Halibut with Mango Salsa on a Hot Summer Night

It finally feels like summer!  Days are warm and evenings cool down little, so I hate to add to the heat in the house making dinner.   It limits your options for cooking and I look more to the barbecue to get the job done.

Halibut with Mango Salsa

Yesterday morning I was pondering the dinner dilemma, like I often do, with no inspiration and thought "fish"... easy to thaw... quick to cook... and a healthy choice.  Winner!  I pulled out some halibut friends had given us from a fishing trip to the west coast and started thinking about what to do with it.  I spied the mangoes sitting on the counter and voila, dinner was decided upon!  This is how meals often come about in our house.

Halibut is a drier fish which is complimented by a condiment and mango salsa is a great pairing!   Here's what I did:

Mango Salsa

  • 3 ripe Altulfo mangoes (finely cubed)
  • 1/4 white or red onion (mild onions are key), finely chopped
  • pinch of chipotle chili pepper
  • fresh cilantro (to your taste) 

Combine and allow to rest.  Season halibut with salt, pepper and chipotle chili pepper. Grill, being careful not to overcook as it will be even drier!  Serve with a couple of sides.  In this case, a simple salad and steamed green beans.  Simple, but delicious!  

Do you plan meals ahead of time or spur of the moment?