Grilled Halibut With Lemon-Herb Crust

"I was looking for recipes to cook halibut seeing as I caught 2 from a deep sea fishing trip off of Vancouver Island. The first one I caught was 46 lb and the second one was 27 lb. I found this recipe from a Hellman's pamphlet. I made a couple of changes to suit our taste. We love doing halibut this way. The topping keeps the fish moist. We had our halibut cut into 1 lb. servings so we bbq it in one piece and then cut it into portions. The recipe says it serves 4 but my husband and I split it ourselves."
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  • In a small bowl, combine bread crumbs, parmesan, lemon zest, salt and pepper.
  • Add melted butter and toss with a fork to form a crumbly mixture.
  • In another small bowl, combine mayonnaise, green onion and tomato. (The recipe says to add 1 tablespoons chopped fresh tarragon but I never have it so I omit it).
  • Arrange fish, skin side down, on a platter. Spread each fillet with mayonnaise mixture. Press crumbs mixture onto each fillet.
  • Preheat barbecue on high for 10 minutes. Reduce to medium-high and barbecue fish skin side down until fish flakes easily with a fork and topping is nicely brown - about 10-12 minutes.
  • Drizzle lemon juice over fillets and serve immediately.

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  1. This is one of the fish dishes I make quite often. I always just make it in the oven since I am in an apartment without a grill. It still turns out delicious. I also use panko instead of regular breadcrumbs. I like the extra crunch to it.
  2. I used cod (no skin) bc it looked the freshest at my market and skipped the tarragon as well. It was great on the grill and made for a fast main dish but still was a bit more unusual and tasty than other usual fish filet dishes!
  3. Thank you DeeDee for sharing your recipe! It is wonderful! When your in the mood for fish but don't want the 'fish-house' smell - this is the perfect solution- grill it! Not only do you get the wonderful grilled flavor - it retains the moisture like it was baked in foil because of the delicious topping sealing in the moisture! I followed the recipe except like DeeDee, I didn't use tarragon. I also used a finely chopped yellow onion because I didn't have green onions and I also subbed a hot-house tomato instead of the plum was perfect! - I used fresh ground pepper and it topped off the halibut and saucy flavor with just the right touch. My husband and I loved it - my kids...well they prefer McDonalds chicken nuggets over fish anyday, but they are picky little buggers. We will serve this again to company. It was awesome. Thanks again!



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