Halibut with Fresh Fennel and New Potatoes
- TOTAL TIME: 30 MIN
- SERVINGS: 4
Katy Sparks makes sure to use unblemished small fennel bulbs, which are usually more tender than big ones.
- 2 pounds small new potatoes, halved
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 fennel bulb, sliced lengthwise 1/2 inch thick
- 1/2 cup fresh orange juice
- 1 teaspoon finely grated orange zest
- Four 6-ounce skinless halibut fillets
- Salt and freshly ground pepper
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped tarragon
- In a large pot of warm salted water, bring the potatoes to a boil. Cook over moderate heat until tender, 15 minutes; drain.
- Meanwhile, in a large, deep skillet, melt the butter in the oil. Add the fennel and cook over moderately high heat, stirring, until browned, about 8 minutes. Add the orange juice and zest. Set the halibut on the fennel; season with salt and pepper. Cover and simmer until the fish is just cooked through, 8 minutes.
- Transfer the halibut to plates. Toss the potatoes with the fennel, sprinkle with the tarragon and serve with the fish.