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What does halibut taste like?

fldhkybnva Mar 17, 2013 10:37 AM

I am quite the fish fanatic but have never had halibut. I eat fish so frequently that my interest in my old favorites is nearly saturated. I eat quite a variety including tuna, salmon, cod, and swordfish so I have been eye-ing the supply at my local fishmonger to branch out and try some new species. Halibut caught my eye today, but I've never had it. What does it taste like? Is it similar to other whitefish like cod?

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  1. pikawicca RE: fldhkybnva Mar 17, 2013 10:40 AM

    The flavor is closer to cod than to the others, certainly. It has a more interesting texture, IMO, being quite a bit firmer. A very versatile fish, one of my favorites.

    1. CocoaChanel RE: fldhkybnva Mar 17, 2013 10:40 AM

      It is a nice meaty whitefish, mild flavour and texture

      I don;t like cod, so to me it does not taste like cod :)

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        fldhkybnva RE: CocoaChanel Apr 18, 2013 05:46 PM

        Is there something in particular that you don't like about cod? Just out of curiosity.

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        Harters RE: fldhkybnva Mar 17, 2013 10:47 AM

        Cod is probably the nearest comparision.

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          Philly Ray RE: fldhkybnva Mar 17, 2013 10:51 AM

          I don't want to freak you out, but you want to try to limit your swordfish and fresh tuna consumption because they are high in mercury. I love swordfish, but I only eat it a few times a year.

          Check this out...


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            fldhkybnva RE: Philly Ray Mar 17, 2013 02:59 PM

            Thanks, I am a physician and it's actually a running joke at work on when I'll get tingling fingers and toes from mercury. For some reason, I accept the risk although I might not feel the same about early-onset dementia. However, I do try to space it out which is why I'm asking about other types of fish because I tell myself to fight the swordfish craving for risk of too many walloping doses of heavy metals.

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              sciencediet RE: fldhkybnva Mar 18, 2013 10:34 AM

              No joke. I have a friend whose father is a physician, and he ate a tuna salad sandwich every day from the cafeteria at his hospital. In his late 60s, his hands started shaking, and he determined that it was mercury poisoning. I eat tuna rarely, and swordfish never (anymore), but I think halibut is more like sword. At its best, it will melt in your mouth.

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                fldhkybnva RE: sciencediet Mar 18, 2013 12:21 PM

                Wow, I'm in trouble!

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                  Bacardi1 RE: fldhkybnva Mar 18, 2013 01:34 PM

                  In a way, yes you are.

                  I know you're starting to branch out to other fish, but please do KEEP AT IT. To the point where you're NOT eating Tuna &/or Swordfish every single week. There are dozens & dozens of other seafood choices to choose from.

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                  Bacardi1 RE: sciencediet Mar 18, 2013 01:33 PM

                  Halibut isn't even remotely close to Swordfish in any way, shape, form, or taste.

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                    jlbwendt RE: sciencediet Mar 18, 2013 04:44 PM

                    Halibut is a bottom feeder and is on the "moderate" mercury list, which is 6 or less servings per month.

              2. linguafood RE: fldhkybnva Mar 17, 2013 12:03 PM

                Why not buy some and try it?

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                  Harters RE: linguafood Mar 17, 2013 12:07 PM

                  And here's a good recipe assuming you liked asian spiced food.

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                    fldhkybnva RE: linguafood Mar 17, 2013 03:01 PM

                    Of course that's always a solution, but rather not spend good money on something I know nothing about. It seems since I like cod that it'd fit right in so I guess I feel more comfortable buying it. Also, I have an annoying habit of being really angry if I cook something that just doesn't taste good which as a creature of habit doesn't happen much :)

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                      linguafood RE: fldhkybnva Mar 17, 2013 06:52 PM

                      It is pretty expensive to just experiment with it as an unfamiliar ingredient, I'll admit.

                      But ya know.... YOLO, man. Carpe diem and all that jazz.

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                        Isolda RE: fldhkybnva Mar 18, 2013 01:57 PM

                        I think you'll like it if you like cod. Try it in a simple preparation first, and next time try it in a curry sauce.

                    2. ipsedixit RE: fldhkybnva Mar 17, 2013 12:08 PM

                      It tastes like halibut.

                      It's sort of like asking what does beef taste like, or what does salmon taste like.

                      A good piece of beef or fish will just taste like itself. The taste is part and parcel the quiddity of what makes a particular food item unique -- esp. with things like fish and meats.

