Chef and Cookbook Thursday: Cardamom Rubbed Smoked Halibut In Composed Salad

Update and Redux: J – I had forgotten just how amazing this dish was. It exemplifies what you get with a chef on your team … unexpected pairings and spices, elegant plating and delicious food. Thanks, Luke.

J – This salad wins on every level …

pretty, rich, tasty, amazing. Luke and I didn’t know we were going here when we started. We smoked the halibut the day before. We had to stop ourselves from eating it all right there, right now.

Never had halibut like that before! Wow! You need some.

Now, what to do?

First, smoke some halibut. It’s not hard.

Simple planning and attention to temperature gets you through.

Next day, we got together and experimented.

I wanted color … purple sweet potatoes.

Luke wanted flavor and elegance.

Bistro-style is our go-to.

A bit of blanching. A bit of slicing. A bit of assembly.

Smoke Week: Cardamom-Rubbed Smoked Halibut in a Composed Salad
Recipe type: Salads
Prep time: 30 mins
Total time: 30 mins
Serves: 2
Smoked Halibut
  • 1 cardamon pod broken and skin removed
  • ½ pound halibut
  • ½ Tbsp salt
  • ½ Tbsp sugar
Tarragon Vinaigrette
  • ¼ cup canola oil
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 1 tsp fresh tarragon, chopped
  • ½ shallot, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Composed Salad
  • Smoked halibut, see above
  • Tarragon vinaigrette, see sbove
  • 10 pods haricot verte, blanched
  • 1 small handful, Japanese mizuna greens
  • 1 poached purple sweet potato, peeled and sliced
  • 2 eggs, poached
  • 4 sour dough toast points
Smoked Halibut
  1. Place cardamon in a mortar and pestle. Grind until fine.
  2. Add salt and sugar and grind until fine.
  3. Sprinkle to cover the meat but not the skin.
  4. Let sit for 30 minutes, skin side up so all the juices of the fish are drawn out.
  5. Place on aluminum foil, skin side down and smoke for 30 minutes or until the fish is fully cooked. Fish should not be too soft or too firm but right in the middle.
Tarragon Vinaigrette
  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl, except oil
  2. Drizzle in oil as you whisk to emulsify
  3. Set aside
Composed Salad
  1. Assemble ingredients artfully … you are the artist.
  2. Serve poached egg in a small bowl on the plate
  3. Drizzle vinaigrette over top of salad elements
  4. Just before serving/eating, break egg yolk and drizzle over top
  5. Serve immediately
  6. Enjoy!



Please enjoy!