Garlic Halibut

Recipe by SharleneW
READY IN: 20mins




  • Rinse the fish fillets under cold running water and blot dry with paper towels. Arrange the fillets in a nonreactive baking dish just large enough to hold them.
  • Prepare the marinade: Pound the garlic, ginger, cilantro leaves and root, if using, and sugar to a paste in a mortar with a pestle. (I would suggest starting with pounding the garlic). You could also purée in a mini chopper or food processor. Work in the fish sauce, sake, sesame oil, salt, and pepper. Spoon marinade on both sides of the fillets. Cover the fish with plastic wrap and let marinate in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to 1 hour, turning the fillets once or twice.
  • Set up the grill for direct grilling and preheat to high. When ready to cook, oil a fish basket, if using, or brush and oil the grill grate. Place the fillets in the basket on the hot grate. Grill until each side of the fillets is browned and cooked through, 4 to 6 minutes per side. If grilling directly on the grate, brush the tops of the fillets with oil before gently turning them with a spatula. To test for doneness, press a fillet with your finger. It should break into clean flakes when fully cooked. Another test is to insert a metal skewer in the side of a fillet. when it is done the skewer will come out very hot to the touch after 20 seconds.
  • Note: To grill a fish fillet on a fish grate, place the grate on top of the regular grate and preheat to high. Oil the fish grate with a folded paper towel dipped in oil or lift it with tongs and spray with oil. As an added precaution against sticking, brush or spray the fillets themselves with oil.