Halibut with Spicy Pineapple Broth and Pineapple Cucumber Relish: Fiesta Friday #21

Halibut in Spicy Pineapple Broth and Pineapple Cucumber Relish

Halibut in Spicy Pineapple Broth and Pineapple Cucumber Relish

It’s Friday and you all know what that means! Yup – it’s time to party!! So, strap on your dancing shoes, grab what you’re sharing,  (food, drink, music, poetry) and come on in! Tonight our dear friend, Angie of The Novice Gardener, mastermind of Fiesta Friday has invited me, and my lovely friend, Elaine of Foodbod to co-host this rowdy bunch of partiers! I am super excited to be co-hosting with Elaine! She really knows her way around the food world. She is a consultant for a food manufacturer and she just started her own business making the most mouth-watering dips you have ever tasted! Not only that, she is a really nice person and she loves dogs! Ask her if she has a picture of Bob in her wallet! I bet she does! If you don’t know Angie yet, I suggest you head over to her blog and check it out. She is a talented chef, an artist and a welcoming spirit and believe it or not, this is the second time she has asked Elaine and me to co-host, so she is also a trusting soul! Thanks, Angie! Now, since Elaine and I have been around the block (so to speak) we know what’s up! We might just know some juicy bits of gossip;  where Angie has hidden the “special” round of martinis, or quite simply where to get a clean plate and fork! Whatever you need, we are here to help you! So please feel free to contact me, Elaine or Angie if you have any questions at all.

For any of you who are completely new to Fiesta Friday, we welcome you! Joining this virtual party is a wonderful way to meet new blogger friends and to gain exposure and views. I suggest that you read these guidelines to get an overview of how the party works. Just be sure to link your post to Angie’s blog, as well as mine, or Elaine’s so that we know you have arrived. All you have to do is click on the button below. Happy Fiesta Friday!



Tonight I am bringing you a zesty halibut dish. My husband picked up these juicy fillets and I just couldn’t resist trying out this new recipe and pairing it with Spicy Pineapple Rice from my last post. I think that after salmon, halibut is my favourite fish. The flavour is very gentle, so it pairs nicely with various fruit salsas. In the past, I have served it with mango salsa. This combination sent my dinner guests swooning, so I thought that I would try pineapple salsa and it is every bit as nice. The trick to serving this dish is to have everything ready, so that when the fish comes out of the oven, the broth is warm and the salsa is prepared. Then you can just plate the food while everything is warm. I found this dish in the Summer 2014 issue of Taste Magazine. I have made a few modifications. I hope you enjoy it.

Pineapple Cucumber Relish

Pineapple Cucumber Relish

Halibut with Spicy Pineapple Broth and Pineapple Cucumber Relish

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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4 x 6 ounce halibut fillets, skin on

1 tablespoon coconut oil or olive oil

2 Thai red chili peppers

2 cups pineapple juice

6 baby bok choy, quartered

Pineapple Cucumber Relish (make ahead):

½ cup cucumber, seeded and diced

½ cup fresh pineapple, diced

3 tablespoons red bell pepper, diced

1 tablespoon each, fresh chives, mint and cilantro, finely chopped

1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

½ teaspoon lime zest

1 teaspoon Asian fish sauce

freshly ground black pepper, to taste


Preheat oven to 400°F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

In a large skillet, heat coconut oil over medium-high heat.

Liberally season halibut fillets with salt and pepper. Add the fillets to the frying pan and sear each side 3 – 4 minutes. Transfer to the prepared baking sheet, skinless side up.

Bake 10 – 12 minutes (depending on the thickness of the fish) or until the fillet flakes easily with a fork.

Slice chili pepper in half lengthwise. Place in a small saucepan with the pineapple juice and a pinch of salt. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally. Once at a boil, remove saucepan from the heat and strain. Pour the broth back into the pot.

Place the baby bok choy in the saucepan with the pineapple broth and allow it to wilt for a few minutes.

To serve, ladle ½ cup pineapple broth into the bottom of each serving bowl. Divide bok choy among the bowls and top each one with a piece of the halibut.

