This recipe for Crab Encrusted Halibut with Chili Cream Sauce is inspired by The Waterfront Depot in Florence, Oregon.
This dish was my best attempt to date to win over the BF. I think it worked.
Since Rick and I first met, he’s always raved about The Waterfront Depot in Florence, Oregon (on the coast). And, one special dish in particular – the Crab Encrusted Halibut with Chili Cream Sauce.
Last Christmas, we made a visit to Florence, and unfortunately got stuck staying in some awful hotel, because we planned at the last minute. It was the only dog-friendly option available. And Sammie the labradoodle goes everywhere. I may have feared for my life that night. But – The saving grace in all of it was that I finally got to try this special dish!
Doesn’t it just sound decadent?
Take a delicate, mild, halibut filet, coat it in a mixture of bread crumbs and crab meat, sautee until golden, finish in the oven, then top it with a creamy sweet chili sauce, made of Mae Ploy sweet chili sauce and heavy cream. To score some extra bonus points, I topped the whole thing off with an extra hunk of claw crab meat. I think it’s the first time I’ve seen Rick snap a picture of food with his iPhone…
Pretty photogenic, don’t you think?
Actually, I wasn’t going to photograph this dish. I wanted to take a night off from blogging, and just take time to enjoy this extravagant dinner and a nice glass of Pinot Gris. But alas, the food won. It was too pretty not to snap a few shots.
And, it was too good not to share the recipe:
Crab Encrusted Halibut with Sweet Chili Sauce
- 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
- 1/2 lb crab meat
- 4 6- oz . halibut filets
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 3 whole eggs
- 1 oz . vegetable oil
- 1 oz . unsalted butter
- 1 cup Mae Ploy sweet hot chili sauce
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- Salt and pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 350° F.
Season fish with salt and pepper.
Combine bread crumbs and crab meat in a shallow bowl, using fork to combine and make a breading mixture. Place flour in a separate shallow dish. Break the eggs into a third shallow dish, and whisk with a fork.
Coat each piece of the halibut in flour, then coat with egg, and the with crab breading.
Heat oil and butter in a large sautee pan over medium-high heat. Fry the halibut until golden brown on both sides. Place on lightly oiled baking sheet and bake for approximately 7 minutes, depending on the thickness of your fish.
Heat the chili sauce in a small saucepan on medium-high heat. Once hot, add the cream and turn the heat down to medium. Simmer until slightly thickened.
To serve, plate the halibut and top with chili sauce.
- Pinot Gris, Champagne and Rosé are all great options for this delicately flavored dish.