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Bacon-Wrapped Halibut With Tomatillo Salsa

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Do you remember that delicious FIRE ROASTED TOMATILLO SALSA recipe I shared a while back?

Well, I put some of that salsa to good use here.

Raw and cooked halibut with text overlay.

I was vacationing up on Vancouver Island in beautiful British Columbia and we made a point to eat fresh fish every day. We had visited several farm stands and farmer’s markets on the island (one of my favorite pastimes) where I had found some beautiful local bacon from the Comox Valley. And, I had happened to bring a few jars of my salsa with me. When it came time to prepare dinner I was peering into the refrigerator when the lovely feeling of inspiration hit me. HALIBUT, BACON, SALSA: I had the cook’s epiphany!

Not all of my spur-of-the-moment ideas work out perfectly, but this one deserves sharing. I served this lovely dish with sides of fresh local salad, corn on the cob, and herbed baby potatoes.

To Prepare:

Preheat your oven to 425°F.
Portion your halibut into individual servings. Lightly salt and pepper all sides (remember your bacon will add salt as well).

Pieces of fresh halibut and raw bacon.

Add a dollop of salsa to the top of each piece of fish. Then starting with the center of a strip of bacon lay it on top of the salsa and tuck the ends under the fish to secure it in place. Put your fish in an oven-safe dish with the salsa and bacon side up.

Four pieces of halibut wrapped with pastured bacon and topped with tomatillo salsa.

Bake the fish for 15 to 20 minutes depending on thickness. My portions were about 3 inches thick so they required the entire 20 minutes. This seems like a high temperature and a long time in the oven for halibut, but the bacon actually protects the fish from overcooking. I found that my bacon was still not as crisp as I like after 20 minutes. If this happens to you just turn the broiler on high and broil the top of the bacon while watching closely for your desired doneness. Remove the dish from the oven and serve.

Four cooked pieces of bacon-wrapped halibut.

The perfect combination of moist tender halibut, crispy pastured bacon and smokey tomatillo salsa!

Bacon-Wrapped Halibut With Tomatillo Salsa

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

The perfect flavor combination of fresh tender halibut, crispy pastured bacon, and smoky tomatillo salsa.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 425°F.
  2. Portion your halibut into four individual 6-ounce servings. Lightly salt and pepper all sides (remember your bacon will add salt as well).
  3. Add a dollop of salsa to the top of each piece of fish. Then starting with the center of a strip of bacon lay it on top of the salsa and tuck the ends under the fish to secure it in place. Put your fish in an oven-safe dish with the salsa and bacon side up.
  4. Bake the fish for 15 to 20 minutes depending on thickness. My portions were about 3 inches thick so they required the entire 20 minutes. This seems like a high temperature and a long time in the oven for halibut but the bacon actually protects the fish from overcooking. I found that my bacon was still not as crisp as I like after 20 minutes. If this happens to you just turn the broiler on high and broil the top of the bacon while watching closely for your desired doneness. Remove the dish from the oven and serve.

Notes

This recipe can easily be multiplied for a crowd!

 

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