Spoon some Pineapple Cucumber Relish over top and serve immediately.

To make Pineapple Cucumber Relish, simply stir all ingredients together in a small bowl and place in refrigerator until ready to use.

I suggest that you serve this with Spicy Pineapple Rice from my last post, or with steamed white Basmati rice. Enjoy!





91 Responses to “Halibut with Spicy Pineapple Broth and Pineapple Cucumber Relish: Fiesta Friday #21”

  1. Elaine @ foodbod

    Ah, lovely Julianna, thank you for your wonderful words….and no, I don’t have a photo of Bob in my wallet…I have hundreds in my phone!!!! Happy to bore anyone with them any time of the day and night!! 😉
    I’m looking forward to hosting the party with you and love the freshness of your dish, the colours alone are wonderful xx

  2. Fae's Twist & Tango

    Dear Julianna & Elaine, Thank you very much for hosting Fiesta Friday #20.
    Fabulous intro, Julianna! This is one decadent halibut dish and yes of course the pineapple rice. 😛 You never disappoint and always present a post with substance. xx

    • chefjulianna

      Thanks so much for the very lovely comment, Fae! Well, I’m happy that Angie invited me back for a second time! Phew! I’m really glad that you like this halibut dish. I think it is perfect for summer and for the hot weather that some of our blogger friends are already experiencing. Enjoy the party and let me know if there is anything I can get you! 🙂

  3. petra08

    So great to hear that you are co hosting Fiesta Friday 🙂
    What a beautiful recipe! I love the sound of halibut, the pineapple and the heat from the chiles! I must give this a go, after your apple and cheese bakes! It sounds delicious!

    • chefjulianna

      And congrats on being featured, Petra! Funny huh, but I thought of you when I was making this dish. For some reason it seemed like something that you would enjoy. It really is a wonderful dish! Hope you can get a chance to try it while halibut is in season. See you at FF! 🙂

      • petra08

        Oh as soon as the kitchen is up and running this will be on the top of my list! I could taste the delicious flavors when reading it, yum!! 🙂

  4. frugalfeeding

    Oh wow, what an interesting dish – halibut is such a great fish too. Usually a little beyond what I like to spend, but worth it when I do!

    • chefjulianna

      Oh, I agree! I find that I don’t like to spend so much on fish either, but it really is worth it and becomes a real treat when we do have it!

  5. lapetitepaniere

    Your recipe is fantastic, summer, summer is here Julianna:) It’s so nice to see you again co-hosting Fiesta Friday, enjoy the party 😀

  6. Jhuls

    My mouth literally watered while I was reading JUST THE TITLE, Chef Julianna. This is so gorgeous and you know that Iike sweet dishes, right? 😀 Thank you for bringing this and thank you for co-hosting. 🙂 Happy FF to you and enjoy! ❤

  7. Selma's Table

    Lovely to have you and Elaine as co-hosts again Julianna and what a beautiful dish you have brought with you too. That pineapple relish is calling me and I many need a second helping! Thank you so much for hosting!

  8. simplyvegetarian777

    The preparation of fish is absolutely fantastic. If only I ate it but a great idea to incorporate in veg versions. That relish is my kind.
    Congrats on co hosting the event.

  9. spiceinthecity

    OMG, that looks so good Julianna! Love the description & the presentation! Looks like it came out of a posh restaurant! Yummm…

  10. Ngan R.

    Oh wow, you really make your pineapple go a long ways, Julianna! Such unique dishes and condiments. The pineapple cucumber relish looks like a perfect pairing with halibut, I have to make this! Thanks for co-hosting, and I promise I won’t get into trouble (well, not too much).

    • chefjulianna

      Well, I don’t know, Ngan! With you on bar, surrounded by Russian Mules, that opens the door for some trouble! Phew, it’s hot in here…I sure wish Angie would turn up the AC…oh well, I’ll have another Mule – got to keep cool somehow! Care to join me?

