Halibut with Cilantro Pesto - 3 Guiding Stars
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Richly flavored pesto is the flavor star of this simple fish dish. Earthy walnuts play against vibrant cilantro and tangy lime for a well-rounded experience for your palate that will work well with any firm white fish. Use this as an excuse to try new local fish offered fresh from your fish market.

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Cilantro Pesto:

  • ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 Tbsp. finely chopped walnuts
  • 2 Tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp. lime zest
  • 1 Tbsp. lime juice
  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded and minced (optional)


  • cooking spray
  • 4 (4 oz.) halibut or salmon fillets


  1. Stir together the pesto ingredients.
  2. Preheat broiler or grill to medium and use the cooking spray to coat your rack.
  3. Brush one side of the fish with half the pesto. Place the fish with the pesto side up on the grill rack or in the broiler pan and cook for 4 minutes. Turn the fish and spread with the remaining pesto. Cook until it flakes easily with a fork (4-6 minutes).
Nutritional analysis per serving: Calories 170; Total Fat 8g (10% Daily Value); Saturated Fat 1.5g (7% DV); Trans Fat 0g; Cholesterol 58mg (19% DV); Sodium 125mg (5% DV); Total Carbohydrate 2g (1% DV); Dietary Fiber 0.5g (2% DV); Total Sugars 0g; Includes 0g Added Sugars (0% DV); Protein 23g; Vitamin D 25% DV; Calcium 2% DV; Iron 2% DV; Potassium 10% DV; Selenium 100% DV; Niacin 70% DV; Vitamin B12 50% DV.
Recipe by Guiding Stars at https://guidingstars.com/recipes/halibut-with-cilantro-pesto/
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