Halibut in a Basil and Tomato Sauce over Polenta

I invented this recipe a few days with halibut fresh basil and a tomato based sauce and served it over polenta. It was so fresh and tasty I highly recommend it and what's more super easy to make. The evening I made it my friend was visiting with her one year old and it was her first taste of fish she loved it, polenta is also wonderful for little ones. The next day I went to their home and cooked cod in a Parsley sauce for her!!


  • 2 halibut steaks, I get mine from whole foods, wild caught Alaskan frozen
  • one can of chopped tomato 
  • about a cup of chopped fresh basil
  • some Italian herbs
  • 3 cloves of chopped garlic
  • one chopped zucchini and one yellow squash (cut Julienne style)
  • about a cup of polenta 
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 a red onion finely chopped
  • a drizzle of balsamic vinegar

  1. heat a little olive oil and saute the onions and garlic with squash and zucchini for 5 minutes then remove from heavy bottomed pan (I used a Le Creuset)
  2. then pan sear the halibut with herbs on each side, add the onions and vegetables back in with a can of tomatoes and fresh basil and simmer for 20 minutes
  3. serve over polenta, boil water and slowly stir in the polenta to desired consistency I like it like mashed potato - takes only 5 minutes!
  4. enjoy!

Have a wonderful 4th of July weekend, I think I may check out the festivals in Old Salem :-)

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  1. Oooh this looks fabulous Rebecca! I'm going to have to try this...perfect summer dish!

  2. ahhhhh..so colorful dish dear...very eyecatchy dish as usual..u r making me droooooool....super delicious

  3. You make some of the best fish recipes Rebecca! I love this over polenta!

  4. Gosh, I just received two fresh halibut and need recipes so this is terrific! Yummers Rebecca!

  5. Mmmm...I still need to try polenta. hehehe...

    Happy 4th!!

  6. Catherine oh thanks so much
    Sanyukta oh thanks very sweet of you
    Adventures in domestic cooking thanks
    Reeni thanks so much
    Trish sounds like perfect timing
    magic of spice thanks
    Jenn looking forward to seeing polenta on your blog lol

  7. I love throwing simple fresh flavors like this over polenta! Great dish.

  8. Oooh. This looks delicious! I've gotta score some halibut soon. Love the flavors here.

  9. This looks pretty fabulous. Lots of color and flavor.

  10. Great invention, Rebecca! It's like one served in a Italian restaurant :)

  11. Rebecca, this looks and sounds terrific! Love the combination of halibut and basil!

  12. You may or may not know this, but...we love polenta! It's so creamy and comforting, and of course, it pairs well with almost anything.

  13. This is such an easy yet healthy dish. I love halibut and am more than thrilled to learn new ways to make good use of this fish.

  14. Great invention Rebecca. It is healthy and hearty at the same time.

  15. Beautiful dish and a great flavor combination too.

    BTW--I got my tea today. Thanks so much for sending it. I am looking forward to trying it!

  16. Fabulous and so elegant.
    Wishing you a great weekend ♥

  17. I love me some polenta - this looks so inviting I could eat it for breakfast - RIGHT NOW!

  18. Lovely haibut Rebecca. Tomatoes and basil are a match made in heaven.

  19. Halibut is a favorite in our house! I love the polenta idea, a great combination of colors and fresh flavors!

  20. Oh that looks gorgeous. I have some polenta in my fridge that's been sitting there for ages. Thanks for the inspiration!

  21. WOW Rebecca! This looks so pretty and sounds healthy too.

  22. Hmmm...I have tilapia and polenta in the fridge. I'll have to try this out tonight. Looks delish!

  23. Joanne oh thanks so much
    Krista hope you try it
    Sushma thanks
    Mimi oh thanks and happy one year
    the lacquer spoon thanks
    Angie thanks means alot to me
    the duo dishes aw thanks oh me too
    Xiao Yen thanks enjoy
    3 hungry tummies thanks
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  24. This looks delicious. I love the flavors you have used in this dish, and what a great idea to serve it over polenta which I love:)

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and for following.

  25. Fantastic. It looks delicious and vibrant. My British friend wished me a "Happy Expulsion Day", so I pass that on to you! Have a great Holiday weekend!

  26. That looks superb. Tomatoes and basil will never go out of fashion!

  27. Wow! That looks so good in a restaraunt style.

  28. Okay, one day when I visit you, there will be no excuse "Oh I am not a good cook E" like I hear from people- cause this is freakin making me drool!

    Hubby traveling has made me a lazy cook- my family has gone to India, so I am eating 300 calorie meals four times a day- want this!

  29. Gorgeous summer dish Rebecca. If anything has tomatoes and basil, I am so there! have a grand weekend.

  30. I always loved fish. And this dish with polenta, lovely. Thank you for sharing.

  31. Raina thanks and my pleasure - Rebecca
    Doc he he like it same to you
    kitchen butterfly oh so true have a lovely weekend
    um mymoonah thanks so much and thanks for stopping by
    E will make it for you when u visit!
    Claudia thanks so much the same to u
    Madin just seen your recipe snap looks great

  32. This is a lovely dish. Happy Independence day to you!

  33. This is a lovely dish. Happy Independence day to you!

  34. Basil and tomato sauce always go so well together. The halibut sounds really good. One of my favorite fish, for sure!

  35. This looks wonderful, Rebecca! Everything is better with polenta...whether is is soft or firm.

  36. Wow! This looks so delicious! I will have to give it a try.

  37. Hi Rebecca

    what a beautiful presentation! Halibut has always been one of my favorite fish, and on that bed of polenta it looks spectactular!

    thanks so much for sharing

  38. Sonia he he I am a Brit Independence from my Nation
    Sook thanks oh I love it as well
    Barbara oh i need to make a firm version next
    crazy about cakes thanks so much
    Chef Dennis thanks so so much

  39. A very satisfying fish platter :D

  40. Hi, thank you for your great post. I really appreciate the efforts you have put in your blog .It is interesting and helpful. Good luck with it!!!

  41. The halibut on a bed of polenta sounds delicious. Great dish.

  42. You're so lucky to have a nice piece of halibut like that. This looks so nice on the creamy polenta!

  43. buy british food thanks for stopping
    simply life thanks
    Diana thanks
    Lyndsey thanks got it at whole foods

  44. That looks so good,this is a perfect dish!!!

  45. I'm in heaven right now reading this recipe and looking at your photo.....halibut, basil and tomato sauce, polenta....pure bliss! Roz

  46. Germa online wines thanks
    Bella thanks it means the World to me that you like it

  47. This looks lovely and so simple. I love the idea of serving it over polenta, which, in my mind, is often a "forgotten" side dish. I have been making a fair amount of polenta lately and my kids also really enjoy it.


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