Lettuce-wrapped Halibut with Spinach Salsa Verde
Recipe type: Main
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Serves: 3-4
Quickly steamed and full of flavor these halibut packets combine the elegance of a lettuce wrap and punch of a healthy spinach salsa verde.
  • 1 ½ -2 lbs fresh Halibut, ¾”-1” thick
  • 2 heads Romaine Lettuce
  • ½ teaspoon Liquid Smoke
  • ⅓ cup Sake
  • Water
Spinach Salsa Verde
  • 2 cups fresh baby Spinach, rough chopped
  • 1 ⅓ cups cooked Tomatillos
  • 1 8 oz can mild diced Ortega chilis
  • 1 medium fresh Jalepeño chili
  • Zest and juice of 1 fresh Lime
  • 1 minced Shallot
  • ½ cup fresh Cilantro
  • Pinch Sea Salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground Cayenne Pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon ground Cumin
  1. You will need a steamer rack to steam the fish packets.
  2. Clean the large outside lettuce leaves, trim out the center rib just where it begins to thin to the thick bottom in a V cut. You will need at least 1 large leaf for each fish piece, perhaps two.
  3. Blanch lettuce leaves in boiling water for about 30 seconds, this will just soften them for wrapping.
  4. Remove from hot water, place in a cold ice bath to stop the cooking and then dry on paper towels until you are ready to wrap.
  1. Prepare salsa ahead of time to allow flavors to blend together. Just add ingredients into the bowl of a food processor and run for 30 seconds to blend to a thick consistency. Pulse a few times more until it suits you. Chill.
  2. Cut fish into 1” x 2” chunks (approximately) You could do larger pieces but you will need to layer your lettuce leaves to cover fully.
  3. Lay each fish piece on the bottom of the lettuce leaves (push the open gap from the rib removal together.
  4. Sprinkle the fish with a bit of Sea Salt and add a teaspoon of the Spinach Salsa.
  5. Fold the sides in then roll up finishing with the top of the leaf.
  6. Add the Sake and Liquid Smoke to the boiling water in your steamer, place your steamer rack over water and layer the fish pieces, lettuce seam down. Steam for 10 minutes.
  7. Remove from steamer and serve with additional Spinach Salsa Verde.
Recipe by What about the food? at https://whataboutthefood.com/lettuce-wrapped-halibut-with-spinach-salsa-verde/