SERVES 4
Main Course

Ingredients

Halibut with Brown Butter, Lemon, and Aged Fish Sauce
  • wheat berries,1/4,cup,,whole-wheatberries
  • salted butter,1,stick,,
  • grapeseed or canola oil,3,tablespoons,,la-tourangelle-grapeseed-oil
  • halibut,4,6 ounce fillets,skinless,
  • kosher salt,,,,mortons-kosher-salt
  • pepper,,,freshly ground,malabar-peppercorns
  • celery ribs,3,,thinly sliced,
  • scallions,1,bunch,minced (1 cup),
  • dried hot chili,1,,such as árbol,chiles-de-arbol
  • lime juice,2,tablespoons,fresh,
  • Blis Barrel-Aged Red Boat Fish Sauce,3,tablespoons,,blis-bourbon-barrel-aged-fish-sauce
  • Steamed white rice,,,for serving (optional)
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Halibut with Brown Butter, Lemon, and Aged Fish Sauce

Just a few tablespoons of umami-laden aged fish sauce turn simple filets of halibut into something extraordinary. Whole wheat berries and celery add a nice textural contrast. — by Andrew Zimmern from The Red Boat Cookbook
Written By Chef Andrew Zimmern | Oct 27, 2018

Ingredients

Halibut with Brown Butter, Lemon, and Aged Fish Sauce
  • wheat berries,1/4,cup,,whole-wheatberries
  • salted butter,1,stick,,
  • grapeseed or canola oil,3,tablespoons,,la-tourangelle-grapeseed-oil
  • halibut,4,6 ounce fillets,skinless,
  • kosher salt,,,,mortons-kosher-salt
  • pepper,,,freshly ground,malabar-peppercorns
  • celery ribs,3,,thinly sliced,
  • scallions,1,bunch,minced (1 cup),
  • dried hot chili,1,,such as árbol,chiles-de-arbol
  • lime juice,2,tablespoons,fresh,
  • Blis Barrel-Aged Red Boat Fish Sauce,3,tablespoons,,blis-bourbon-barrel-aged-fish-sauce
  • Steamed white rice,,,for serving (optional)
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Step one

In a small pot of boiling water, cook the wheat berries until tender, 20 to 40 minutes. Drain and spread out on a plate to cool.

Step two

In a small skillet, toast the wheat berries until golden and crunchy, 7 to 8 minutes.

Step three

Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, melt the butter. Cook over medium heat until golden brown and nutty-smelling, 5 to 7 minutes.

Step four

In a large nonstick skillet, heat the oil until shimmering. Season the halibut with salt and pepper and cook over moderately high heat until browned on both sides and just cooked through, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate.

Step five

Add the celery, scallions, and dried chili to the skillet and cook, stirring for one minute. Add the brown butter, lime juice, and Red Boat Fish Sauce and cook until the sauce is slightly thickened, about 2 minutes. Add the fish and turn to coat in the sauce. Discard the dried chili.

Step six

Transfer the fish and sauce to a platter and garnish with some of the toasted wheat berries. Serve with rice.