Halibut is the world's largest flat fish. Like the king salmon and king crab, it can be found and fished in the North Pacific or North Atlantic Ocean. The heaviest halibut in the history of fishing weighs more than 200 kilograms with a length of 2.5 meters long. Halibut fish or "the sea cow" is a grouper from the Pleuronectidae family. This fish species can be found lying with their left side exposed and with both eyes on the right side.
Halibut fish are usually found at the bottom of the sea at the depth of 90 to 900 feet. Some records of halibut lying at the depth of 3,600 feet were also seen. Halibut migrate from shallow water to deep water in different seasons. Mature halibuts spawn in deep water and offshore and get back to the shallow water to feed.
This kind of fish is a highly valued food fish. It possesses different attributes that make them among the top fish choices of a cook. It has a lean and white meat that is easy to cook. The halibut fish does not possess a strong taste and flavor of its own which makes it an easy candidate to be used as a substitute for other seasonal fish and of water animals such as king salmon and crabs. What's more, it not only is a substitute for fish. It is also used in some poultry recipes as replacement to poultry.
Because of their abundance, halibut fish are the best fish choice for people who are concerned with fish depletion. The plentiful population is a contribution by the farms that culture them. Halibut farming began in the early 19th century from a fishery in the Northern Pacific.
Halibut are often sold as fillet or steak. Because of the versatility of this fish, they can be cooked and served in anyway you want them. Steak halibuts are often grilled and barbecued. The fresh fillets on the other hand, are broiled with herbs and are sometimes baked. To let you taste the halibut wonders, here's how to cook some simple recipes for a fresh halibut fillet:
- Slice your fish in a smaller portion, rinse, drain and dry the slices.
- Roll them in flour and dip into an egg mixture.
- Put them inside a closed container, jar or paper bag and shake together with some bread crumbs.
- Fry them in a pan with a little bit of oil.
- Halibut fish cooks fast so you'll only need to wait for 3-4 minutes. Cook them until golden brown and just match them with your favorite dip.
- 4 pieces of halibut fillets weighing 6-8 ounces each
- 3 table spoon butter
- Minced garlic
- 2 tablespoon of lemon
- Herbs (dried basil and chopped parsley)
Using a saucepan, melt your butter on low heat and soften your garlic. Apply the melted butter on each side of your fillet. Prepare and heat your broiler. Let your halibut cook until it is flaky and garnish it with your herbs.
Halibut fish is a nature, pocket and cook friendly fish. So, the next time you go fish shopping, don't forget to catch them.