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                        blue room RE: ipsedixit Mar 17, 2013 12:43 PM

                        And fruits and vegetables.

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                          James Cristinian RE: ipsedixit Mar 17, 2013 01:43 PM

                          A lot of times when I'm out eating crawfish people ask what it tastes like. I politely tell them it tastes like crawfish.

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                            fldhkybnva RE: ipsedixit Mar 17, 2013 03:02 PM

                            This is true to some extent, but the flavors and aromas of many things we eat can sometimes be described with adjectives.

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                              Isolda RE: fldhkybnva Mar 18, 2013 01:58 PM

                              Yes, I find adjectives quite useful for describing things. ;)

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                              calumin RE: ipsedixit Mar 18, 2013 07:19 PM

                              Yes, but don't you agree that frogs' legs taste like chicken?

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                              masha RE: fldhkybnva Mar 17, 2013 01:00 PM

                              It is sweet and mild. Because the fillets tend to be thicker than cod, it tends to be moister but probably is closer to cod than the other fishes that you've mentioned

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                                melpy RE: masha Mar 18, 2013 07:15 AM

                                I feel like it is sweeter than cod. We had sea bass and mahi mahi this weekend and I think of halibut being closer to those than cod.

                              2. Kat RE: fldhkybnva Mar 17, 2013 01:35 PM

                                I love halibut! My favorite fish. It has a firm, very meaty texture, but a mild flavor. It is quite difficultbto find in fish stores, in my area anyway, and expensive when I do find it. But, on an old thread of mine, someone mentioned that Trader Joe's has it frozen.

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                                  greygarious RE: Kat Mar 18, 2013 09:07 AM

                                  I was the TJ mentioner. Last week I noticed that mine had no fresh frozen halibut but still had the house-branded battered halibut fillets. I look for halibut only sporadically (my favorite fish but spendy) so don't know if they were just temporarily out of stock or have stopped carrying it.

                                  I suggest the OP try the battered halibut. It's quite good. Or order it in a restaurant. It's a good idea to try a new food in prepared version first, rather than cooking something when you have no idea what the desired finished texture is. I agree that it is firm. There is a bit of a directional grain to it, though not the long strands of, say, chicken breast. The mouth feel is closer to chicken breast than cod.

                                2. Melanie Wong RE: fldhkybnva Mar 17, 2013 01:56 PM

                                  It's a flatfish. If you've had sole or flounder, halibut shares some of the same flavor characteristics but with denser, meatier flesh and not quite as sweet. It has less gelatin than cod, so not as smooth and soft-ish.

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                                    laraffinee RE: fldhkybnva Mar 17, 2013 02:23 PM

                                    It is firmer and sweeter than cod. A good fishmonger can cut you a small 4 ounce piece so that you can try it. It is one of my favorite fish.

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                                      kseiverd RE: fldhkybnva Mar 17, 2013 05:15 PM

                                      Isn't it a BIG flat fish? Seem to remember Sarah Palin and daugher CLUBBING tem as they were hauled into a fishing boat on some program?? It's very mild... I'd say in similar taste as cod. Not something you'd be very successful grilling... like salmon, tuna or swordfish.

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                                        Melanie Wong RE: kseiverd Mar 17, 2013 05:28 PM

                                        Yes, halibut is huge (100 to 500 lbs apiece), especially the ones from Alaska. The ones off the California coast tend to be smaller. Halibut steaks are quite delicious grilled, but bear in mind that it is leaner than cod, salmon or swordfish. But the best part is the cheek.

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                                          Fowler RE: kseiverd Mar 17, 2013 10:09 PM

                                          >>>Seem to remember Sarah Palin and daugher CLUBBING tem as they were hauled into a fishing boat on some program<<<

                                          What does Sarah Palin have to do with the question regarding what "tem" (sic) halibut tastes like, kseiverd?

                                          >>>Not something you'd be very successful grilling<<<

                                          And why would you conclude the OP would not be very successful grilling halibut? I know many people that grill it with excellent results and I suspect the OP can as well.

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                                          ohmyyum RE: fldhkybnva Mar 17, 2013 05:37 PM

                                          Halibut is sweet, mild, and firm. It is so delicious that I think it's best very simply prepared, just pan fried and perhaps with a squeeze of lemon.
                                          My whole foods has already advertised that it will have fresh, wild Alaskan Halibut from Good Friday thru Easter weekend-- it's on my calendar. Might be a good time to give it a try if you have a whole foods near you offering that same deal!

