Crab Encrusted Halibut with Chili Cream Sauce

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This recipe for Crab Encrusted Halibut with Chili Cream Sauce is inspired by The Waterfront Depot in Florence, Oregon.

Crab Encrusted Halibut with Chili Cream Sauce | platingsandpairings.com

Crab Encrusted Halibut with Chili Cream Sauce | platingsandpairings.com

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?

It is.

Crab Encrusted Halibut with Chili Cream Sauce | platingsandpairings.com

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 Chili Cream Sauce | platingsandpairings.com

Crab Encrusted Halibut with Sweet Chili Sauce

Course: Seafood
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4
Author: Platings & Pairings
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Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. Season fish with salt and pepper.
  3. 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.
  4. Coat each piece of the halibut in flour, then coat with egg, and the with crab breading.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. To serve, plate the halibut and top with chili sauce.

WINE PAIRINGS:

  • Pinot Gris, Champagne and Rosé are all great options for this delicately flavored dish.

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17 comments

  1. Ali

    Totally photogenic! Almost too pretty to eat. Almost….

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  2. Pech

    This looks so delicious and professionally plated like from a white tablecloth restaurant! I can see why it demands to be photographed for posterity, and thanks for sharing the recipe… I like the sound of the crusted halibut even by itself without the sauce!

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    1. Erin

      Pech – It’d be absolutely delicious without the sauce as well. Or, now you have me thinking, some sort of picatta sauce?… That would be SO yummy too!

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  3. Amy

    This is almost too pretty to eat! It looks amazingly delicious. My mouth is watering!

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  4. allie @ Through Her Looking Glass

    Gorgeous dish Erin! I can see why Rick grabbed his phone!

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    1. Erin

      Ha! He HAD to photograph his favorite dish. Second part? He HAD to send the picture to his brother to make him jealous!

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  5. Create/Enjoy

    Wow, that does sound (and look) delicious!!!!! I can’t do panko or wheat flour but there are lots of grain-free breadings to try. Beautiful photos!

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  6. Catherine @ Ten Thousand Hour Mama

    Wow. Decadent for sure! This would be a fantastic special occasion dish, especially for a special someone in your life!

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    1. Erin

      Thanks so much Chloe – It’s easy when we have such great fresh seafood here in the Pacific NW!

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  7. Brettni Brumfield

    That looks phenomenal! Can’t wait to try it out. Pinning it for later. =)

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    1. Erin

      Thanks Brettni! I hope you love it!

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  8. Maura

    Served this at a dinner party last night and people were losing their minds! Two people said it was the best fish they had ever eaten. Thank you for sharing this delicious recipe!

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    1. Erin

      I’m so glad to hear that you liked the recipe Maura! It’s a special one to us because it is one of my boyfriend’s most favorite dishes ever.

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  9. Lisa

    Wonderful Google find! We just stayed in Florence at the Port of Siuslaw and I ordered this for dinner at the Depot. We stopped at the fish market on the way out of town for the ingredients. Glad to find your recipe. Thanks!

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    1. Erin

      How cool! Isn’t the Waterfront Depot just the best! I need to get back there soon.

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