Saturday, May 28, 2011

Potato Crusted Halibut

A few weeks ago Dana from DANA TREAT - treat yourself (if you’re not familiar, awesome Seattle blogger with fabulous dessert and vegetarian recipes) wrote about both Guy Fieri and pedestrian (low-brow) tastes in two separate posts. It got me thinking about all the “pedestrian” things I consume. I love fine food at home and when we eat out, but I’m also a sucker for things like Costco hot dogs, grilled peanut butter and jelly sandwiches with a side of French fries, mac and cheese from a box and Samoas Girl Scout Cookies.

When I saw this recipe for Potato Crusted Halibut, which just happens to be a Guy Fieri recipe, with the crust being made from tater tots I was sold! I’ve never made a Guy recipe before and a lot of people wouldn’t dream of coating a beautiful piece of halibut with tater tots, but I thought is sounded delicious.

The combo of Asian flavors with tater tots is kind of odd, and I don’t think Curtis was sold on the final product (evidence by him eating his fish, but not much of the crust). But I love hoisin sauce and the combo of salty and sweet flavors and I really enjoyed this dish . But if Asian meets potato is not your thing, I think you could mix the tots with herbs or really any combination of flavors, to get a nice “potato” crust.

I was working with HUGE pieces of halibut so after following the pan fry directions, I finished the fish off in the oven at 300 degrees for about 5 minutes. The fish was cooked perfectly! I used leftovers the following day to make halibut sandwiches.

What’s your favorite guilty food pleasure?

Potato Crusted Hoisin Halibut
Guy Fieri
Serves 4

• 2 pounds halibut (whole fillet), cut into 4 equal pieces
• 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
• 1/4 cup light soy sauce
• 1/4 cup white wine
• 2 cups shredded potato nuggets, defrosted (recommended: Tater Tots)
• 1 cup panko bread crumbs
• 1/2 cup hoisin sauce
• 1/4 cup oyster sauce
• 1/4 cup soy sauce
• 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
• 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
• 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
• 4 tablespoons canola oil
• 3 tablespoons sesame seeds, toasted
• 1/2 cup chopped green onions


Preheat oven to 200 degrees F.

Cut halibut in 4 equal pieces. In a mixing bowl, combine ginger, light soy sauce, white wine, and pepper in mixing bowl. Add fish to bowl and let marinate for about 20 to 30 minutes.

Defrost potato nuggets; add panko, hoisin, oyster sauce, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, and sesame oil. Mix together thoroughly and divide into 4 equal amounts.

Heat a medium nonstick saute pan to low and add 2 tablespoons of oil.

Remove fish from marinade, shake off excess marinade, and dredge in flour on both sides.

Apply 1/4 of potato mixture to fish; press the mixture onto the top of the fish.
Add fish potato-side-down to saute pan; cook 2 portions at a time. Cook until potato mixture is lightly browned and crispy. Gently turn the fish over; cook the other side for 2 minutes. When finished, remove, place on a baking sheet and hold in the oven until the next two fillets are cooked. Repeat the process for the next two fillets.

Garnish with sesame seeds and green onions.


  1. Chips! I freaking love them and never buy them because I could eat chips for days. I am particularly addicted to flaming hot cheetos. Nothing that color that can stain your fingers that bad can be good for you but damn do they taste delish.

  2. Right now -- my son's goldfish crackers. ;)This looks good with the crispy crust! I'm going to check out Dana's blog for some ideas.

  3. Speaking of tater tots... a few months ago, the hubby and I topped some tots w/ home made chilli and pepperjack cheese... Don't try it if you don't want to become addicted!! SO GOOD. Funny - I'm making chilli tonight! UH OH!

    :) Looks really yummy! I love halibut! Thanks for the new blog suggestion!

  4. Currently root beer, fruit salad and chocolate. Not necessarily together, but its a struggle to stay away from all that sugar.

  5. You know, this is actually an awesome way to get some picky kids to eat more fish. I love this idea...its so fun as well as delicious. My guilty pleasure is diet coke now and then and cheeto puffs. I need to have those taken away at times, so I tend to not buy them anymore!

  6. I love your honesty. There is no need to be pretentious to be a good cook! I have to admit, I can be a sucker for queso (out of the jar). Sometimes that processed cheese just tastes damn good!