Grilled Halibut with Corn-Coconut Curry Sauce and Grilled Cherry Tomato Chutney

Total Time:
1 hr 45 min
25 min
1 hr 20 min

6 servings

  • Corn-Coconut Curry Sauce:
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 small Spanish onion, finely diced
  • 1/2 small Granny Smith apple, cored and diced
  • 3 heaping tablespoons Mesa Curry Powder, recipe follows
  • 3 cups fish stock or vegetable stock
  • 2 cups unsweetened coconut milk
  • 4 ears corn, grilled and kernels removed
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 large skinless halibut fillet, preferably center cut (about 2 pounds)
  • Canola oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Handful fresh cilantro leaves, for serving
  • Handful fresh mint leaves, for serving
  • Grilled Cherry Tomato Chutney, recipe follows
  • Mesa Curry Powder:
  • 3 tablespoons ancho chile powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons ground fennel
  • 2 teaspoons ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon ground chile de arbol
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Grilled Cherry Tomato Chutney:
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes
  • Canola oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons chopped mint
  • Zest of 1 lime
Watch how to make this recipe. Corn-Coconut Curry Sauce:
  • For the sauce: Heat the oil in a medium saute pan over high heat. Add the onions, apples and Mesa Curry Powder and cook until the onions and apples soften, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes. Add the stock, bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes.

  • Add the coconut milk and three-quarters of the corn kernels. Simmer, uncovered, until slightly thickened, another 25 to 30 minutes. Strain the finished sauce into a large bowl, add the remaining corn and taste for seasoning.

  • Preheat a grill for direct and indirect grilling.

  • Brush the halibut on both sides with oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Grill over medium-high heat until slightly charred on the first side, about 4 minutes. Flip and char the other side, another 4 minutes. If the fish is not yet cooked through, rotate the grate (instead of moving the fish) so that the fish is over indirect heat. Cover and cook another few minutes until just cooked through.

  • Transfer the cooked fish to a large serving platter. Lade over some of the corn-coconut curry sauce. Scatter the herbs over the sauce, and then top with some Grilled Cherry Tomato Chutney.

Mesa Curry Powder:
  • Combine all the spices in a small bowl.

Grilled Cherry Tomato Chutney:
  • Prepare a charcoal grill for direct grilling, high heat.

  • Toss the tomatoes with oil and season with salt and pepper. Transfer to a grill basket and grill until charred and slightly soft, tossing occasionally, about 5 minutes

  • Combine the vinegar, sugar, coriander and cumin seeds in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer until thickened to a glaze, about 10 minutes. Let cool slightly, then pour over the tomatoes. Toss, mashing the tomatoes slightly. Add the herbs and the zest, toss again, taste and season.

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