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Grilled Halibut with Fennel, Tomatoes, and Roasted Garlic Rouille

Serves 4

Total Time
1 hr 15 mins

Time: About 1 1/4 hours. Make both red- and white-wine lovers happy. This meaty halibut dish goes both ways: We love it with a light-bodied, high-acid red, such as Sangiovese, and with two aromatic white Rhône grapes, Roussanne and Marsanne (traditionally blended with Viognier but now going solo more often).

Grilled Halibut with Fennel, Tomatoes, and Roasted Garlic Rouille

Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Karen Shinto
  About 3 tbsp. olive oil
 5 cups thinly sliced sweet onions (about 1 1/2 lbs.)
 3 cups thinly sliced fennel bulb (about 1/2 lb.; save green fronds for garnish if you like)
 2 tablespoons minced garlic
 1/2 cup dry white wine
 1 tablespoon grated orange peel
 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
 1/2 teaspoon saffron threads, crumbled
 2 cups coarsely chopped firm-ripe tomatoes (about 3/4 lb.)
  Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
 4 pieces boned, skinned halibut fillet (1 in. thick, 5 to 6 oz. each), rinsed and dried
  Roasted Garlic Rouille
Step 1

Pour 3 tbsp. oil into a large frying pan over medium heat. When hot, add onions, fennel, and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until very soft, about 15 minutes. Add wine, orange peel, thyme, and saffron; boil over medium-high heat, stirring often, until liquid has evaporated, about 3 minutes. Add tomatoes and salt and pepper to taste; reduce heat to low and cook, occasionally stirring gently, just until heated through, about 2 minutes.

Step 2

Meanwhile, prepare a grill for direct medium-high heat (about 450°; you can hold your hand 5 in. above cooking grate only 4 to 6 seconds); oil grill well. Rub halibut all over with oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Step 3

Lay halibut on cooking grate; close lid if using a gas grill. Cook, gently turning once, just until fish is opaque but still moist-looking in center of thickest part (cut to test), 6 to 10 minutes total.

Step 4

Spoon vegetables onto plates and top with halibut; garnish with fennel greens if you like. Serve rouille alongside.

Step 5

Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving without rouille.

Nutrition Facts

Servings 0

Amount Per Serving
Calories 310Calories from Fat 38
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g20%

Saturated Fat 1.7g9%
Cholesterol 25mg9%
Sodium 100mg5%
Total Carbohydrate 26g9%

Dietary Fiber 5.8g24%
Protein 21g42%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.