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Course: main course
Total time: under 1 hour
Skill level: Moderate
Cost: Moderate
Yield: Serves 8
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Ingredients

  • 1½ pounds halibut fillet, cut into 1½-inch cubes (about 40 cubes)
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 or 4 fresh mint sprigs
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1½ teaspoons salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 quarts water
  • ½ pound orzo
  • 2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest
  • ½ cup salt-cured black olives, pitted and coarsely chopped
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh mint
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh flat-leaf parsley

Directions

1 To prepare the fish, put the cubed halibut in a bowl and add the lemon zest, lemon juice, olive oil, mint sprigs, salt, and pepper. Turn the cubes to coat them. Cover and refrigerate for 20 to 30 minutes.

2 To prepare the orzo, in a bowl, combine the lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, ½ teaspoon of the salt, and the pepper and stir to mix.

4 Prepare a medium-hot wood or charcoal fire in a grill, or preheat a gas grill or a broiler. Oil the grill rack, if grilling, or ready the broiler tray.

3 In a saucepan, bring the water to a boil over medium-high heat. Add the remaining 1 teaspoon salt and the orzo and cook until al dente, 4 to 5 minutes. Drain well and place in a bowl. Pour the lemon juice combination over the warm orzo and turn to coat. Gently turn in the lemon zest, olives, mint, and parsley. Cover to keep warm.

5 Thread the halibut cubes onto about 8 skewers. Do not pack them too tightly. Place the skewers on the grill rack 5 to 6 inches from the heat source, or in the broiler at about the same distance from the heat, and grill, turning once, for about 5 minutes on each side. The fish should be just opaque at the center. Do not overcook.

6 Remove the fish from the fire and let rest for about 10 minutes. Slide the fish from the skewers. Arrange the orzo on a platter, and top with the fish. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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Nutritional Information

Nutrients per serving

291kcal (15%)
73mg (7%)
8mg (13%)
56mcg RAE (2%)
498mg
94mg
22g
1g
2g
23g
27mg (9%)
775mg (32%)
2g (9%)
12g (19%)
2mg (14%)