Spice-crusted Halibut over Mixed Bean, Fennel and Orange Salad: Seasonal Chef Recipe


A pot of home cooked beans can be used in a variety of ways. Try combining them with citrus and fennel to create a perfect foil for your fish filet that cooks in a snap. Click this link to read more about dry beans from our Seasonal Chef.

Spice-crusted Halibut over Mixed Bean, Fennel and Orange Salad

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: Serves 2

This quick citrus salad makes the perfect bed for a dense fish filet, or even a chicken breast.


  • Spice Rub:
  • 1/2 teaspoon mild chili
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground fennel
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • Pinch of cayenne, optional
  • Mild oil, I used avocado oil
  • 2 - 5 oz filets of halibut
  • Kosher salt
  • Ground black pepper
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  • Dressing
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup mild oil, I used avocado oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon grainy dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon orange zest
  • -
  • 2 cups mixed cooked beans
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced fennel
  • 1/2 cup orange segments
  • Fennel fronds, garnish
  • Chives sliced, garnish


  1. In a small bowl mix the spices. Brush the filets with a little oil and season with a salt and pepper. Sprinkle with the spice mix on the top side and set aside.
  2. In a small jar with a lid mix the dressing ingredients until fully blended. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. In a large bowl toss the beans, fennel and oranges. Drizzle the dressing over and combine. Add a little fennel frond and chives. Set aside.
  4. Place a non-stick pan over medium heat and drizzle with a little oil. Sear the fish on the spice side first, for 4 minutes, then turn over and finish cooking.
  5. While the fish cooks plate the salad and place the finished filet over it. Garnish with additional fennel fronds and chives.


About Author

Seasonal Chef blogger Maria Reina comes to the world of food as a third career, spending a great portion of her adult life in the field of Human Resources. With her private company Bella Cucina Maria she is a personal chef, caterer and recreational cooking class teacher in Westchester. She's an avid food television watcher and cookbook collector, always looking for a new take on a traditional dish. In her free time she loves hanging out at local farmer's markets, chatting it up with the farmers and doing cooking demos with their seasonal ingredients. In addition to her blog, which is loaded with easy recipes, you can follow her on Facebook (Bella Cucina Maria), Twitter (Bellacucinam), Instagram (Bellacucinam) and Pinterest (Bellacucinam).

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