I was thinking about calling this a Thai Coconut Halibut, but really, it was about as authentically Thai as I am! 🙂 (I am of Scottish & Ukrainian decent for the record). Let’s just say it was inspired by the flavours of Thai food and the balance between, sweet, salt, sour and spice that you find in a lot of Thai cooking.
You will need…
- 2 to 4 six ounce Halibut fillets (I had 2)
- Juice of 1 lime
- 1 can of coconut milk
- a bunch of Thai basil, regular basil or cilantro (I used cilantro), chopped
- about 2-4 tbsp of fresh grated ginger. I didn’t measure
- about 1-2 tsp of sesame oil
- about 1-2 tsp (or more depending on how hot you like it) of garlic chili sauce
I wanted to add lemon grass to this marinade as well, but they didn’t have any at the store.
Combine all the ingredients in a big bowl…
Then in a plastic freezer bag, add the fish and marinade and gently smush it all around and put in the fridge for a few hours. I think I had mine in the fridge for about 6 hours.
I then lit the Large Egg and did a hybrid raised grid/indirect setup. You see I have a broken plate setter that I never threw out and saved for just this occasion. Big Green Egg sells a half moon stone that would accomplish the same thing, but I figured a broken plate setter would work.
I put the regular grid on the Egg first, then at the back I put the broken 2/3s of my plate setter, legs facing up, then on top of that I put my home made raised grid.
The idea here was to cook the pineapple direct but raised grid and to cook the fish indirectly, which I placed on the raised grid but above the plate setter.
This actually worked perfectly!!! If you don’t have a broken plate setter, the half moon stone might be a good investment.
I plated it up with a Chilled Thai Noodle Salad that I found on The Fig Tree, a fantastic local vegetarian cooking blog I came across recently.
In the end, the fish and the salad both turned out pretty good… I think I could have used a bit more chili sauce and a bit more sesame oil in both, but you never know with those things and don’t want to over power them on a first try.