Italian Halibut Stewed in Tomato Sauce with Raisins and Pine Nuts

Italian Halibut

The New Year is fast approaching and I wanted to create a fresh alternative to typical holiday dishes. That’s how I came up with this tasty recipe. I invited my toughest critics for a tasting and they were so pleased with the flavor, we decided it would be a perfect Rosh Hashana meal. The cinnamon and raisins add sweetness and the fish melted in our mouths. One woman loved it so much she said that instead of cooking it, she was going to order it from our restaurant for the holidays since she’s a busy working mothers. We can’t wait for you to try it! Look for other recipes every day this week–the combination is designed to serve all together as the perfect Rosh Hashana dinner. Have a sweet new year!

2 pounds Halibut, cut in 2″ squares
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, plus more for frying
1 medium size onion, sliced
1 28-ounce can chopped tomatoes, or two pounds ripe plum tomatoes chopped (my preference)
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
½ teaspoon cinnamon
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
Flour for dredging
½ cup dark raisins
½ cup pine nuts

Heat two tablespoons olive oil in large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and sautee until soft and lightly colored. Add tomatoes, basil and cinnamon. Season with salt and pepper. Simmer over low heat for 15 minutes.

Spread some flour (1 cup) on a plate, season with salt and pepper. Dip halibut pieces on both sides to coat evenly and shake off excess flour.

In another large pan, add olive oil to 1/4″ depth, heat over medium-high heat. In batches, add halibut pieces to pan and fry till golden brown on both sides (three minutes total). Remove with slotted spoon, drain on paper towels. Add halibut to simmering tomato sauce. Add raisins and pine nuts. Cover and simmer on medium-low heat until halibut is tender and cooked through (about 10-15 minutes). Add a little water to the sauce if it’s too thick. Taste sauce, then season with salt and pepper. Transfer fish to a large serving platter, then pour sauce over it and serve.

Healthy tip: Eating fish is the best way to get Omega-3 fatty acids … so important for heart health and reducing inflammation.  This wonderful halibut preparation wins for both flavor and healthfulness.


2 comments on “Italian Halibut Stewed in Tomato Sauce with Raisins and Pine Nuts

  1. Erma Bressler on said:

    I am totally in love with this fish recipe. It is not only delicious but different. I did not expect it to have such taam (taste). I plan to share it, prepare it and order it next time I am in the restaurant. Thank you.

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