asparagus and transfer to the bowl. Add the olive oil, lemon juice, and salt, and toss to combine.
Make the Halibut
Pat the halibut dry with paper towels and season all over with salt and pepper. In a large nonstick skillet, heat the oil over medium high heat until shimmering. Add the halibut and cook, without moving, for 3 minutes. Carefully flip the fish over and continue cooking for 2 minutes until the halibut is just cooked through and easily flakes around the edges. Cut into 2 pieces and transfer to plates.
To the same pan, add the butter and cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, until the butter is golden brown and aromatic, 2 to 3 minutes.
Spoon the brown butter over the fish, top with the gremolata, and serve the asparagus salad alongside.
Know Your Cook
- Alexis Deboschnek -
Alexis deBoschnek is a recipe developer and host based in the Catskills in Upstate, New York. She’s the former Senior Test Kitchen Manager at BuzzFeed's Tasty and has contributed recipes to Food52, The Kitchn, Tasting Table, and Chowhound. She's currently working on her first cookbook, coming out in 2022.