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Vegetable Stew with Halibut

Timing is crucial, so be sure to prep all the ingredients for this mosaic of diced zucchini, potatoes and tiny red tomatoes surrounding white fish ahead of time. Substitute monkfish for the halibut when it is available.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbs. unsalted butter
  • 2 Tbs. olive oil
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • 2 medium red potatoes (about 8 oz. total), cut
      into 1/2-inch dice
  • 1 1/4 cups vegetable or chicken broth
  • 1/2 tsp. fresh thyme leaves or 1/4 tsp. dried
      thyme leaves
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • 4 skinless pieces halibut or monkfish (each
      about 6 oz.)
  • 1 cup tiny red cherry tomatoes, such as Sweet
      100s, stemmed
  • 1 medium zucchini (about 4 oz.), cut into 1/2-
      inch dice
  • 1 cup fresh corn kernels (about 1 cob)
  • 1 lemon, juiced

Directions:

In a wide sauté pan or fry pan over medium heat, melt 1 Tbs. of the butter with 1 Tbs. of the olive oil. Add the green onions and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add the potatoes and cook, stirring to coat with the butter and oil, for 1 minute. Pour in 1 cup of the broth, then add the thyme and a pinch of salt. Let come to a boil, then reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, rinse the fish and pat dry with paper towels.

Stir the cherry tomatoes, zucchini and corn into the pan with the potatoes, then cover again and continue to cook while you prepare the fish: In a wide nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, melt the remaining 1 Tbs. butter with the remaining 1 Tbs. oil. When the foam subsides, add the fish and cook until it is lightly golden on the bottom and releases easily from the pan with tongs, about 3 minutes. Turn the fish over and cook until it releases on the other side, about 2 minutes (slightly longer if using monkfish). Immediately transfer the fish to the pan with the vegetables, then pour the remaining 1/4 cup broth into the skillet, stirring to release the browned bits.

Pour the contents of the deglazed skillet into the pan with the vegetables and fish, then cover and continue cooking until the fish is barely translucent in the center and the potatoes are done, about 4 minutes for halibut, 6 minutes for monkfish. Stir the lemon juice into the pan, then divide the fish among shallow bowls and spoon the vegetables and sauce around the fish. Serves 4.

Adapted from Braises & Stews, by Tori Ritchie (Chronicle Books, 2007).