Halibut on Mashed Fava Beans with Mint

Here is a delicious and light recipe for an unusually hot May evening.  Tim and I picked up the fresh spring produce and halibut from Chelsea Market this morning.  I just love shopping there!

The halibut has a great flavor from the lemon zest, red pepper flakes, and mint.

This was my first experience cooking fresh fava beans.  They take a while to shell but I just love fava beans so it was worth the work.  You need to take the beans out of the pods and then blanch the beans.  After you blanch the beans, it will be easy to remove them from their shell.

In addition to the mashed fava beans, I roasted some beautiful local asparagus for a great spring side.

This recipe showed me once again that I really need to buy a proper fish spatula!  One of the pieces did not escape the pan in good condition.  Luckily, it still tasted great!

Halibut on Mashed Fava Beans with Mint
Bon Appetit

  • 3 pounds fresh fava beans in pod, shelled, or 2 1/2 cups frozen doublepeeled fava beans, thawed
  • 2 teaspoons plus 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint
  • 2 teaspoons finely grated lemon peel, divided
  • 3/4 teaspoon coarse kosher salt
  • 2 pinches of dried crushed red pepper, divided
  • 6 5-ounce 3/4-inch-thick halibut fillets
  • 9 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • All purpose flour (for dredging)

Cook fava beans in large saucepan of boiling salted water 2 minutes; drain. Transfer to large bowl of ice water. Cool beans; peel if using fresh beans. DO AHEAD: Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and chill.

Mix 2 teaspoons mint, 1 teaspoon lemon peel, 3/4 teaspoon coarse salt, and 1 pinch of red pepper in small bowl. Arrange fish on large rimmed baking sheet. Rub mint mixture all over fish. DO AHEAD: Can be made 4 hours ahead. Cover and chill.

Heat 2 tablespoons oil in heavy large skillet over medium heat. Add fava beans. Sprinkle with coarse salt, black pepper, and pinch of red pepper. Cook until heated through and tender, stirring occasionally and adding water by 1/4 cupfuls if dry, about 5 minutes. Using potato masher, mash beans to coarse puree, adding water by 1/4 cupfuls if dry. Season with salt and pepper. DO AHEAD: Can be made 4 hours ahead. Let stand at room temperature.

Dredge fish in flour, shaking off excess. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in each of 2 heavy large skillets over medium-high heat. Cook fish until lightly browned and just opaque in center, about 4 minutes per side.

Meanwhile, rewarm fava bean puree. Stir in remaining 1/4 cup mint, 1 teaspoon lemon peel, and 3 tablespoons olive oil.

Divide fava bean puree among plates. Top with fish and serve.

Serves 6.

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