Basil-Mint Pesto Halibut Sautéed in Rice Paper

Menu Part: 
Entree
Cuisine Type: 
American
Serves: 
6

This fish really sings alongside a sweet/spicy citrus salad. Halibut is wrapped in rice paper with a basil-mint pesto and sauteed.

Ingredients

6 (4 oz.) halibut fillets, skin removed
Salt and pepper, to taste
6 (8-in.) rice paper rounds
Basil-Mint Pesto (recipe below)
2 tbsp. olive oil
1-2 cups greens: arugula, cress, mustard, mizuna
Citrus Salad (recipe below)
Mint sprigs and basil oil, for garnish

Basil-Mint Pesto:
2 cups packed fresh basil
1⁄2 cup packed fresh mint
2 tbsp. chopped poached or toasted garlic
3 tbsp. toasted pine nuts
1⁄3 cup extra virgin olive oil
1⁄3 cup freshly grated Parmesan or Asiago cheese

Citrus Salad:
2 cups fresh orange sections
2 cups fresh grapefruit sections
2 limes or lemons, peeled, seeded, and sectioned
3 tbsp. fresh orange or grapefruit juice
1 tbsp. sherry vinegar
1 tsp. minced fresh ginger
Pinch cayenne pepper
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 tbsp. minced fresh mint
1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
Drops of honey, to taste

Steps

1. Lightly season halibut with salt and pepper.

2. Dip a rice paper round in tepid water. Trans_fer paper to dry towel, placing halibut on lower third. Top halibut with 1 tbsp. Basil-Mint Pesto; spread evenly. Fold sides of rice paper over fish, then fold top and bottom edges like an envelope to seal completely. Repeat.

3. Heat olive oil in nonstick pan. Sauté paper-wrapped fillets until golden; drain.

4. Combine greens with Citrus Salad and arrange on plates. Top with halibut. Garnish with mint sprigs and basil oil. Serve immediately.

Basil-Mint Pesto:

1. Blanch basil and mint; drain and plunge in an ice bath. Drain; squeeze out water.

2. Puree basil, mint, garlic, pine nuts, and olive oil in processor. Stir in cheese.

Yield: 1 cup.

Citrus Salad:

1. Combine citrus sections in bowl; set aside.

2. In a separate bowl, mix citrus juice, vinegar, ginger, cayenne, salt, pepper, and mint. Whisk in olive oil. Add honey, if necessary. Dress citrus fruit and toss gently to combine.

Yield: 4 cups.

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