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My wife wanted some nice white fish for supper on Friday so I headed over to the market to see what was available. The fish monger hooked me up with some nice fresh halibut steaks. As I walked around the stalls, I noticed some mangoes and thought that would go nicely with the halibut. When we got home, I found this recipe for mango salsa and modified it to the following (since it’s what I had on hand):

  • 2 large ripe mangoes peeled and cut into bite-size chunks
  • 1/4 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 whole chopped green onions
  • juice of 1/2 a lime and 1/2 a lemon
  • 1/3 of a jalapeno pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • handful of fresh chopped parsley and tarragon
  • ground sea salt and ground black pepper

I combined all of these in a large flat bottomed container and then used a chopper (similar to the Slap Chop) to cut up the pieces a bit finer. Then I transferred it all to a serving bowl.

I rubbed salt and pepper onto the halibut steaks then placed them on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. I drizzled olive oil and fresh lemon juice on both sides then baked it for about 8 or 10 minutes.

I served it all up with some fresh steamed fiddleheads (seasoned with salt & pepper, lemon juice and butter) and orzo pasta (with garlic and chili powders).

The combination of the mango salsa with the fish was amazing. It was cool and sweet and fresh. The flavour layers were perfect. I will definitely make that again. My whole family loved it and I highly recommend it. The fiddleheads were cooked perfectly. There is nothing like fresh fiddleheads in the spring here. They are a highly anticipated food item in my household. The sprinkle of lemon on them made them pair perfectly with the fish and salsa. The orzo was a bit too mellow tasting for this meal. I think a nice light rice would have been better. But overall, this meal was a complete success, unfortunately with no leftovers for later. So I bought some more mangoes yesterday. I want to try this salsa over scrambled eggs next.

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