Pan-Seared Halibut With Black Bean Sauce

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 10 mins

Found in America's Test Kitchen the Best Simple Recipes. It sounds delicious and so far several recipes I have made are quite good. Simple and easy.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 2 tablespoons black bean garlic sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 14 cup cornstarch
  • 12 cup water
  • 4 skinless halibut fillets, 1-inch thick (6 oz. each)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • fresh ginger, peeled and cut into thin strips (2-inch piece)
  • 4 scallions, white parts minced, green parts sliced thin
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro


  1. Whisk together black bean and garlic sauce, vinegar, 1 teaspoon cornstarch, and water in a bowl. Pat fish dry with paper towels. Place remaining cornstarch in shallow dish. Coat fish with cornstarch, shaking to remove excess.
  2. Heat oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until just smoking. Add fish and cook until browned and cooked through, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a platter.
  3. Add ginger and scallion whites to empty skillet and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add black bean mixture and simmer until slightly thickened, about 1 minute. Pour sauce over fish and sprinkle with scallion greens and cilantro. Serve.
Most Helpful

First mistake I made was using very mild and quite thin white fish fillets I had on hand and the sauce was a bit overpowering for them! Secondly, I baked the fish to cut down on calories. I think the fish needs the extra flavor that comes from frying to accommodate the intense flavors in the sauce. I WILL try it again and follow the recipe exactly!! Thanks for posting.

keeney March 29, 2010