Paper-thin slivers of radish and fennel tumble among ribbons of carrot in this colorful celebration of spring. Parsley, cilantro, and lemon add brightness, while nutmeg adds a twist all its own. With its thick texture, halibut can dry out all too easily. Your best bet is to slow-roast, poach, or broil. The broiler is foolproof, as the ambient heat of the oven will slowly cook the fillet.
Steaming food in parchment -- or "en papillote," as it's traditionally called -- is a low-fat way to cook a full meal in one shot: The juices from each ingredient are sealed inside the pouch to flavor the dish. Plus, it makes for a dramatic presentation. Just be careful not to burn yourself when the steam escapes!See illustrations for folding parchment paper.
This recipe is adapted from Sarah Copeland's forthcoming book, "Feast" (Chronicle Books).This recipe is a brilliant way to work both greens and fish into your repertoire. The key player is gremolata, an uncooked green sauce; here, arugula gives it a mouthwatering peppery punch that contrasts with tender roasted potatoes, yellow squash, and mild Pacific halibut. The secret to getting that restaurant-quality sear on the fish is very simple: Cook it without turning it over, first on the stove top and then in the oven -- just to finish it off. Perfection.
This recipe takes the idea of cedar-plank-cooked fish a step further, using cedar branches and maple leaves to impart a great smoky, woodsy flavor. Grape leaves can be used in place of the maple leaves.