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Baked Halibut Melt

Number of Servings: 4Alaska  Halibut
Cook Inlet

Ingredients:

2 pounds halibut cut in serving size
2 tablespoons lemon juice
4 tablespoons butter
4 tablespoons flour
2 cups hot milk
3/4 cup grated Cheddar cheese
3 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
2 boiled eggs, diced
Salt and pepper
Fresh parsley

Directions:

Broil halibut 15 minutes. Place in buttered baking dish and sprinkle lemon juice over fish.
Melt butter in small pan then add flour and cook 1 minute.  Add milk, bring to boil and season.  Cook until thick.
Fold in cheese and pour over fish.
Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees F for 20 minutes.
Garnish with eggs, parsley and serve on warm plates.

Notes & Variations:

Halibut are highly prized table fare in the Pacific Northwest.  This saltwater fish has a delicate flavor with flaky white meat.  While Alaskan halibut approaching 300 pounds are caught annually, the best eating size is 15 to 30 pound fish.

This recipe works well with many other saltwater fish such as Red Snapper. Ling cod, Redfish, Sea Bass, etc.  Variations in cheeses also offer a nice change of pace.

Contributor:  Bob Kolowith, RRGC


Anecdotes:

The big halibut shown here weighed 130 pounds and took 48 minutes to boat.  This was my first halibut; beginners luck!  We were fishing in Cook Inlet out of Ninilcik on the Kenai Peninsula.