The Verde on the succulent Halibut comes from the cilantro and chili marinade and a silky avocado mayonnaise.
Ingredients (serves 6):
(6) 8-ounce Halibut Fillets (about 3/4 inch thick)
1 cup thinly sliced green onions
3/4 cup (packed) cilantro leaves
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 1/2 tablespoons grated lime peel
1 1/2 tablespoons golden brown sugar
1 tablespoon coarsely chopped seeded jalapeño chili
1 cup alder or hickory smoke chips, soaked in water 30 minutes, drained (OPTIONAL)
Blend first 7 ingredients in processor until almost smooth. Season with salt and pepper. Pour marinade into 13x9x2-inch glass baking dish. Add Halibut, turning to coat. Cover and refrigerate 2 hours, or let stand at room temperature 1 hour, turning fish twice.
Prepare barbecue (medium heat). Place smoke chips in 8x6-inch foil packet with open top. Set packet atop coals about 5 minutes before grilling. Grill fish until cooked through, basting often with marinade, about 4 minutes per side.
Serve fish with avocado mayonnaise.
1 1/2 large avocados, pitted, quartered
5 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
3/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce (such as Tabasco)
Puree all ingredients in blender, scraping down sides occasionally. Season with salt and pepper.