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Halibut Skewers with Zhoug Sauce

Zhoug Sauce is a Middle Eastern (Yemen) condiment that can be added to really anything. Salads and stews, dipped with bread, or used as a sauce for meat, poultry and fish.

This spicy pesto-like mixture is made from chilli, coriander, garlic and spices. Adding more oil to the spice mixture will change it from a paste (to spread on meat as it cooks), into more of a dressing for salads or drizzled over cooked vegetables.

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Combine all marinade ingredients into a dish, tossing gently to combine. Cover surface with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or up to 4 hours.

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For sauce, add herbs, pepper and garlic to food processor and pulse until finely chopped. With machine running, pour in oil. Once combined, add remaining ingredients. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

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Thread halibut onto water soaked skewers and grill until cooked, about 2 minutes per side. Drizzle cooked skewers with the sauce, or serve it on the side.

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Halibut Skewers with Zhoug Sauce
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Serves: 4
Zhoug Sauce is a Middle Eastern (Yemen) condiment that can be added to really anything. Salads and stews, dipped with bread, or used as a sauce for meat, poultry and fish.
Ingredients
Sauce (makes ¾ cup)
  • 1½ cups cilantro leaves
  • ½ cup Italian parsley
  • 1 large jalapeño pepper, seeded & chopped
  • 1-2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup cold water
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • ¼ tsp ground coriander
  • 2 tsp white wine vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Fish Marinade
  • 1½ halibut fillets, cut into 1" chunks
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • ½ cup red onion, thinly sliced
  • 6 bay leaves
  • ½ tsp dried thyme (or 4 fresh sprigs)
  • 1 lemon, peeled (use vegetable peeler, cutting rind into thin strips)
  • Salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. For marinade, combine all ingredients into a dish, tossing gently to combine. Cover surface with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or up to 4 hours.
  2. For sauce, add herbs, pepper and garlic to food processor and pulse until finely chopped. With machine running, pour in oil. Once combined, add remaining ingredients. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  3. Thread halibut onto water soaked skewers and grill until cooked, about 2 minutes per side.
  4. Drizzle cooked skewers with the sauce, or serve it on the side.

 

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