Crispy Halibut Orange Ginger Bites, amazingly crispy coating holding succulent halibut with hints of orange and ginger coming through in every bite.
Crispy Halibut Orange Ginger Bites, a great way to start an Asian dinner night, with its delectable citrus and ginger flavors using Gourmet Food Bar's Orange & Ginger Sunshine sea salt, along with the juiciness of the halibut encased in a crispy tempura batter, makes this a dish that will quickly dissipate due to many reaching chopsticks.
[This post is sponsored by Gourmet Food Bar. We were financially compensated, but the opinions are completely our own].
When we were contacted by Gourmet Food Bar, Nicoletta and I were very excited to see what they wanted to promote as far as their latest products. Flavored sea salts among one of many spices offered. The sea salts come in various flavors: Cool Chili Lime, Fiery Chipotle, Lemon Basil Twist, Metro Espresso, Orange & Ginger Sunshine, Smooth Vanilla Bean, and Teary Onion. My mind was going a mile a minute thinking of these salts, and sweet or savory ideas, from scones to spiced cakes, and Mexican tacos to Asian fair. After much deliberation and thought, one idea stuck with me strongly, and I envisioned a crispy halibut morsel dish flavored with this orange ginger sunshine.
Crispy Halibut Orange Ginger Bites: the Intuitive Process!
I have to say Asian cuisine is one of my favorites. The one thing I love about this style is the mode of eating it. Plates are served on the table, people sharing, promoting great conversation and a beautiful harmonious movement of pick, taste, and savor. When thinking about how I wanted to do the halibut, two things came to mind. One, how to keep the halibut moist and also infuse the orange ginger into it without it being too salty. Second, wanted this to be a dry dish, crispy, spiced, with a bit of freshness from some vegetables. I don't know about you, but I have this inner voice, no I don't hear voices, this is an intuitive voice that helps me when I am being creative in the kitchen. I think about what I want to achieve and ideas flow through via intuition and I try them to see if they would work. Thus far there have been many delicious recipes and very few flops. This is what my intuition came up with to create this wonderful Crispy Halibut Orange Ginger Bites.
To keep the halibut moist I am going to marinate it in some sweet soy sauce, sesame oil, orange ginger sunshine sea salt, lemon grass, and some white pepper and paprika, along with a bit of orange zest. To keep that moisture in, I dredge the marinated halibut bites in tapioca starch, that I season with a little of the flavored sea salt, white pepper, onion powder, Chinese five spice and a touch of grated lemon grass. I am in love with this seasoning. It adds such freshness to any dish.
After the halibut is all coated with that lovely seasoned tapioca, I get some sunflower oil heating up in a medium sauce pan. When it is at around 350° F it's ready to go. I put enough oil that the morsels will be submerged. I place the halibut into the hot oil carefully and fry for about 1 minute just to seal everything up and form a crispness to the fish. Out they come and onto a plate with some paper towel to catch the excess oil.
The next step, mix up some tempura batter with ice cold water, lemon grass, white pepper, paprika. I leave out the salt as I will dust them with the orange ginger sunshine after they are done. I take the halibut that has been coated and cooked once, dip the morsels into that smooth velvety tempura batter and back in the frying process they go and cooked until golden brown and onto another plate with paper towel and a dusting of Gourmet Food Bar's Orange & Ginger Sunshine. The smell is wonderful. That lemon grass along with aromas of orange and ginger brings nothing but sunshine and smiles to my face and a growling in my stomach, ready to taste.
The coating is so beautiful, golden brown and when I tap it with a chopstick a wonderful sound comes through, meaning crispness. I wanted some veggie component with some color to give a great foundation to these crispy halibut pieces. Well, multi-colored peppers stir-fried quickly to preserve their freshness with a bit of ginger and garlic will do the trick. I love the colors with that deep moody raku plate.
Now for the taste! With chopsticks in position, I grasp the crispy halibut getting some peppers to get the full spectrum of flavors. The sound of the crunch as I bite into them is phenomenal. The hints of orange and ginger packed in those crystals of sea salt give an abundance of flavor punch. The batter: crispy, nutty, complex mixtures of Chinese five spice, onion powder, sriracha, and that lemongrass! I am on a bit of a lemongrass kick these days. Nicoletta says I am putting that s__t on everything, lol. Well, not everything. I will put it away for a while until it calls me again. Now back to the flavors and textures! The halibut with that light crispy texture of the fried tapioca holds the moisture in and when you finally bite through, the flakes of this fleshy fish fall on your tongue with its orange ginger juices playing irrevocable delightful havoc on your tongue. Bite after bite, crispy halibut after crispy halibut with traces of those freshly cooked peppers, garlic and ginger playing with the batter of this fish, until there were none. Well, until you make these Crispy Halibut Orange Ginger Bites again, lol.
I want to thank Gourmet Food Bar for allowing us to work with them and this wonderful product. All their products are handmade, all natural, msg free, and gluten-free. You can't get it better than that. Check out their website. Nicoletta and I look forward to maybe working together in the future with some of your other products.