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Chefs at Home: Wild Halibut with Charred Garlicky Cauliflower, Brussels, Gingered Carrot Purée

  • Chef Mike Betts
  • 3 min read

By Chef Mike Betts, Boston Area  Personal Chef 

Coating the halibut in flour and spices before pan-searing gives it a gorgeous golden-brown crust. 

Serves 2


For the carrot puree:

2 medium carrots, peeled and chopped

1 teaspoon salt 

Water, to just cover carrots 

1 tablespoon minced ginger


For the vegetables:

 1/4 cup cauliflower florets

3 tablespoons olive oil 

2 cloves garlic, chopped  

Kosher salt, to taste

Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

1/2 pound Brussels sprouts, cut into 1/4-inch slices


For the halibut:

2 (6-ounce) wild Nova Scotia Halibut fillets

Pinch Aleppo chilis 

Pinch ground coriander 

Pinch minced chives

Kosher salt, to taste

Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

1/2 cup all-purpose flour, for coating  

4 tablespoons canola oil, for searing 



For the carrot puree:

Simmer carrots and remaining ingredients in small pot.  

When tender, purée in blender using cooking liquid as needed to thin out sauce to your liking.  

Adjust seasoning. Pour back into sauce pot, cover to keep warm.


For the vegetables:

Heat olive oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. When hot, sear cauliflower florets. Do not disturb; after a few minutes, turn the pieces to achieve a crust, then toss and season with salt and pepper and add garlic to pan.  Cook just another 30-45 seconds to toast garlic, being cautious not to burn the garlic.  Transfer to a plate.  Reserve Brussels sprouts to cook in pan with halibut.


For the halibut:

Heat a heavy-bottomed pan such as a cast iron or a black steel pan over medium heat. Don’t add oil yet.

Rub a touch of oil to fish to coat the filet on both sides, then season fish with Aleppo chilis, coriander, chives, salt and pepper. Coat with flour. Do this on both sides of the fish.  

Now add canola to hot pan.  Place each filet into hot oil and allow to gain a nice golden crust before moving the fillet.  

Tilt the pan and spoon some of the hot oil over the top of the fillets. Check the bottom edge for a light golden-brown crust, if you see it, then carefully flip the fish and cook another 1 to 2 minutes. I like to slide the fish, making room to cook the Brussels sprouts with the fish.  Cover.  

Meanwhile, spoon some carrot sauce onto two entrée plates. After a minute, remove the lid and divide the Brussels sprouts onto two plates and top with a portion of halibut. Add some cauliflower around each fish. Enjoy!  

Optional add-on: In a high power blender, add a handful of some soft herbs - this can be any that you choose or even a blend (parsley, cilantro, basil, dill, nettles, lovage, chives) along with a pinch of salt and about a 1/2 cup of neutral oil. (Canola, vegetable, grape seed, safflower all work!) Blend on high and then strain.  I use herb oils a lot when finishing vegetables or decorating entrées like this one. A little extra pop of herbs always brightens your dish! 

Recipe, photos and video by Chef Mike Betts, Boston Area personal chef 

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The largest fish found in the Gulf of Maine (the gulf of water that runs from Cape Cod to Nova Scotia), halibut might also be in the running for the best species name: Hippoglossus hippoglossuscan grow up to 15 feet long, weigh over 100 pounds, and live to be 50 years old. Their slow-growing ways translates into dense, meaty filets with a slightly sweet, saline flavor.

Sold in 1 lb skinless portions, individually vacuum-packed and super-frozen