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Braised Halibut Served in Casserole with Peas a la Francaise

This mouthwatering halibut recipe is courtesy of chef Eric Ripert, and goes wonderfully with his Arugula and Artichoke Salad.

  • Servings: 4
  • Yield: Serves 4
Braised Halibut Served in Casserole with Peas a la Francaise

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, March Spring 2008

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces bacon lardoons, cut into 3/4-by-1/4-inch pieces
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more for baking dishes
  • 12 pearl onions, peeled
  • 4 halibut fillets (6 ounces each)
  • Fine sea salt
  • Freshly ground white pepper
  • 3 pounds fresh English peas, about 2 cups shelled
  • 1 cup shredded iceberg lettuce
  • 2 cups homemade or store-bought low-sodium chicken stock or Fish Fumet
  • 4 small sprigs fresh mint, chopped

Directions

  1. Divide bacon evenly between four 3-quart Dutch ovens. Place each over medium heat and cook until bacon is crisp and fat is rendered. Divide onions evenly between Dutch-ovens and add 1 tablespoon water to each; cook until tender, about 5 minutes.

  2. Season halibut fillets with salt and pepper and place one in each of the 4 Dutch-ovens. Add onions, peas, and lettuce around fillets; top each with 1 tablespoon butter and season with salt and pepper. Divide chicken stock evenly between dishes, cover, and place over high heat until liquid comes to a boil. Immediately reduce heat to medium and continue cooking until a metal skewer inserted inside the fish for 5 seconds feels warm when touched, about 5 minutes.

  3. Serve immediately sprinkled with chopped mint.

Reviews (14)

  • Joseph_Erdos 16 Mar, 2011

    Hi maryamundson,
    If you watch the video above, you will see that the recipe does indeed call for four 3-quart Dutch ovens. Thanks.

  • Joseph_Erdos 16 Mar, 2011

    Hi maryamundson,
    I just verified that the recipe does indeed call for four 3-quart Dutch ovens. Thanks.

  • hamster330 7 Apr, 2008

    I have made this twice already because it was sooo good! I didn't use the individual pan but I made it both times for 2 person on the same pot. It came out just as good. I think as long as the pot is big enough to lay the fish flat and still have room for the vegetables, it's Okay. It works for me.

  • maryamundson 4 Apr, 2008

    I believe the recipe should be four 3 cup dutch ovens (individual) after watching the show, but did not see the them cook the bacon until crisp, just layering other ingredients..............I will definitely try this with new spring peas.

  • Casa-de-Mallory 31 Mar, 2008

    This recipe has my attention, my family loves halibut, but four dutch ovens? Can this recipe be prepared in one large pot without sacrificing it's end results? I can't wait to wait to make this for my family.

  • Casa-de-Mallory 31 Mar, 2008

    This recipe has my attention, my family loves halibut, but four dutch ovens? Can this recipe be prepared in one large pot without sacrificing it's end results? I can't wait to wait to make this for my family.

  • JTomanek 31 Mar, 2008

    Excuse my ignorance, but what are bacon lardoons? I asked at our meat store counter and no one had ever heard of it. Is it the same as just regular or peppered bacon? Thanks.
    Janis

  • annebili 30 Mar, 2008

    I too, would like to request if it could be possible to have the recipes print in different formats? Possibly to have a choice to print with or without photo. Thank you, and many thanks for great recipes and a wonderful produced program! Meme (Sarasota, Fl.)

  • annebili 30 Mar, 2008

    I too, would like to request if it could be possible to have the recipes print in different formats? Possibly to have a choice to print with or without photo. Thank you, and many thanks for great recipes and a wonderful produced program! Meme (Sarasota, Fl.)

  • annebili 30 Mar, 2008

    I too, would like to request if it could be possible to have the recipes print in different formats? Possibly to have a choice to print with or without photo. Thank you, and many thanks for great recipes and a wonderful produced program! Meme (Sarasota, Fl.)

  • diana2515 29 Mar, 2008

    Do you think it could be possible to have the recipes print in different formats? Possibly in a 4x6 or 3x5 size? I bought the Martha Stewart recipe box and would love to print the recipes that way and not have to re write them!

  • maherbie 28 Mar, 2008

    yes it was boston lettuce, funny how they change things

  • Filos 28 Mar, 2008

    I have noticed a few times, that on the show they will use a different product than what is called for in the recipe on the website. Why is that I wonder??

  • JoanL 28 Mar, 2008

    wasn't boston lettuce used on the show?

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