Braised Halibut with Tagliarini

The wonderful flavour for the halibut comes from sautéing it with anchovies, parsley and garlic and then finishing it in the oven along with the tagliarini and its creamy cooking water. Shellfish such as clams, mussels, or prawns are also all delicious prepared in this sauce.

Braised Halibut with Tagliarini


Quantity Ingredients
6 ounces fresh tagliarini or dried tagliarini
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1/3 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
6 anchovy fillets
2 halibut steaks or fillets (approximately 3/4 pound), skin on
1/2 cup dry Italian white wine
coarse or sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper
a few drops of fresh lemon juice, optional


Preheat oven to 500 F.

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the tagliarini and cook until about half-done, about 1 minute for fresh and 4 minutes for dried. (It will finish cooking in the braising liquid.) Drain, reserving 1/2 cup of the cooking water, and set aside.

In a flameproof gratin dish or heavy oven-proof skillet, warm the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and sautee until fragrant. Add the parsley and the anchovies, pressing the anchovies with the tines of a fork. Continue to sautee until the parsley sizzles and the anchovies melt into the oil, about 3 minutes.

Add the fish and sauté it briefly on both sides until the edges of the fish are opaque, about 1 minute on each side. Add the wine, increase the heat to high, and boil rapidly until it is reduced by half, about 2 minutes.

Add the reserved pasta water and the noodles, distributing them around and under the fish. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Place in the oven and bake until the fish is cooked through and the pasta has begun to absorb the liquid, 6 to 7 minutes. Remove from the oven and serve at once, directly from the dish. Sprinkle on a few drops of lemon juice, if desired.

Note: Cooking fish with skin and bone attached results in a much better texture and flavour.

Makes 2 servings.