And now for something that isn’t baking — cooking for once, instead. I love this recipe — the flavors of the briny olives, the freshness of the lemons, the perfect texture of the fish. All very delicious. Because halibut can be a bit of a splurge with the cost, this can also be made with cod or any thicker cut white fish. Definitely give it a go.
2 (8-ounce) halibut fillets, preferably at least 1-inch thick
1 1/2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil, more to taste
Ground chili pepper, preferably Turkish or Aleppo
2 rosemary branches
1 small lemon, very thinly sliced
1/4 cup sliced, pitted kalamata or other good-quality black olives
Heat oven to 450F. Place fish in a baking dish, brush fillets with 1 teaspoon of oil and season with salt and chili pepper. Top each fillet with a rosemary branch and several slices of lemon. Drizzle remaining oil over lemon slices and sprinkle with additional salt. Scatter olives over fish and pan.
Bake until just opaque and fish registers 125F on an instant-read thermometer, about 10 minutes. If lemon slices have not browned or singed (this will depend on how thinly you slice them), place pan under broiler for 1 to 2 minutes. Serve drizzled with more olive oil; sprinkle with more salt and chili, if desired.