Boy, are we ever onto something here! Imagine if you will, an onion and garlic flavored chunky tomato sauce zinging with Italian seasoning, hints of thyme and red pepper flakes and fortified with tomato paste. A splash of white wine, a handful of capers, a slow simmer and that pot's a rockin'.
Add chunks of meaty firm halibut and 12 minutes later you've a bowl of bliss right in front of you. To brag even more, along with a crisp green salad, the whole meal's ready in less than 30 minutes. A perfect low carb delight.
In case you're wondering what's happening around here, it is another beautiful cloudless, blue sky day on the Oregon coast. Like a lot of other people in the U.S.A., I'm planning to get some serious work done in the kitchen today in preparation for Thanksgiving tomorrow. Of course I'll be doing that as soon as the plumbers are out of here. Yup - old man Murphy's at it again and that's all I'm gonna' say about that.
Halibut Poached in Chunky Tomato Caper Sauce (from JBug’s Kitchen Antics inspired by New York Times and Martha Rose Shulman)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
4 large garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons capers, rinsed and drained
1 – 14 ounce can diced tomatoes with juice
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1/4 cup white wine
Coarse ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon thyme
1 teaspoon dried Italian herbs
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes, more or less to taste
1 pound halibut pieces or other firm fish (cod would be great too)
2 tablespoons freshly chopped basil for garnish
Heat oil in a large sauté pan over medium high heat. Add onion and cook until transparent. Add garlic cloves and sauté until 30 seconds. Add capers, tomatoes, tomato paste, white wine, black pepper, thyme, Italian herbs and red pepper flakes. Bring to a high simmer and cook uncovered for 5 minutes. Taste for seasoning and add salt as needed. Season fish with salt and pepper and nestle into sauce. Cover pot and simmer fish for 12 minutes or until just cooked.
Serve in bowls and sprinkle with fresh basil. Makes 2 to 3 servings.
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