Baked Halibut with Olive Tapenade Pilaf and Citrus Butter

Serves 4
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Olive, shallots and garlic rice pilaf, served with baked halibut over a zesty lemon-orange butter sauce.

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Ingredients

Citrus Butter:
4 Tbsps unsalted butter, softened
1/4 tsp lemon zest, chopped
1/4 tsp orange zest
1/2 each minced garlic
1/2 small shallot, minced
1 tsp Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay
1 tsp parsley, chopped
salt and ground black pepper, to taste
Olive Tapenade Pilaf:
2 Tbsps olive oil
1 shallot, minced
2 each minced garlic
1 small red bell pepper, chopped
1/4 cup Kalamata olives, pitted and chopped
1 sprig of thyme, minced
1 cup Mahatma® Basmati Rice or Mahatma® Jasmine Rice
2 cups chicken broth
salt and ground black pepper, to taste
For the Fish:
4 (about 5 oz. each) halibut fillets
2 Tbsps olive oil
salt and ground black pepper, to taste

Cooking Directions

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.

For the citrus butter, combine all of the ingredients in a bowl and mix with a rubber spatula until well combined.  Set aside.

For the olive tapenade rice pilaf, heat a medium sized sauce pan over medium high heat.  Add the olive oil, shallot and garlic.  Cook for 1 minute.  Add the red bell pepper, the olives, thyme and the rice.  Stir for 1 minute.  Add the chicken stock and bring to a boil.  Cover, and reduce heat to low.  Cook for 18 minutes.  Season with salt and pepper if necessary.  Set aside and keep warm.

Brush the halibut with the olive oil and sprinkle with the salt and pepper.  Place onto a nonstick baking sheet and bake until the flesh begins to flake.  This should be around 5-10 minutes depending upon the thickness of the fish.  Remove from the oven.

To serve, place a mound of the olive tapenade rice onto a warmed plate.  Top with the halibut fillet and a little bit of the citrus butter.  Serve immediately.