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This is possibly the simplest fish dish I’ve ever prepared, but my husband used the word “outstanding” not once, but twice during the meal, so something must have gone very right. This was a last-minute inspiration based on desire to balance our love for the tangy zing of Thai chili sauce with the delicate taste of halibut, all the while keeping preparation to a minimum and moisture in the fish to a max.

You will need:

  • 1 lb. skinless halibut fillet
  • 1/2 cup reduced fat Omega-3 mayonnaise
  • lime juice (I keep a bottle of it on hand; I use it in great quantities and love adding it to soda water for spritzers alongside meals like this one)
  • Thai sweet chili sauce
  • cayenne pepper
  • salt
  • olive oil
1.  Preheat oven to 375.  Rinse the fish and dust it with salt.  Place the fillet in a glass baking dish and drizzle a tiny amount of olive oil over the top, then roll it in the pan a few times to coat.  

2.  In a small bowl, combine the mayo and chili sauce and beat with a fork.  The result should be pink.  Add lime juice and stir until the sauce becomes the consistency of salad dressing.  Season liberally with cayenne and a little salt.  Taste and adjust lime and chili sauce to taste.

3.  Spoon the sauce over the fish and turn the fillet so that it is coated on all sides.  Heap extra sauce on top, reserving some in the bowl.  

4.  Bake at 375 until the halibut is opaque through and flakes easily.  Add more sauce to the top halfway through the process, to replace any that has melted down the sides.  The sauce should form a soft golden crust by the time the fish is cooked through.

5.  Serve with lime wedges and rice.  Save any pan drippings to drizzle over the rice on the side.  Outstanding!

Baked Halibut with Sweet Chili Cream
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