Fish and lemon — well, of course. They are a natural pair, classic for a reason. But lemon isn't the only citrus that makes fish sparkle. Now, at the height of the citrus season, there is a wide and wonderful variety to explore with color, bright acidity and multidimensional flavor that can take your seafood dinner to another level.
The sauce for this dish brings together grapefruit and orange in an enticing and exciting way. I use red grapefruit for its color and gentle pucker, and a navel orange works perfectly along with it. But if cara caras are available, try that orange variety, which has a stunning pink hue and lovely sweet-tart balance. You can add a sprinkle of fresh tarragon to the sauce for a fragrant hint of anise.
And for a stress-free cooking experience with fish, just roast it. Use halibut or whatever mild, white flaky fish you prefer. Just place the fish in a preheated oven and cook it for 10 minutes per inch of thickness. It's as foolproof as it gets.
Then serve the sauce spooned over the fish, and relish the taste of the sun and surf in a whole new way.
ROASTED HALIBUT WITH CITRUS WINE SAUCE
Makes 4 servings
3 tablespoons olive oil Four 6-ounce skinless halibut fillets
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 red grapefruit
1 navel orange
1/3 cup finely chopped shallots (from 2 medium shallots)
1/2 cup dry white wine
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
2 teaspoons honey
1 tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon leaves
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
Brush the bottom of a shallow baking dish with 1 1/2 teaspoons of the oil, arrange the fish in the dish, then brush the tops with another 1 1/2 teaspoons of the oil. Season the fish with 1/4 teaspoon of the salt and all of the pepper. Roast until just opaque, about 10 minutes per inch of thickness. Transfer to the top of the stove (off the heat); cover to keep warm if the fish is done before the sauce is ready.
Meanwhile, cut off the top and bottom of the grapefruit and orange, then remove the pith and peel of each by standing the fruit on one of its cut ends; follow the curve of the fruit with your knife, slicing downward around the fruit. Then, working over a bowl so the citrus segments fall into the bowl and you catch all the juices, use a paring knife to remove each segment of the grapefruit and orange from its membrane.
Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once the oil shimmers, add the shallots and cook, stirring until softened and beginning to brown on the edges, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in the wine; cook for 2 to 4 minutes or until it has reduced by about half.
Reduce the heat to medium-low; stir in the butter, honey and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon of salt until well blended. Add the citrus segments and their accumulated juices, then sprinkle the tarragon over the sauce. To distribute the plump citrus segments without breaking them, shake the pan or stir gently once. Cook until warmed through, about 2 minutes.
Serve the fish topped with the sauce.
Nutrition information per serving: 370 calories, 33 g protein, 20 g carbohydrates, 16 g fat, 4 g saturated fat, 90 mg cholesterol, 390 mg sodium, 2 g dietary fiber, 9 g sugar