Halibut with Lemon, Thyme & OreganoJuly 30, 2012
Using fresh herbs in your cooking can be such a delight. The mellowness of using fresh herbs instead of dried can make all the difference in a dish. We planted more herbs in our zinc planter box this year, as some did not make it through the Winter, while others did remarkably well. We added more thyme and oregano, among others, and the herb box is once again overflowing with herby goodness. Even having a few little pots of herbs in your kitchen that you can pick up at your favorite garden nursery or grocer, can really elevate many of your dishes this Summer. I made a super simple halibut dish the other day using some of our herbs. You can substitute any white fish for this. The herbs infusing the meat of the fish, adding a nice earthiness & freshness.
Place halibut steaks in a baking dish and sprinkle a healthy amount of salt over both sides of the fish. Let sit for a few minutes. Turn oven on to 400 degrees to warm up. Add a few glugs of extra virgin olive oil to the top of the fish, and a bit of fresh squeezed lemon juice. Also thinly cut a lemon, taking out the pits from the slices. Set on top of halibut. Using fresh sprigs of thyme and oregano, place around the fish. Done. It is that easy. Bake for 20 minutes, or a tad more or less, depending on the thickness of your halibut steaks. This is lovely served over jasmine or basmati rice. Enjoy and enjoy those herbs!