Halibut and Summer Vegetables en Papillote
© John Cullen

Halibut and Summer Vegetables en Papillote

  • ACTIVE: 30 MIN

Nikole Herriott's blog, Forty-Sixth at Grace (fortysixthatgrace.blogspot.com) has some of the web's best food photos, styled with kitchen tools she sells online. Here, her pretty halibut in parchment.

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  1. 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  2. 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  3. 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  4. 1 tablespoon thyme leaves
  5. Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  6. 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  7. Four 6-ounce halibut steaks, about 1 inch thick
  8. 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  9. 1 lemon, thinly sliced into 12 rounds
  10. 1/4 cup Niçoise olives
  11. 5 baby zucchini, quartered lengthwise
  12. 1 teaspoon ground coriander seeds
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. On a baking sheet, toss the tomatoes with the oil, vinegar and thyme. Arrange the tomatoes cut side up and season with salt and pepper. Bake the tomatoes for 45 minutes, until slightly dried.
  2. In a large skillet, melt 1 tablespoon of the butter. Season the halibut with salt and pepper and add to the skillet. Cook over moderately high heat until lightly browned on one side, about 3 minutes; transfer to a plate.
  3. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter to the skillet and cook over moderate heat until it just starts to brown, about 2 minutes. Remove from the heat, stir in the lemon juice and season with salt and pepper.
  4. Lay four 15-inch-long sheets of parchment paper on a work surface. Arrange 3 lemon slices in the center of each sheet and top with a halibut steak, seared side up. Scatter the tomatoes, olives and zucchini evenly around the fish, spoon on the butter sauce and sprinkle with the coriander. Fold the parchment over the fish and vegetables and fold the edge over itself in small pleats to seal.
  5. Transfer the papillotes to a baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes, until slightly puffed. Snip the parchment open with scissors and serve.

Suggested Pairing

Unoaked Chardonnay.