Pan Seared Fish (Pacific Halibut or Cod) with Herbed Vegetable Ribbons and Couscous

Total Time:
50 min
20 min
10 min
20 min

4 to 6 servings

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup couscous
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds, toasted
  • 1/2 cup sliced dried apricots
  • 2 teaspoons orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 red onion, sliced thinly
  • 2 zucchini, julienned
  • 2 yellow squash, julienned
  • 2 red peppers, julienned
  • 2 yellow peppers, julienned
  • 1/4 cup chopped mixed herbs, (chives, thyme, parsley, oregano)
  • 1 teaspoon white pepper
  • 4 to 6 (6-ounce) pacific halibut fillets or cod
  • In a 2 quart saucepan, bring the water to a boil. Combine the couscous, with the almonds, apricots, orange juice, orange zest, ginger, cumin, cinnamon and 1 teaspoon of the salt. Pour the water over the couscous, cover the bowl with plastic wrap. Let stand for 10 minutes. Remove the plastic wrap and fluff the couscous with a fork. Add parsley, toss to combine, then taste and adjust seasoning if necessary. Cover and set aside to keep warm while you prepare the fish and vegetables.

  • In a 12-inch skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil and the butter. When the pan is hot add the red onion, saute for 3 minutes until tender; add the rest of the vegetables. Cook over high heat, tossing frequently, until the vegetables are crisp-tender, 5 to 7 minutes. Add the herbs, 1 teaspoon of the salt and 1/2 teaspoon of pepper. Toss to combine then set aside to keep warm while you cook the fish.

  • Season the halibut fillets on both sides with the remaining salt and pepper. In a 12-inch skillet, heat the remaining olive oil over medium-high heat. When the pan is hot, add the halibut fillets and cook until golden brown and fish flakes easily, about 3 minutes on each side.

  • Serve the fillets over the couscous and spread the vegetables around the plate. Serve immediately.

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