                                          PS how do you pronounce your name?

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                                            fldhkybnva RE: ohmyyum Mar 17, 2013 06:29 PM

                                            Indeed, that's where I saw it. There is no real pronunciation - it is a combinaiton of the words field hockey in Virginia which was an ancient AOL screenname I created when I was literally 10 years old and have just stuck with it.

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                                              melpy RE: fldhkybnva Mar 18, 2013 08:04 AM

                                              I was wondering the same thing!

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                                                fldhkybnva RE: melpy Mar 18, 2013 08:20 AM

                                                I get asked that question a lot which if I didn't create the name, I would probably wonder about too. I've though about changing it to something more obvious, but then I'd have to remember :)

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                                            James Cristinian RE: fldhkybnva Mar 17, 2013 05:38 PM

                                            I'm not wild about the flavor at all. It's just too mild for my taste. I prefer something with a more fish taste, like speckled trout or wild redfish, caught by me.

                                            1. Bada Bing RE: fldhkybnva Mar 17, 2013 05:45 PM

                                              It's a mild white fish, and I agree with others that it's closer to cod than much anything else in most respects. If you could imagine a cross between cod and monkfish (thoroughly de-membraned), you'd be even closer to the mark.

                                              Halibut can justly be accused of being too mild, if you're one who favors fish like swordfish, shark or tuna, to say nothing of the even stronger oilier types like salmon and mackerel. But I find halibut to be an ideal canvas for all kinds of flavors, and were it not invariably at least three times the price of cod, I'd always prefer it to cod for any application.

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                                                fldhkybnva RE: Bada Bing Mar 17, 2013 06:30 PM

                                                Yea, I worried that I wouldn't like cod given that I like the more flavorful varieties, but the subtlety is quite nice.

                                              2. ipsedixit RE: fldhkybnva Mar 17, 2013 07:08 PM

                                                Oh, and before I forget, the tastiest part of the halibut are the worms!

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                                                  ohmyyum RE: ipsedixit Mar 17, 2013 07:34 PM

                                                  Wait what?! Please elaborate. I think.

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                                                    ipsedixit RE: ohmyyum Mar 17, 2013 07:37 PM

                                                    I thought this was common knowledge, no?

                                                    See here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/2874... and http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/563738 amongst many many others.

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                                                    fldhkybnva RE: ipsedixit Mar 17, 2013 08:21 PM

                                                    Yup! I love swordfish and cod and they are also known for worms. I just don't look as I prep and pray that it won't ruin my appetite.

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                                                      Bacardi1 RE: fldhkybnva Mar 18, 2013 03:08 PM

                                                      Thank the Gods that you're a sensible gal!! Parasites prevail in ALL seafood (& in other proteins as well). Don't let the fearmongers scare you away from seafood!!!! Growing up on the Long Island, NY, waterfront, we caught our own seafood all the time, & purchased it from the local boats. Did we find worms while fileting/cleaning? Of course!! Did it keep us from eating our catch/purchases? NEVER!

                                                      It's common knowledge (well - amongst those who take the time to reseach from reputable sources) that any parasites common in seafood (which are normally present & aren't a sign of poor seafood) are killed at normal cooking temps. As for sushi/sashimi - fish sold for that purpose are required by law to be frozen at sub-zero temps for a minimum of 48 hours in order to kill any parasites.

                                                      Keep up trying different types of fish outside of your favorite Tuna & Swordfish (which aren't parasite-free either - lol!).

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                                                        fldhkybnva RE: Bacardi1 Mar 18, 2013 03:45 PM

                                                        I accept the parasites as I am aware that they are not pathogenic if the food is cooked properly, just don't want to see them really.

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                                                          John E. RE: Bacardi1 Mar 19, 2013 11:25 AM

                                                          I know of a guy who thought walleye sushi was a good idea.

                                                          It wasn't. I'll skip most of the story, but some weeks later he discovered he had a rather large tapeworm. He got some medicine and later discovered that dead tapeworm flatulence is not pleasant.

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                                                            Bacardi1 RE: John E. Mar 19, 2013 03:53 PM

                                                            Yes - solely freshwater fish (outside of some "sweet" shrimp) are rarely if ever used as sushi ingredients unless cooked first (like eel).

