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Halibut with sweet spices and a spicy mint cream sauce


Garam masala is an Indian spice blend with a hit of  pungent, sweet, and smoky flavors. Easy to find in most grocery stores, online, or make Garam masala yourself.

Serves 4

Ingredients and Prep

  1. 1/2 Serrano pepper, seeded & stemmed (or Jalapeño pepper). This amount of chile pepper makes a medium/hot dish, so add more if you want it hotter.  Read about the heat score of a few common fresh chile peppers!

  2. 1/2 cup  fresh cilantro leaves

  3. 1/2 cup  chopped green onions

  4. 1/4 cup  Greek-style yogurt (such as Fage)

  5. 4  tsp  cream cheese

  6. 2  tsp  fresh lime juice

  7. 1/2  tsp minced peeled fresh ginger

  8. 1/2  tsp  salt

  9. 1/8  tsp  sugar

  10. 1/8  tsp  cumin seeds

  11. 1 or 2  garlic cloves, crushed

  12. 2 TBS  chopped fresh mint

  13. 1/2  tsp  garam masala

  14. 1/4 tsp  salt

  15. 4  (6-ounce) skinless halibut fillets (Or any white fish will work like grouper, cod, tilapia, haddock, sea bass, mahi mahi … whatever’s on sale and looks good)

  16. 1  TBS  canola oil

  17. 1 TBS  butter


1. Place pepper in a mini food processor; pulse a few times to chop. Add next 10 ingredients: the cilantro, green onions, yogurt, cream cheese, lime juice, ginger, salt, sugar, cumin seeds, garlic. Process until smooth. By hand, stir in mint.

2. Heat a large NONSTICK skillet over medium-high heat. Combine garam masala and 1/4 teaspoon salt; sprinkle evenly over fish. Add oil and butter to pan; swirl until butter melts. Add fish to pan; cook 3 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Serve fish with dollop of mint sauce.

Serving suggestions: Recipe for Basmati Rice, with golden raisins or ¼ cup thawed frozen green peas and 2 TBS chopped green onions. Also serve with spinach or spring salad with fresh strawberries, feta or goat cheese, red onion, & candied pecan or slivered almonds. Wonderful every day meal and for dinner guests.


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