Served with a side of Red Cabbage Salad (check the recipe index page!)


They had fresh and wild Halibut at my local grocery store this weekend, so I was very happy.  As soon as I read “In Defense of Food” I was convinced never to eat farmed fish again…always choose fish that is wild, never farmed.  Much like cows, nature didn’t intend for fish to eat soy/corn, poultry litter, and hydrolyzed chicken feathers. As a result, farmed fish is lower in vitamin D and higher in contaminants, including carcinogens, PCBs, brominated flame retardants, and pesticides such as dioxin and DDT.   They also have a lower ratio of Omega 3:6.  Next time you’re at the grocery store, take a look at the colour of the farmed salmon vs wild….it’s a bit disturbing!  I was excited that the Halibut was fresh because we usually only have access to previously frozen fish (i don’t live near an ocean).  This recipe was easy and a creative way to serve up fish  – especially if you’re not really keen on the taste of plain fish.  The marinade is modified from one I found on the Food Network.

Ingredients (serves 2):
– 2 pieces of halibut – or any white flaky fish, like Mahi Mahi
– 1/2 head of iceberg lettuce – leaves separated
–  2 Tbsp Olive Oil
– juice of 1 lime
–  2 Tbsp cilantro – chopped
– 2 tsp chili powder
– 1 jalapeno pepper – chopped 
– 1 tomato or 10 cherry tomatoes – chopped
– 4 green onions – chopped
– guacamole 


  1. In a small bowl mix olive oil, cilantro, chili powder, jalapeno and lime juice.  Pour over fish and marinate for about 20 minutes or more.
  2. You can either grill the fish or pan fry it – leave the marinate on the fish while you cook it.  I pan-fried it in about 1 Tbsp of olive oil – about 5 min per side or until the fish is flaky (might be less depending on how thick your piece is).  
  3. While the fish is cooking, mix together the chopped tomato and green onion.
  4. Once fish is finished cooking, flake it apart.  Put the fish into the lettuce wraps and top with tomato/onion mixture and some guacamole.
  5. Enjoy!

Semi-Primal Husband didn’t eat this meal with me, so he doesn’t have a testimonial.  It was delicious!