  11. Loretta

    Ooo lovely Juliana, I don’t find too many fish dishes on Fiesta Fridays, (I did post one last week), so I’m happy to see another. I love all types of fish, and yours certainly sounds like a treat, good enough to entertain with too. I like the bok choy that you added too, it gives it a lovely contrast. Oh…..and thanks for hosting FF #21.

    • chefjulianna

      My pleasure to co-host! Yes, fish is awesome to entertain with, don’t you think? So quick to prepare and yet can be so elegant!

  12. Stephanie @ The Cozy Cook

    You are QUITE the host Julianna and this dish looks incredible, and PERFECT for summer. I’ve seen a lot of great summer dishes this Fiesta Friday. I was looking at recipes today and found one for roast pork that looked soooo good but then I realized “wait, that’s not very summery”… maybe I could take your lead and add something else to it like you did with the pineapple and BOOM- summertime 🙂 Thanks for hosting!! ….now ahem, where are those martinis? 🙂

    • chefjulianna

      Oh, the martinis are at the bar with Ngan at the helm! One small bribe and she’ll pour you a double! 😉 Hey why don’t you do something with pork and pineapple? They go great together and it’s pretty summery!

  13. Butter, Basil and Breadcrumbs

    Oh yeah, this party is in great hands with you and Elaine, Julianna! I’m so excited for you, and for us, because I know that you’ll be making this one extra special! And wow… would you look at this halibut? This is absolutely gorgeous. I mean… pure sophistication. I’m loving the pineapple paired with the fish. That’s a beautiful thing.. Thank you so much for co-hosting…and sharing this beautiful recipe with us! ❤

    • chefjulianna

      Hey Prudy! You are so sweet! I am very excited to co-host with Elaine – the FF are just so much fun and over-the-top talented! Really glad that you like this recipe. I was really happy with the appearance and taste. I would make it again for sure! Enjoy the party! 😀

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  15. Kaila511

    Oh my goodness, this dish is so beautiful! The presentation is great, and what a fabulous way to celebrate the beginning of summer. Hope you have a wonderful weekend! 🙂

  16. skd

    A very amazing dish you have here. Since I am vegan today, I hope its OK to pack some for tomorrow, especially your relish 😋

  17. saucygander

    Oh my! This sounds incredible! I really must try this when the weather warms up down here, we’ve loved spicy mango pairings and pineapple sounds every bit as good! 😀

    • chefjulianna

      Right, you’re in the southern hemisphere! But, soon enough, you will have warm weather again and then you can try all of the lovely summery recipes that the FF gang brought tonight! Mmm, so many great recipes for ice-cream and salads! 😀

  18. Sinfully Tempting

    Julianna, thank you for co-hosting this week’s FF! Your recipe (and the photos) are incredible, I can almost taste it already! 🙂

    • chefjulianna

      It is my pleasure to be a co-host!! It’s so nice to give Angie a hand, managing this growing fiesta! So glad you like the recipe! 🙂

  19. Ayesha

    that’s such a beautiful and warm treat for our fiesta!! I’m so glad you bought it… Pineapple is one of my favorite fruits and you’ve paired it awesomely!! ❤

  20. catherinecuisine

    Nice relish! I love eating fish with fresh fruit salsa (or relish)… If I have time this weekend, I will try a strawberry salsa 🙂

    • chefjulianna

      Thanks Catherine! Oh, strawberry salsa sounds so wonderful! They are just coming into season right now and they look so delicious! 😀

    • chefjulianna

      Hey Noony! Yes, my husband is in charge of choosing and cutting up the fish and he always makes very healthy portions! 😀

  21. Mac McPherson

    Inspired. My wife gave me some Halibut to cook for her tea tonight. I’m not a fish person so I was going to do a quick and easy poach but I’ll give this a try along with my sous chef Rachel


    • chefjulianna

      Hey Mac, I hope you like the recipe. It is amazingly simple to prepare and so very different and tasty. Let me know what you think! 🙂

  22. Liz

    The fish looks very delicious and the addition of pineapple cucumber relish on the side makes it even more appealing. Thanks so much for sharing such a unique recipe. Have a great week!


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