Fresh Halibut

Written by Jared Vincenti
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Found in Northern waters of both the Atlantic and Pacific, the halibut is a massive flatfish. A halibut is shaped like a flounder, but can get up to eight feet long and weigh up to 500 pounds. The fish are slow to mature, and live along many coasts, so there are strong international regulations on halibut fishing.

A long-lived fish, halibut don't reach sexual maturity until their eighth year--another reason to keep a close eye on the halibut fishing industry. However, halibut are not easy prey. Their size makes them a challenge for any fisherman, and their native waters are prone to violent storms--so you have to be bound and determined to catch a halibut.

Preparing Fresh Halibut

Halibut is a flatfish, related to flounder and sole. It is not an oily fish, and doesn't have a very strong flavor of its own. It takes sauces and seasonings quite well, and since the fish get so big, you can easily get boneless roasts that weight up to ten pounds! Halibut is commonly baked, and is done when it flakes with a fork.

Many people have had halibut without even knowing it. Commonly sold as "imitation crab," halibut can be flavored slightly to taste like crab. Since halibut is much cheaper than crab, it is frequently substituted in dishes like seafood salads and sushi without attracting much attention.

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