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Pan Seared Halibut with Quinoa and Parsley Vinaigrette

A Biggest Loser recipe for a healthy fish dinner from Chef Curtis Stone.

per serving: 340 Calories, 11g Fat, 1.5g Saturated Fat, 35mg Cholesterol, 180mg Sodium, 29g Total Carb, 3g Dietary Fiber, 2g Sugar, 30g Protein
Yield: Serves 4


For the quinoa:

  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 shallot, finely diced
  • 1 clove garlic, finely diced
  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1 cup low (or no) sodium chicken or vegetable stock

For the vinaigrette:

  • ¾ tablespoon shallots, finely diced
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh flat leaf parsley, roughly chopped

For the halibut:

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 4 4-ounce halibut fillets (each about 1½-inch thick)


  1. Heat a medium sauce pan over medium high heat, add the olive oil and sweat the shallot for 2 minutes stirring constantly.
  2. Add the garlic and cook for an additional 2 minutes.
  3. Add the quinoa and stir to coat with the shallot and garlic, then add in the stock and bring to a simmer.
  4. Reduce heat to simmer gently for about 15 to 20 minutes or until the quinoa is tender but not mushy.
  5. Meanwhile to make the vinaigrette, place the shallots and vinegar in a medium mixing bowl.
  6. While whisking, slowly drizzle in the olive oil.
  7. Add the parsley and season the vinaigrette with salt and pepper to taste.
  8. When ready, remove the quinoa from the heat and let sit for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, fluff with fork and reserve.
  9. To cook the halibut: Place a large nonstick sauté pan over medium-high heat and drizzle with the remaining oil.
  10. Place the fillets in the hot pan and cook for 4 minutes, or until the fillets are golden brown on the bottom. Turn the fillets over and cook for 3 minutes, or until the fish is just cooked through but still moist and juicy.

  11. To serve: Divide the quinoa evenly among 4 serving plates, top with halibut and drizzle with parsley vinaigrette.

Source: Curtis Stone

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Be sure you use more than 1 tsp of oil to sear the fish or it will stick to the pan. This is really a rather bland recipe so you may want to spice it up.

posted Jan 23rd, 2011 11:01 pm


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