Pumpkin seed crusted halibut with coriander serrano cream

  • Preparation Time25 mins
  • Cooking Time22 mins
  • Serves4
  • DifficultyEasy

For the halibut

4 (170g) portions halibut fillets, skin removed
1 1/2 tsp sea salt
1 1/2 tsp freshly cracked black pepper
70g plain flour
2 eggs, lightly beaten
140g pumpkin seeds
4 tbsp rapeseed oil
Coriander serrano cream, recipe follows

For the coriander serrano cream

30g unsalted butter
40g minced shallot
3g seeded, minced serrano pepper
240ml single cream
20g roughly chopped coriander leaves
15ml fresh lime juice
1/2 tsp sea salt
1) Season all sides of the halibut with the 1 tsp of the salt and 1 tsp of the pepper. In a shallow dish, combine the flour and the remaining salt and pepper. Put the eggs in a second shallow dish. Put the ground pumpkin seeds in a third shallow dish.

2) Roll a halibut fillet in the flour, shaking off the excess. Dip just 1 side of the fillet in the beaten eggs, then into the pumpkin seeds, pressing gently for even coverage. Set on a plate, seed side up, and repeat with remaining halibut. Cover loosely and refrigerate for 15 mins.

3) While the fish is resting, prepare the coriander cream. Melt the butter in a small saucepan over a medium-high heat. Add the shallot and chilli pepper and saute for 1 min. Add the single cream and coriander and bring to a low simmer.

4) Stir frequently until reduced by half, about 6 to 8 mins. Remove from the heat, stir in the lime juice and salt and blend with a stick blender until smooth. Keep warm, or reheat gently before serving.

5) Preheat the oven to 150C/Gas 2. Meanwhile, heat a nonstick frying pan over a medium-high heat and add the oil. When the oil is hot add the fish fillets, pumpkin seed side down, and cook until golden, about 2 mins.

6) Flip over, then gently transfer the fish to a baking tray fitted with a rack. Bake in the oven until the internal temperature of 62C registers on an instant-read thermometer, about 6 to 7 mins. Arrange the fish on serving plates, top with the coriander cream and serve.

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