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Serves 2

A CookTale

This is an adaptation of a Mark Bittman New York Times article. He cleverly replaced Skate, which is not easily available, with Halibut and the result was brilliant. What makes MB remarkable is the simplicity with which he “Cooks Everything”. For Fish lovers, this will make a great addition to your recipe file and a splendid dinner on your table.


3 to 4 TB of Butter or EVOO
12 ounces of Halibut (sliced in half)
1/2 cup of Vermouth or White Wine
3 TB of Capers with their Vinegar
Sea Salt & Black Pepper
Lemon Juice to taste


1. Heat the oven to 200 degrees. In an 8- or 10-inch skillet, heat 3 TB of the oil or butter (enough to film the bottom of the pan nicely) over medium-high heat.

2. Add the Fish & cook, undisturbed, adjusting the heat so it really sizzles. Check after 4 or 5 minutes; it should be nicely browned. Season it, turn, season it again & cook another 3 minutes or so, until a thin-bladed knife meets little resistance.

3. Put the fish on a plate, with the more beautiful side up. Put the plate in the oven & splash a little more EVOO and/or Butter in the pan, along with the Vermouth or White Wine. When that’s reduced a bit, toss in the Capers and boil until nearly dry.

4. Remove the plates, pour the pan sauce over the fish, squeeze a bit of Lemon juice over them & serve.

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