Thai-Style Halibut with Coconut-Curry Broth
Rich and creamy yet sweet and tangy all at once? Fresh halibut, doused with coconut and curry flavors, hits all the right notes.
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- 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
- 4 shallots, finely chopped
- 2 1/2 teaspoons red curry paste
- 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
- 1/2 cup light coconut milk
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 4 (6-ounce) halibut fillet, skin removed
- 5 cups baby spinach, washed
- 1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves, coarsely chopped
- 2 scallions, green part only, thinly sliced
- 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- freshly ground black pepper
- 2 cups brown rice, cooked, for serving
- In a large saute pan, heat the oil over moderate heat. Add the shallots and cook, stirring occasionally, until beginning to brown, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the curry paste and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the chicken broth, coconut milk, 1/2 teaspoon salt and simmer until reduced to 2 cups, about 5 minutes.
- Season the halibut with 1/4 teaspoon salt. Arrange the fish in the pan and gently shake the pan so the fish is coated with the sauce. Cover and cook until the fish flakes easily with a fork, about 7 minutes.
- Steam or microwave the baby spinach for 2 minutes.
- Arrange a pile of steamed spinach in the bottom of 4 soup plates. Top with the fish fillets. Stir the cilantro, scallions, and lime juice into the sauce and season, to taste, with salt and pepper. Ladle the sauce over the fish and serve with rice.