Poached Halibut in Lemon-Thyme Broth

If you can't get fillets already skinned, remove the skins after cooking. Sea bass and striped bass are also delicious poached.

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  • Servings: 4
Poached Halibut in Lemon-Thyme Broth

Source: Martha Stewart Living, December 2004


  • 3 lemons
  • 3 1/2 cups homemade or low-sodium store-bought chicken stock
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 8 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 10 whole black peppercorns
  • 4 halibut fillets (6 ounces each), without skin
  • Coarse salt
  • Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling


  1. Using a vegetable peeler, remove zest in strips from 2 lemons. Juice zested lemons. Transfer zest and juice to a 12-inch straight-sided skillet with a tight-fitting lid. Add stock, garlic, 4 sprigs thyme, and the peppercorns to the pan. Bring to a boil.

  2. Season each fillet on both sides with salt; carefully add to skillet. Cover skillet, and turn off the heat. Let stand until fish is opaque and firm to the touch, 9 to 12 minutes. Using a slotted spatula, transfer fish to a platter; tent loosely with foil to keep warm.

  3. Pour poaching liquid through a cheesecloth-lined sieve into a bowl; discard solids. Return to skillet. Bring to a boil; turn off heat.

  4. Divide broth among wide bowls; gently place a fish fillet in each. Cut remaining lemon into wedges. Garnish each serving with a wedge of lemon and a sprig of thyme, and lightly drizzle with oil.


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