Crab-Crusted Pacific Halibut with Bourbon Brown Butter Served with Gingered Cranberry Blue Lake Beans and Sweet Potato Gratin

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A recipe for crab-crusted Pacific halibut with bourbon brown butter served with gingered cranberry blue lake beans and sweet potato gratin. This dinner combines Cajun techniques with available Pacific ingredients and a nod to tastes of the autumnal and winter seasons.

Yield: 4 servings



  • 2 lbs. Pacific halibut filets cut in four pieces
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 lb. lump blue crab meat
  • 2 teaspoon Creole or other coarse-ground dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon minced shallots
  • 1 teaspoon sliced green onion tops
  • 1 tablespoon parsley
  • 5 dashes Crystal hot sauce
  • 1/3 cup fresh breadcrumbs
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 eggs for egg wash
  • 1 cup flour
  • Olive oil


  1. Season halibut to taste with salt and pepper on both sides.In a medium bowl, mix together the crab meat with mustard, garlic, shallots, green onion, parsley, and hot sauce. Mix in breadcrumbs.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk 1 egg until it foams; add the whisked egg to the crab mix and combine thoroughly.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together last 3 eggs to make an egg wash. Put flour in a wide separate bowl. Dredge one side of the halibut through the flour, one piece at a time. Dip the floured side in egg wash and quickly press the crab mix on top into a flat crust.
  4. In a cast iron pan or heavy bottomed skillet over high heat, warm 1/4 inch of olive oil in the pan until it starts to smoke. Carefully place the halibut, one piece at a time, into the pan with the crab side down. Cook on high for one minute; reduce heat to medium high and cook until crispy and brown, another 1 to 2 minutes. Using a spatula, gently turn over the crusted halibut being careful to not lose the crab crust. Return the heat to high and cook for 3 more minutes. Continue with each piece of halibut.
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