                                                            Freshwater fish not only have a higher incidence of parasites, but have a higher incidence of parasites that are very compatible with the human body as a host.

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                                                          Bada Bing RE: fldhkybnva Mar 18, 2013 04:39 PM

                                                          Bonus protein! No need to look, of course.

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                                                          Isolda RE: ipsedixit Mar 18, 2013 02:01 PM

                                                          Ugh, seriously? I started buying more halibut after encountering some wormy cod that skeeved me out. I have been trying to convince myself that halibut is immune. Guess I'll have to pair it with some waspy figs in the future. Sometimes I really hate this site!

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                                                            Bacardi1 RE: Isolda Mar 18, 2013 03:13 PM

                                                            Please see my reply to the OP above. DON'T be skeeved out by worms in fish. They're there even if you don't see them. And harmless when prepared the way humans have been preparing fish for thousands of years.

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                                                              Tom34 RE: Bacardi1 Mar 18, 2013 03:19 PM

                                                              Couldn't agree more. Certain types of fish require more scrutiny when prepared raw but over all most common cooking methods more than take care of any parasitic problems.

                                                        4. Bill Hunt RE: fldhkybnva Mar 17, 2013 08:47 PM

                                                          Much will depend on the prep, but have you ever had flounder? If so, then you have eaten a "second cousin." Now, sole (most types), have more differences, IMHO, than do flounders.

                                                          I find the meat to be slightly sweet, not at all "fishy," but not so "fish-heavy," as many other species. When prepared well (most often in my experiences), it is a lovely fish.

                                                          Good luck,


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                                                            fldhkybnva RE: Bill Hunt Mar 17, 2013 09:43 PM

                                                            I have had sole but not flounder. Thanks, hopefully I'll give it a try soon.

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                                                              melpy RE: fldhkybnva Mar 18, 2013 08:07 AM

                                                              Flounder is mild an was staple in our household growing up. Breaded in cracker meal an fried with a side of tartar sauce and homemade macaroni and cheese was a Lenten favorite of my father.

                                                              Flounder is similar to catfish if you haven't tried it.

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                                                                Bill Hunt RE: melpy Mar 18, 2013 07:23 PM

                                                                While I enjoy both flounder and catfish, other than a sweet white fish, I do not see the similarity.

                                                                I grew up with both, and even sold saltwater catfish to local restaurants, when we caught them.

                                                                With flounder (I am talking about Gulf here), there is a sweetness, like with much of the Halibut, where with catfish (saltwater, or freshwater), there is an "earthiness," that is not bad, but is present.

                                                                For most Halibut, I go with a Chardonnay, or a lighter Pinot Noir. Same for Flounder. For catfish, I would not choose a Chard, and would first head to an "earthy" PN.

                                                                Both are white, both have a certain "sweetness," but then catfish (both salt and freshwater), have a unique "earthiness."


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                                                              Tom34 RE: Bill Hunt Mar 18, 2013 04:54 AM

                                                              2nd the flounder comparison. Eaten quite a bit of both and they are very similar. To me the key is fresh / fresh / fresh. For this reason, I prefer the Flounder because most of the time I am eating it the same day I caught it.

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                                                                Bill Hunt RE: Tom34 Mar 18, 2013 08:17 PM


                                                                I would think that it would depend on where you live, or where you are dining. Fresh Flounder, done well, is a great delight. Same for fresh Halibut. When any fish is frozen, even for short transit, things can go a bit off. Still, with Fed-X, and really good practices, it can be hard to tell, especially if the fish is flash-frozen upon being caught, and then transported. Lot of variables involved.

                                                                Over much of my young life, I had some of the most wonderful Gulf Coast Flounder. Then, when I moved away, it was sort of close, but not that much.


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                                                                  Tom34 RE: Bill Hunt Mar 19, 2013 03:30 PM

                                                                  I agree with the freezing Bill. I think most fish is flash frozen now days but I have found that it does not hold well in the freezer. After a relatively short time, the corners & edges become a little off color indicating the onset of freezer burn and the taste becomes very strong / off. I often wonder how long the cases sit in the warehouses. I have had many bad experiences with portion controlled vacuum sealed Tuna, Sword & Mahi Mahi.

                                                                  I have only had Mid Atlantic Flounder and I think its really good. Eating fresh same day as caught just can't be beat for both texture and flavor.

