When I make fish, it’s usually salmon. Sometimes tilapia, but mostly salmon. Other types of fish — sturgeon, bass, halibut — just don’t occur to me for some reason. I think that’s partly why I find this running joke from How I Met Your Mother so awkwardly funny — fish names are weird and stupid! Sturgeon? I don’t think so, pal.
Of the types of fish you can usually find at the grocery store, I think halibut has the second-funniest name, next to mackerel. “Cod” is pretty funny, too. And catfish!
See, Marshall was on to something. Fish names are hilarious.
[Side note — how exciting was it that we finally got to see The Mother in the season finale!?]
PARMESAN PESTO HALIBUT (recipe from Pink Parsley)
1/2 cup panko bread crumbs (I used whole wheat panko, which is why mine looks sortof dark)
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
salt and pepper
zest and juice of one lemon
1/4 cup basil pesto (homemade or prepared)
4 4-oz halibut fillets
1. Preheat oven to 450 and line baking sheet with foil. Spray foil with nonstick cooking spray.
2. Meanwhile, combine panko and Parmesan cheese in small bowl. In another small bowl, stir lemon zest into basil pesto.
3. Arrange halibut fillets in single layer on baking sheet, patting dry with a paper towel. Season with salt and pepper, and spread about 1 tbsp pesto over each piece of fish. Press the Parmesan-panko mixture over pesto.
4. Cook fish until tops turn golden-brown and the fish flakes easily with a fork, about 10 to 12 minutes. Squeeze lemon juice over fish and serve immediately.
I served this along with some frozen peas tossed with lemon zest, chopped mint, and butter. This is about as quick and easy as it gets, and we scarfed it down.
Oh, halibut. You so crazy.