Halibut with bacon, pearl onions, pea tendrils and fresh English pea broth
Fresh English peas (Pisum sativum) are one of the delights of spring, a seasonal vegetable that really transcends its canned and frozen forms. The green legumes have a bright, sweet flavor that just pops in your mouth. Only about 5 percent of the U.S. pea crop is sold fresh.
IngredientsSweet pea broth: 1 cup fish stock 1 ounce fresh English peas 1 teaspoon butter Strip of lime zest 1/3 teaspoon salt Caramelized onions: 2 to 3 ounces pearl onions, cleaned and peeled 1 teaspoon butter 2 teaspoons sugar Halibut: 4 6- to 8-ounce halibut fillets 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 1/2 teaspoon white pepper 2 tablespoons canola-olive oil blend Garnish: 1 to 2 slices bacon, diced 6 ounces fresh English peas 1-1/2 ounces fresh pea tendrils (optional) 1 tablespoon lemon thyme oil (recipe follows) 4 sprigs fresh thyme
Make the sweet pea broth:
- Simmer the stock in a saucepan until reduced to about 3/4 cup.
- Add the peas and continue simmering until they are just cooked.
- Once the peas are cooked, take off the heat and add the lime zest.
- Puree the pea liquid in the blender and slowly add the butter.
- Blend until it is smooth and silky.
Caramelize the onions:
- In a sauce pan, heat the butter and the onions over medium heat, coating the onions in the butter.
- Allow the butter to get to a golden brown and then add the sugar, stirring until it melts and caramelizes the onions.
- Set aside.
Cook the halibut:
- Prepare a medium-hot fire in a barbecue grill, or heat a ridged grill pan on the stove.
- Season the halibut with kosher salt and white pepper and lightly brush with oil.
- Grill the fish flesh side down to make the criss-cross marks on the fish.
- Turn the halibut over and continue to grill until done, 7 to 10 minutes.
- While the fish is cooking, cook the bacon in a saute pan.
- Discard the fat and add the fresh peas and caramelized pearl onions.
- Once warmed, add the pea tendrils until slightly wilted;
- remove from the pan and divide among 4 bowls and place a piece of fish on top of each.
- Add 3 tablespoons of sweet pea broth around each plate and drizzle the lemon thyme oil over the fish as well as a few drops in the broth.
- Garnish with fresh thyme.