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Simple Saute of Thick Fish
8 ounces halibut steak
--- OTHER THICK FISH
1 teaspoon unsalted butter
1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
1. In a saute pan, cook equal parts of butter and oil over medium-high heat until golden brown.
2. Reduce the heat to medium. Place the fish (1 inch thick) in the pan. Do not season (See tip 1). Cook 3 to 4 minutes per side (see tip 3). (Monkfish, being the thickest, will need a full 4 minutes per side.)
3. Remove the fish from the pan and immediately season with salt and freshly ground pepper. Cover with aluminum foil or a plate and let rest for 3 minutes. (See tip 2)
1) Never season the fish before cooking. Seasoning will draw the juices out during cooking and the result will be tough, chewy fish.
2. Instead, season immediately after cooking. Let the fish rest for about 3 minutes covered.
3) Doneness is really a matter of taste. He prefers fish that is translucent on the inside and moist throughout. Most Americans prefer fish that is cooked until it flakes -- that would be overdone to him. He recommends sauteing thick fish steaks 3 to 4 minutes per side.