I love Anchorage in the summer, last post's weather gripes aside.
We had fabulous friends over for dinner on Friday (there was an ill-fated clafoutis incident that I won't bother you with here), dinner with a friend of my parents on Saturday, and then walked past a street fair to meet some other friends later that night. On nice days in Anchorage, you run into everyone downtown--forget six degrees of separation, it's more like two.
|A view of Turnagain Arm from|
further up the trail.
By the time we rolled off the mountain dirty and sweaty, I didn't want to do anything too complicated for dinner. Halibut tacos are one of the great Alaskan summer dishes--you can find them on menus around the state while the halibut is fresh, and while some restaurants are stupid enough to deep-fry halibut chunks for the tacos, this broiled version is much tastier and healthier.
I sauteed a small red spring onion and half a jalapeno and mixed them with a can of black beans for a side. Green tomatillo salsa is a perfect complement to the tacos.
Adapted from A Platter of Figs by David Tanis
1 lb. halibut steak or fillet
2 small peperoncino peppers, crushed
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. dried oregano
Extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 head green cabbage, thinly shredded
1 lime, juiced
Small corn or flour tortillas
Kosher salt and fresh-ground black pepper
Lowfat plain yogurt or sour cream
Pat the fish dry and sprinkle with salt and pepper on both sides. Preheat the broiler or, if it's a nice day, prepare your grill and cook the fish outside.
In a small bowl, toss the shredded cabbage with a little salt, then add the lime juice and toss again. Set it aside while you're cooking the fish.
Place the fish on a baking sheet and broil on high for about three minutes on each side. The fish will be done when it flakes into large chunks and is opaque inside.
Serve with warmed tortillas and garnish with the shredded cabbage and other fixings.
Serves 2 with leftovers.