So, my husband and I invited some friends over for dinner the other night and one of our guests has a very limited diet: fish, vegetables and vodka martinis. The cocktail part was easy so I just had to come up with a menu that was clean and healthy and full of flavor but I didn’t want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen. Roasted Halibut and Vegetables with Mango Salsa was the perfect solution because I could marinate the fish and vegetables for 10 minutes then pop it all onto a baking sheet, cook for 15 minutes and was done – easy as can be.
Halibut is my fish of choice because it’s light and flaky but not fishy at all. If you have any remaining the next day, it heats up well and can be tossed into a corn tortilla with some cabbage and mango salsa.
A note about buying fish:
I suggest locating a fish store to purchase your fish rather than your local market. When I have the time, I will make a special trip to Santa Monica Seafood in Santa Monica, California. The quality of fish is amazing and all of their fish and seafood is extremely fresh. Feel free to use any other firm fish in place of the halibut which is not always available and often quite costly. Cod, turbot, striped bass or salmon would be good alternatives.
By the way…
I did make a martini for my friend but I also served these Vodka Gimlets Two Ways for the more adventurous guests. Needless to say, it was a successful dinner and I was able to enjoy socializing because I wasn’t stuck in the kitchen all night.
The mango salsa
I prepped the salsa earlier in the day and let the flavors come together as they marinated for a couple of hours. This is another one of those sauces/condiments that tastes so great and brings the whole meal together without much fuss at all.
A sauce, condiment that you will want to put on everything!
- 1 large ripe mango
- 1/2 red onion, diced
- 1/2–1 whole jalapeño, minced (depending on the heat you prefer)
- 1/3 cup cilantro, roughly chopped
- Juice from a whole lime
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and stir.
- Let sit for 15 minutes or longer.
- Can be made ahead and refrigerated. Bring to room temperature before serving.
- Category: Condiment
- Method: Mix
- Cuisine: Healthy
Keywords: condiment, mango salsa, salsa, mexican, sauce