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Halibut with Avocado Mash and Green Papaya Slaw
© Kana Okada

Halibut with Avocado Mash and Green Papaya Slaw

  • TOTAL TIME: 45 MIN
  • SERVINGS: 4
  • FAST
  • HEALTHY

The Good News David Myers pairs simple poached halibut with contrasting textures: crunchy green papaya, which is rich in vitamins A and C; and creamy avocado, which contains vitamin E and heart-healthy monounsaturated fats.

  1. 8 cups water
  2. 4 shallots, thinly sliced
  3. 6 garlic cloves, halved
  4. 12 thyme sprigs
  5. 2 tablespoons black peppercorns
  6. 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  7. 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  8. 1 lemon, halved
  9. 2 tablespoons sugar
  10. 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
  11. Crushed red pepper
  12. 1 pound green papaya—peeled seeded and julienned (2 cups)
  13. Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  14. 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  15. 1 large Hass avocado, mashed
  16. Four 6-ounce skinless halibut fillets
  1. In a large saucepan, combine the water, shallots, garlic, thyme, peppercorns, kosher salt and oil. Squeeze the lemon over the saucepan and add to the pan. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 30 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in a microwave-safe bowl, mix the sugar and vinegar and microwave at high power for 1 minute; stir to dissolve the sugar. Add a pinch of crushed red pepper and the green papaya. Season with sea salt and black pepper and toss to coat.
  3. In a small bowl, mash the lime juice into the avocado and season with sea salt and crushed red pepper.
  4. Place the halibut in a deep, medium skillet, leaving some space between the fillets. Strain enough of the aromatic poaching liquid over the fish to just cover it. Simmer the halibut gently over very low heat just until the fish flakes easily with a fork, about 10 minutes.
  5. Spoon the mashed avocado onto 4 plates and top with the halibut. Using a slotted spoon, mound the papaya slaw on the fish and serve right away.
Notes One Serving 310 cal, 11 gm fat, 1.5 gm sat fat, 17 gm carb, 4.3 gm fiber.