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Cumin-Lime Halibut with Rice
with sugar snap pea and radish salad

Active: 35 minTotal: 35 min
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Cilantro lime dressing does double duty in this meal. Mix a bit with butter to melt over fish and use the rest to dress a fresh salad.


Cumin-Lime Halibut:
  • Rice, uncooked white or brown (enough for 2 nights) - 1 1/2 cups
  • Butter - 3 Tbsp
  • Cilantro Lime Dressing (ingredients listed separately) - 1 Tbsp
  • Halibut fillets - 4 (sub any firm white fish)
  • Cumin - 1/4 tsp
  • Lime zest - 1/4 tsp
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
Sugar Snap Pea and Radish Salad:
  • Sugar snap peas - 8 oz (sub snow peas)
  • Radishes - 4, halved and thinly sliced (sub small English cucumbers)
  • Salad greens, any type - 8 oz, leaves torn
  • Cilantro Lime Dressing (ingredients listed separately) - ~5 Tbsp
Cilantro Lime Dressing:
  • Cilantro leaves, tightly packed - 1/2 cup
  • Lime juice - 2 tsp
  • Vinegar, red or white wine - 1 tsp
  • Mustard, Dijon - 2 tsp
  • Honey - 1 tsp
  • Salt - 1/2 tsp
  • Oil, olive - 4 Tbsp

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Serving Size: 1 serving
Servings Per Recipe 4
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  1. Rice - (This makes enough for 2 nights.) For white rice, rinse until clear. Fill a saucepan or Dutch oven (or rice cooker) with rice, water (use 2:1 ratio for water to rice), and some salt. Cover with lid and bring to a boil. Once water boils, stir, lower heat to a low-medium, and cover. Check white rice after ~20 min; brown at ~45 min. Rice is done when it's absorbed all the water. If it's not done, leave the cover on until all water has been absorbed. Take cover off to release steam and fluff with a wooden spoon after 5 minutes. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Make cilantro lime dressing - Combine cilantro (if you don’t have an immersion blender, finely chop cilantro first), lime juice, vinegar, mustard, honey, salt, and olive oil. Blend with an immersion blender until nearly smooth. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  3. Make cilantro-lime butter - Heat butter in the microwave just until melted. Stir in cilantro lime dressing (portion for fish). Refrigerate until ready to use. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  4. Fish - Rinse fish and pat dry. Score the halibut with a knife by slicing through the skin a few times about 1/4" / .6 cm deep (this will help the fish to cook evenly). Season halibut with cumin, lime zest, and some salt.
  5. Snap peas / Radishes / Lettuce - Prep as directed.


  1. Heat a nonstick pan or skillet over medium-high heat. Add cooking oil and then halibut to heated oil. Sear fish on one side until golden brown, ~4 minutes. Flip and cook on the other side until the fish flakes easily, 2 to 4 minutes.
  2. If rice was made ahead, reheat in the microwave (reserve half for Thursday).
  3. Toss together snap peas, radishes, and lettuce. Add cilantro-lime dressing (portion for salad) until dressed to your liking.
  4. Spread cilantro-lime butter over warm fish. Serve fish over rice with salad on the side. Enjoy!

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This meal has 35 reviews

I liked it but fam wasn’t big fan. Used barramundi as that’s what we had.

By: Erica
Posted: Jul 19, 2019
Diet: Original

We could only find frozen halibut, and that was the only flaw here. It was one of the best salads I’ve had!

By: Ginger
Posted: May 09, 2019
Diet: Original

This was delicious and the toddler liked it, too!

By: Caitlin
Posted: May 08, 2019
Diet: Vegetarian

We added some french fries too since I have hungry teens. Halibut had lots of bones so unpopular with kids.

By: Cathleen
Posted: May 08, 2019
Diet: Gluten-free

Good, but I feel like it needed something.

By: Chelsea
Posted: May 04, 2019
Diet: Original

I used bassa instead of halibut, and it for sure needs more seasoning on 2 fillets than the 1/8th of a teaspoon of cumin that is recommended. I would double seasoning in next iterations. Cilantro-lime butter and dressing is delicious though.

By: Sophie
Posted: Apr 30, 2019
Diet: Original