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Grilled Halibut with Chimichurri and I am Lazy

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My new goal is to post at least once a week. So sad. I was trying to figure out this morning why it is I’ve gotten lazy. Okay, one, because I’m kind of lazy. But also, (this would be point two) after having this blog for three (!!) years, most of the stuff I make around the house is not new. They are recipes that I’ve made and posted about before. There. I feel better now.

This is a great Summer meal. You could eat it all room temperature if it’s really hot or just have the sauce a little chilled. I used a little of my sauce as a quick marinade. I liked the way that worked as I also got grilled parsley and cilantro. Yes, cilantro. I added some of that to my chimichurri. If you don’t want to do that, just use all parsley!

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Grilled Halibut with Chimichurri
Adapted from a Gourmet Magazine recipe
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1 tbsp water
1 tbsp minced garlic
1 tbsp minced shallot
1/2 tsp hot red-pepper flakes
1/2 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
2 (6- to 8-oz) halibut fillets

Whisk together the 1/3 cup olive oil, lemon juice, water, garlic, shallot, red-pepper flakes, and 1/2 tsp each of salt and pepper until salt has dissolved. Stir in parsley and cilantro. Let chimichurri stand 20 minutes.

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Alternately, you can also do this in a food processor. That’s what I did as I wanted a finer consistency to my herbs and I was not really wanting to chop them finely.

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Meanwhile, prepare grill for direct-heat cooking over medium-hot charcoal (medium heat for gas). Or, set your trusty grill pan over medium high heat.

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Now, I took about 1/4 of my chimichurri sauce and spread it over the halibut before cooking. I let it sit for about 10 minutes. If you don’t do this, brush a little extra olive oil on the fish and give it some salt and pepper before cooking.

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Oil grill rack, then grill fish, covered only if using a gas grill, turning once, until just cooked through, 8 to 10 minutes total. In my grill pan, I found about 5 minutes per side on medium to medium-high was good.

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Serve fish drizzled with some of chimichurri; serve remainder on the side. Also on the side here is some whole wheat couscous and chopped cherry tomatoes.

8 comments to Grilled Halibut with Chimichurri and I am Lazy

  • D

    Thanks for posting this recipe. I am grilling talapia fillets tonight and this will be perfect for the fish.

    When I am super lazy, I serve my grilled fish with Trader Joe’s Olive Relish (comes in an octagon-shaped jar). It is so delicious served over grilled fish and chicken breast.

    I served my fish with a Spinah and Orzo Salad recipe from: http://www.elise.com/recipes/archives/007216spinach_and_orzo_salad.php
    This salad is really, really good!

    I substituted the feta in the orzo salad with cotija which worked out nicely for those who hates goat and sheep’s milk cheeses.

    Thanks again!

  • I just started reading your blog about 5 months ago, and I love your recipes! So, if you want to try to keep up that one-a-week post, I am totally happy with a shot of what you made and a link back to the old recipe!

    Your husband is one lucky dude. (I’m a cooking husband.)

  • mlb

    D: Hope you liked the recipe with tilapia! Mmm…that salad looks super good (all of her recipes always look fabulous!)

    Scott D: Thanks Scott!

    Zak: If you don’t care for papyrus font (overused! trendy! so much cooler before selling out, back when it was just playing the small clubs!), you can certainly omit it (or substitute it) from the halibut recipe ;-)

  • Just want to let you know that I love your blog. I am a french “apprenti” cooker, and I love your recipe. One question on the chimichurri: I discovered this sauce in colombia, however, the recipe I know is with cilantro. When I am reading your post, it seems like you added the cilantro from the original recipe. Okay now I am confused!!! :)

  • mlb

    Hi Laure:

    First off, thanks! The recipe that I was using (from Gourmet Magazine), called for all parsley. I added cilantro to my version. So, yes, I did add cilantro from the original recipe that I was following ;-)

  • That halibut looks beautifully moist.

  • I have never tried chimichurri with fish. I make a sandwich with the sauce, Chimichurri Flank Steak Avacado Sandwich. I think it is one of the best things I have ever eaten, sandwich or not? I have not cooked fish very much, mostly fried, but I will definitely give this recipe a try. Thanks for the post.

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