"What? Boiled halibut? You've got to be kidding me!" I exclaim. "No, it's really good and it tastes just like lobster if you do it right." say's someone in the teacher's lounge last year. When it comes to cooking, I'm game for anything. Since I have an abundant supply of halibut, I felt it would be okay to sacrifice one of my 1 lb. packages to test this recipe out. She was right! Jim and I both loved it. Now when I cook halibut I take out an extra package to prepare this "Poor Man's Lobster." Not a poor man at all if you know what halibut costs even in Alaska.
This recipe is so incredibly simple that even the most amateur of amateur cooks could master this dish with the most minimal ingredients in the kitchen.
What you need:
5 cups Water
1/4 cup Salt
1/2 cup Sugar
3 TBSP Lemon juice (yes, you can use bottled)
2 TBSP Butter
Halibut (1-2-3 lbs....you decide. How many are you feeding and how are you serving it?)
Optional: Melted butter with chopped rosemary OR garlic salt to taste---or both
Wow....how easy is that?
1. Skin halibut and cut into desired chunks....maybe 2" squares and set aside.
2. Measure water salt, sugar, lemon juice and butter into a sauce pot and bring to a boil.
3. Add halibut chunks to boiling water. As they begin to float to the surface they are DONE. Do NOT overcook.
4. Remove the almost "floaters" to a paper towel to drain.
5. Optional: Toss drained "lobster" in rosemary/garlic salt butter
6. Serve this with a salad (even prepackaged) and you are an instant hit.