                                                            3. Beach Chick RE: fldhkybnva Mar 17, 2013 11:22 PM

                                                              It's one of my fave and the Alaskan Halibut is thick, firm, sweet and super white in color.
                                                              Not as much a fan of the local halibut...spoiled knowing the AK is sublime.
                                                              I love to prepare it with lemon caper beurre blanc.
                                                              Can be pricey but well worth it.
                                                              I've had good luck same day at Costco.
                                                              I asked last week and said it should be in season in a month or so.
                                                              I cook it medium and have never seen worms.
                                                              I no longer eat sword from all the tumors when we used to fly and sword spot in the islands.

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                                                                Puffin3 RE: fldhkybnva Mar 18, 2013 07:05 AM

                                                                I don't want to put damper on things 'halibut-wise' but a couple of things you should be aware of. Pretty much all the halibut you get in your average grocery store has been frozen. Halibut is a VERY delicate fish and IMO freezing it ruins the sweet light taste you get from really fresh. If you live anywhere away from where halibut is caught even 'fresh' unfrozen' halibut has basically begun rotting the minute the fish is dead. A piece of 'fresh' halibut may be a week old and no amount of icing will help. Truly fresh halibut has almost a 'pearlescent'' sheen appearance. The older the fish gets the more 'milky'white the surface.
                                                                Also you can be pretty much guaranteed that any fish department bringing in fish from a distance dips all the fish in a 'special' albite supposedly 'food safe' chemical to remove the 'fishy smell before it goes into the display case.
                                                                So..... IMO if you can't get truly fresh halibut you'll never get to actually taste the fish. Fresh halibut is a delicious fish when it's fresh.

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                                                                  fldhkybnva RE: Puffin3 Mar 18, 2013 07:52 AM

                                                                  Great, thanks for the additional information, much appreciated.

                                                                2. fldhkybnva RE: fldhkybnva Mar 18, 2013 08:22 AM

                                                                  It seems that many quite enjoy halibut and prefer a simple prep, any quick suggestions for cooking? I usually do cod with some combination of fresh herbs, garlic and lemon and bake which would probably work with halibut as it does with many fish, but any favorite recipes?

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                                                                    Bacardi1 RE: fldhkybnva Mar 18, 2013 11:56 AM

                                                                    That will work just fine, & will be a perfect introduction for you.

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                                                                      Fowler RE: fldhkybnva Mar 18, 2013 12:17 PM

                                                                      I have had excellent luck with just using a white wine, fish (or even vegetable) stock, garlic, onion, fennel, butter and caper sauce. Fennel really seams to pair well with Halibut.

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                                                                        rcallner RE: fldhkybnva Mar 18, 2013 04:00 PM

                                                                        It's one of my favorite fish, too. Here's a preparation that enhances but doesn't conquer the flavor - grate a clove of fresh garlic, 1/2 t cumin, splash of green tabasco, T white worchestershire, 1/2 t dried thyme, juice of half a lemon, and slurry it up with olive oil. Marinade in the fridge for a couple hours. Grill or broil.

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                                                                          linguafood RE: rcallner Mar 18, 2013 10:17 PM

                                                                          Does it need to be white worcestershire? (just in case the halibut here becomes affordable any time soon... maybe in time for grilling weather :-))

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                                                                            rcallner RE: linguafood Mar 19, 2013 03:46 PM

                                                                            Yes, black worchestershire is completely different. You'll find the white is a lovely enhancer for fish, poultry and pork sauces. It also lasts forever, so it's a decent investment. Hm. I'm wanting to eat some of this soon, now I'm focused on it....

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                                                                              linguafood RE: rcallner Mar 19, 2013 04:33 PM

                                                                              Cool. I'll have a look-see next time at the store!

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                                                                        latindancer RE: fldhkybnva Mar 18, 2013 11:45 AM

                                                                        I think it depends on what part of the halibut you're talking about.

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                                                                          gourmanda RE: fldhkybnva Mar 18, 2013 12:01 PM

                                                                          FYI, Pacific halibut season does not open until March 23 of this year.

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                                                                            Querencia RE: fldhkybnva Mar 18, 2013 10:42 PM

                                                                            I am responding to posts here talking about worms in fish. Please tell me you are joking. In case you're not, is this a thing about wild fish, not farmed fish? Elaborate. Please. Oh God. How disgusting.

