Poached Halibut in Thai Coconut Curry Broth

Poached Halibut in Thai Coconut Curry Broth

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Upon returning from my trip to California, I was excited to get back into my kitchen and cook something very local, very Alaska. Not long ago, I was drooling over a Thai Coconut Curry Poached Barramundi with Sauteed Spinach recipe by the lovely Laurie over at Simply Scratch. While we don’t have any barramundi in Alaska (go figure! Hehe.), we have some incredible wild halibut that works beautifully in this dish.

IMG 9863 Poached Halibut in Thai Coconut Curry Broth

While this plate of food looks incredibly fancy and restaurant quality, it is quick and simple enough to whip up for a weeknight meal. On top of that, it’s healthy, too – lean fish, fresh greens, and a complex spicy-sweet broth bolstered by nutritious coconut milk (that… ahem… you might just be tempted to drink straight from the bowl. Fair warning).

Poached Halibut in Thai Coconut Curry Broth

Yield: 4 servings

IMG 9870 Poached Halibut in Thai Coconut Curry Broth

Wild Alaska halibut fillets poached in a spicy sweet Thai coconut red curry broth and served over sautéed spinach. Adapted from Simply Scratch.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 24 ounces fresh spinach
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 shallots, diced
  • 1 tablespoon Thai red curry paste
  • 1 ½ cups chicken broth
  • 1 (14 ounce) can coconut milk (I used lite)
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • 4 wild Alaska halibut fillets
  • ¼ cup cilantro, plus more for serving
  • ¼ cup green onions, sliced on the bias, plus more for serving
  • 1 half of a lime, juiced (cut the other half into wedges for serving)
  • For Serving:
  • 2 cups steamed jasmine rice (optional)
  • lime wedges

Instructions

  1. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a deep skillet over medium heat. Add the spinach to the pan and season it generously with salt and pepper. Toss the spinach in the olive oil until the spinach just begins to wilt down. Remove the spinach to a bowl and set aside. Wipe out the moisture from the pan and return the skillet to the heat.
  2. Add the other tablespoon of olive oil to the pan. Saute the shallots in the oil for 2-3 minutes until tender and fragrant. Add the curry paste, followed by the chicken broth, coconut milk, and sugar. Bring to a simmer, reduce heat to low, and allow the curry to reduce by half. Taste for seasoning and add salt, if needed.
  3. Season the halibut fillets lightly with salt. Place the halibut fillets into the broth, spooning some of the broth over the top. Cover the pan and allow the fillets to poach about 5 minutes (depending on the thickness of your fillets), or until cooked to medium rare to medium, being very careful not to overcook (halibut dries out quickly and we want to avoid that).
  4. Distribute the sautéed spinach evenly between 4 serving bowls. Carefully place a halibut fillet on top of each bed of spinach.
  5. To the curry broth, stir in the cilantro, green onion, and the juice of half a lime. Ladle the broth over each of the halibut fillets. Garnish with fresh cilantro and green onion. Serve with steamed jasmine rice, if using, and lime wedges.

Notes

Sauteed kale or chard would also be nice in lieu of spinach.

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36 comments
janna
janna

can you make this with Thai red curry SAUCE instead of Thai red curry paste?  I can't find the paste anywhere.....

thanks!

aseasononthemountain
aseasononthemountain

We have never tried Red Curry Paste or Coconut Milk, but this looked so good it was time to try.  Delicious!  I used cod because halibut is a rare treat around here - hard to find - and thinly sliced zucchini because I forgot to pick up spinach.  So, so good!  Thank you for the recipe.

elfin
elfin

IMHO it's best to slice the halibut to less than 1 inch otherwise the curry flavor does not penetrate before the fish dries up as mentioned.

jocooks_com
jocooks_com

OH I love soup with fish and coconut milk in it, great flavors! 

jocooks_com
jocooks_com

OH I love soup with fish and coconut milk in it, great flavors!

aksojourner
aksojourner

Love to make curry with halibut and with rockfish/cod.  I am excited to take your recipe for spin.

aksojourner
aksojourner

Love to make curry with halibut and with rockfish/cod.  I am excited to take your recipe for spin.

KaristasKitchen
KaristasKitchen

Love, love this recipe Maya.  And the photo is so lovely! Makes me want to reach right in and sneak a bite :)

KaristasKitchen
KaristasKitchen

Love, love this recipe Maya.  And the photo is so lovely! Makes me want to reach right in and sneak a bite :)

LaurieSimplyScratch
LaurieSimplyScratch

Looks AMAZING Maya! I'm definitely trying this with the halibut next!

LaurieSimplyScratch
LaurieSimplyScratch

Looks AMAZING Maya! I'm definitely trying this with the halibut next!

hungryakgirl
hungryakgirl

alaskafromscratch aww...gee whiz. RIght back atcha :) So that makes me generous, but without halibut....

alaskafromscratch
alaskafromscratch

hungryakgirl  Thanks, good to be back! Nothing ever wrong with being generous. Happens to be one of the things I love about you. :)

hungryakgirl
hungryakgirl

alaskafromscratch  I think pastor alaska is happy to have his wife and cook back in the house! :)

hungryakgirl
hungryakgirl

Looks wonderful! I just sent five huge fillets of halibut to my SIL in Ohio. I'm now wishing I hadn't been so generous! :) Maybe I'll be unselfish and just send her this recipe! Welcome home, btw!

hungryakgirl
hungryakgirl

Looks wonderful! I just sent five huge fillets of halibut to my SIL in Ohio. I'm now wishing I hadn't been so generous! :) Maybe I'll be unselfish and just send her this recipe! Welcome home, btw!

alaskafromscratch
alaskafromscratch

Ashley in Alaska  Mmmm chicken satay! I do hope you try it soon, Ashley!

karilindsay
karilindsay

Is it weird that I want to take a swim in that bowl?  Any hoo...I'm loving the red curry with the delicate fish and spinach is always a good trick to make something healthier!

karilindsay
karilindsay

Is it weird that I want to take a swim in that bowl?  Any hoo...I'm loving the red curry with the delicate fish and spinach is always a good trick to make something healthier!

Ashley in Alaska
Ashley in Alaska

Oh wow! This sounds amazing! I'm making chicken satay tonight but we may have curry twice this week because I want to make this ASAP! Looks lovely.

Ashley in Alaska
Ashley in Alaska

Oh wow! This sounds amazing! I'm making chicken satay tonight but we may have curry twice this week because I want to make this ASAP! Looks lovely.

alaskafromscratch
alaskafromscratch moderator

@hungryakgirl  Thanks, good to be back! Nothing ever wrong with being generous. Happens to be one of the things I love about you. :)

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