1 lb French haricots vert or 1 lb young green beans or 1 lb
4 (7 ounce)
halibut fillets, each approximately 1 inch thick
fresh ground white pepper
1/4 cup sauvignon blanc wine or 1/4 cup
other dry white wine
fresh lemon juice
( to taste)
scallions, white part only, finely sliced on the bias
capers, drained and rinsed
ripe Tomato, peeled, seeded, and cut into 1/4-inch dice
- In a pot of boiling salted water set over high heat, cook the haricots verts for 3 to 4 minutes, until tender. Drain and place them in the center of a large, warm serving platter. Cover and keep warm.
- Season the halibut on both sides with salt and pepper. In a 12-inch saute pan, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Cook the fish for about 3 minutes, until lightly browned. Turn, reduce the heat to medium, and cook about 4 minutes longer, until the fish is opaque in the center and browned on both sides. Put the fish on the platter with the beans and cover to keep warm.
- Pour off any oil in the pan and add the wine and lemon juice. Raise the heat to high and deglaze the pan by scraping up any browned bits with a wooden spoon. Cook until the sauce reduces by half, about 2 minutes. Reduce the heat and stir in the butter, a piece at a time, to enrich and flavor the sauce. Add the scallions, capers, and tomato. Season with salt and pepper, and pour over the fish on the platter. Serve immediately.
- My modifications: I double the wine and capers and decrease the amount of butter to 1/4 cup. If I have time, I marinade the fish for an hour in wine, olive oil, garlic, fresh rosemary and thyme.