Instructions for Cooking the Halibut
Start with a sauté pan large enough that you can put four pieces of fish in and are not touching each other or the sides of the pan. Heat your pan on high and add enough olive oil to coat the bottom of the pan with an even layer. Once the pan is hot, you will see wisp’s of white smoke coming from the pan, season the fish on all sides with salt and place carefully in the pan, avoiding any oil splashing. Turn the heat down to medium and let them cook on one side until golden brown. To check the coloring on the fish carefully use a flexible metal spatula to lightly raise one corner and peek at the doneness. Once golden, carefully flip fish over and add butter put in oven for approximately 3 minutes or until the fish feels slightly firm on its sides.
Instructions for the Asparagus and Onions
Start by snapping bottoms off by holding just below the tip of the asparagus with one hand and the base in the other and lightly bending until it snaps. Next, peel outside off of asparagus leaving the tip fully intact (Optional). Securely tie the asparagus together in one bunch with butchers twine.
With your water at a steady boil, gently place the asparagus bunch in water and set up an ice bath using 1 quart cold water and 3 cups ice.
Remove asparagus from water when it is fork tender, and place directly into ice water, leave in cold water until fully cool, approximately 5 minutes.
Preparing Your Dish to Eat
In warm sauté pan, add 1 tablespoon olive oil and sauté onions until golden brown. Add your blanched asparagus, butter, shallots, garlic, parsley and thyme and season with salt and pepper.
To serve, spoon your onion and asparagus garnish onto a plate and place fish on top. A fresh squeeze of lemon and olive oil to finish and enjoy!