Written By Guest Writer Food Events / One ingredient / Recipes Apr 3, 2018 Halibut Season SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestHalibut season this year opened at noon on Saturday, March 24. At Finest At Sea in James Bay that meant all of their big boats headed north to Haida Gwaii to bring back their catch for the city.Fresh halibut stared to appear in stores last week and an open-to-the-public “Halibut BBQ Celebration” was held at their James Bay location on Saturday, March 31. To prepare for the festivities owner Bob Fraumeni and his two sons did a 2-day local trip to stock Victoria with fresh halibut ahead of everyone else. Bob has been fishing for 25+ years and instilling those sustainable practices in his sons.At the Saturday event, Il Covo Trattoria‘s chef Raphael Laouini joined the F.A.S crew and was on hand to fire up the barbecue and provide halibut samples and snacks. Demos were given showing how to break down a whole halibut.Look for fresh halibut at the Finest at Sea store, Thrifty Foods seafood counters and at Oak Bay Seafood on Oak Bay Ave. Restaurants around the city will also be featuring fresh halibut on their menus.Here’s a recipe from stylist and recipe developer Jennifer Danter for a delicious and spicy halibut curry that first appeared in our March/April 2018 issue. (Photo by Jacqueline Downey) GOLDEN HALIBUT CURRY1 onion, coarsely chopped1 large stalk lemongrass (trim top and discard outer leaves), chopped5 garlic cloves, smashed2 Tbsp. finely grated fresh ginger1 Tbsp. finely grated fresh turmeric⅓ cup vegetable oil1 Tbsp. cumin seeds2 tomatoes, coarsely chopped3 Tbsp. palm sugar or honey2 Tbsp fish sauce1 Tbsp garam masala1-2 bird’s eye red chilies (not seeded), chopped*1 tsp sea salt4 kaffir lime leaves2 400-mL cans coconut milk2 16-oz halibut filletsSalt and pepper, to taste1 Tbsp oil1 cup coarsely chopped cilantro or basil In a food processor, pulse together onion, lemongrass, garlic, ginger and turmeric until almost puréed.In Dutch oven, heat oil over medium heat until hot (be patient); add cumin seeds and sizzle for 1 min. Scrape in onion mixture; cook, stirring often, for 15 min. Stir continuously towards end of cooking to prevent sticking.Meanwhile, purée tomatoes with sugar, fish sauce, garam masala, chilies* and salt. Stir into onion mixture along with lime leaves. Sauté, stirring occasionally for 5 min., then add coconut milk. Bring to a boil; reduce and simmer until sauce thickens slightly, 5 to 8 min.Meanwhile, season halibut with salt and pepper. In a skillet, heat oil to medium-high; add fish skin-side up. Sear until golden, 3 to 4 min.; transfer to Dutch oven. Cover and simmer until fish is cooked through, 8 to 10 more min. Sprinkle with basil; serve with rice noodles and lime wedges.Make Ahead Prep sauce only. Cool and refrigerate up to 5 days; this will allow flavours to blend. Rewarm sauce; sear fish, then simmer in sauce before serving.* I find that fresh chilies sometimes don’t pack the heat I expect. Blend in one, then taste and add another if needed. Top That! On a parchment-paper-lined baking sheet, combine ½ cup each almonds, cashews, pistachios and pecans with ¼ cup each cranberries and sunflower seeds, 1 sliced Thai red chili, 1 Tbsp sesame seeds and 1 tsp each coriander seeds, mustard seeds and salt. Drizzle with 3 Tbsp honey and 1 Tbsp oil; toss to evenly coat. Roast in preheated 350°F oven, stirring occasionally, until browned, about 20 minutes. Chop; sprinkle over curry. SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Guest Writer We get many people writing guest articles for us, as well as past contributors. This is the Guest ... Read More You may also like Food & Wine Pairing / Food Events / Restaurants / Restaurants / Victoria April 20, 2023 Little Chef, Big Chops That’s what you get with the new Le Petit Chef experiences at Victoria’s Marriott Inner Harbour, with the diminutive cartoon cook cavorting ... 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