Coconut-Kaffir Leaf Poached Halibut with Sauteed Chinese Cabbage

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr
  • Prep: 10 min
  • Inactive: 30 min
  • Cook: 20 min
  • Yield: 2 servings
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2 cups coconut milk

1 short stalk lemon grass, finely chopped

8 kaffir lime leaves, crushed

2 tablespoons lemon juice

1 pound block halibut

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 head Chinese cabbage, cut in 1/2 and chopped on a bias

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 tablespoon seasoned rice wine vinegar

1 tablespoon mirin

1 tablespoon black sesame seeds


  1. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F
  2. In a small pot, over medium heat, heat the coconut milk along with the lemon grass and kaffir leaves and bring to just a boil. Remove from heat and let steep for 30 minutes, strain. Reheat liquid over medium-high heat, add the lemon juice and place the halibut in the middle of the liquid to poach. Cover with a parchment lid and poach in the oven until just beginning to flake. Remove from the oven and set aside.
  3. In a large saute pan, over high heat, add the oil. When oil is hot, add the cabbage and saute until hot throughout. Add the vinegar, mirin and reduce. The cabbage will collapse and the liquid will evaporate. At this point add the sesame seeds and season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  4. In a hot bowl add the cabbage first, top with the halibut and then the sauce.