Halibut with capers, olives, & tomatoes

This dish falls into the 30 minutes or less category, in that the whole cooking process takes about 15 minutes.  While the halibut is cooking, gather up the rest of the ingredients.  I have served this dish over a bed of grains as well as by itself with side dishes…


  1.  2 4-6 oz halibut fillets
  2. all-purpose flour for dusting
  3. 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  4. 1 large shallot, chopped
  5. 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  6. 1 teaspoon Dijon style mustard
  7. 1 large tomato, seeded & chopped
  8. ¼ cup chopped Kalamata olives
  9. ¼ cup chopped fresh basil, divided
  10. 2 tsp drained capers
  11. ¼ cup white wine or Vermouth


  1. Sprinkle fish  with salt & pepper & dredge in flour.
  2. Heat 1  tablespoon oil in heavy large skillet over medium-high heat.
  3. Add fish and  sauté until lightly browned and just opaque in center, about 4 minutes per      side.
  4. Transfer fish to platter and cover with foil.
  5. Heat  remaining oil in skillet.  Add chopped shallots and crushed red pepper; sauté 1 minute.
  6. Mix in tomatoes, mustard, olives, half of the basil (2 tablespoons) and capers.  Dust with another tablespoon of flour (to thicken sauce)
  7. Add wine and boil until the sauce thickens slightly, about 3-4 minutes.  Mix in rest of the basil.
  8. Halibut with olives, capers & tomatoesWhile sauce  is thickening, stir often, and place a bed of risotto, herbed quinoa, or couscous on plates.  Top with halibut fillets and spoon the sauce on the fish, as in the following example – serve with a side salad and you have a meal.

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