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                                                                              fldhkybnva RE: Querencia Mar 19, 2013 04:58 AM

                                                                              No joke, fish have worms. I'm not sure if it applies to farmed as well, but wild fish have worms. They live in the environment and are susceptible to parasites as many species are-symbiosis if you will :)

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                                                                                sciencediet RE: Querencia Mar 19, 2013 06:01 AM

                                                                                You know what the wasabi with sushi is for? Antibacterial.

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                                                                                PAO RE: fldhkybnva Mar 19, 2013 02:47 PM

                                                                                A wonderful fish--my favorite whitefish. Meaty like salmon and swordfish yet mild. Not very oily. You should definitely try it.

                                                                                1. fldhkybnva RE: fldhkybnva Apr 12, 2013 11:54 PM

                                                                                  Thanks for all of the information, advice and suggestions. I finally tried halibut tonight. While it was quite refreshing and had a lovely texture, I think it's a bit too mild for my tastes to be included as a regular go-to fish choice but it was still light and delicious.

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                                                                                    Puffin3 RE: fldhkybnva Apr 21, 2013 06:15 AM

                                                                                    A lot of 'fresh halibut' sold in stores does come from large halibut. 'Chicken halibut' is small halibut and has a sweeter more flavorful taste.
                                                                                    You'll hate me for this but any fish when it's grown about as large as they can will be riddled with worms/parasites halibut included. You won't find anyone (generalizing here) who lives where they can buy fresh caught halibut right off the boat who wouldn't rather buy a 10 pound whole 'chicken halibut' instead of a ten pound piece of halibut from a 200 pound fish.
                                                                                    When I fished commercially for salmon/rock cod/ling cod/halibut if we ever wanted to eat any fish we just caught it would always be small ones. Less worms/paristisitiac cysts etc.

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                                                                                      fldhkybnva RE: Puffin3 Apr 21, 2013 10:43 AM

                                                                                      I see, thanks although aren't the parasites killed at cooking temperatures?

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                                                                                        Puffin3 RE: fldhkybnva Apr 21, 2013 10:51 AM

                                                                                        That's open to debate. Some suggest that in order to kill off all parasites you must heat the fish to the point where it's not worth eating. The younger the fish the smaller the parasites/worms.

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                                                                                        John E. RE: Puffin3 Apr 21, 2013 10:47 AM

                                                                                        I hate it when I come across a parisitic cyst when eating halibut. It's reminiscent of Richard Blaise using molecular gastronomy to make a puss filled sphere that bursts in your mouth when you bite down. 

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                                                                                          ohmyyum RE: John E. Apr 21, 2013 01:17 PM

                                                                                          Omg that is so gross. Despite my concerns about the possibility of eating parasitic worms, I had some halibut a couple weeks ago and didn't notice anything like what you vividly describe! Just mild buttery sweet flakes.

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                                                                                            Tom34 RE: John E. Apr 21, 2013 01:25 PM

                                                                                            Wow, never heard it put quite like that.

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                                                                                            ohmyyum RE: Puffin3 Apr 21, 2013 01:16 PM

                                                                                            Chicken halibut? Is it the same species as the regular big filets of halibut? Is it a baby? I have never seen this at my fish counter. Granted, the only good fish I have access to is at Whole Foods-- I'm a good 3hrs from the NC Atlantic coast.

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                                                                                              Puffin3 RE: ohmyyum Apr 22, 2013 06:01 AM

                                                                                              On the West Coast young halibut around the 10 pound range are prized by the locals who catch them and they are called 'chicks'/'chickens'. I'm not sure why.
                                                                                              The 'tourists' seem to be wanting 'trophy' halibut over two hundred pounds. When I was a fishing guide we'd cut the two hundred pounders into pieces to fit the iced down containers the tourists had flown home. Tourist to guide/s: "Would you like a piece of this huge trophy to take home?" Guide/s: "I'm fine thanks. I have some at ". LOL

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                                                                                                ohmyyum RE: Puffin3 Apr 22, 2013 07:24 PM

                                                                                                Ah so it is the same fish! But it seems I will have to visit the west coast to try it, and have a fisherman friend at that!

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                                                                                              Tom34 RE: Puffin3 Apr 21, 2013 01:38 PM

                                                                                              IMHO, small / younger is better with most animals or seafood for the reasons you mentioned and also for favor & tenderness. For eating purposes, I would take a 10 lb stripped bass over a 30 lb one any day of the week. I would also rather have (2) 6 oz lobster tails than (1) 12 oz tail.

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