Panko Crusted Halibut with Homemade Tartar Sauce & Granny’s Fresh Green Beans



It’s not very often that I have to take meetings on Sunday, but this particular Sunday had me in Newport Beach for the afternoon. It’s pretty much a given that a stop at Whole Foods was necessary on the drive back home. As soon as we stepped into Whole Foods, Daniel spotted a display of green beans from a local farm. It reminded him instantly of his Grandma’s fresh green beans that she used to make when he was kid.

After a quick call to his mom, we decided that Panko Crusted Halibut with Homemade Tartar Sauce would complete this week’s recipe. Neither one of us have much experience cooking fish (besides the occasional grilled Salmon I used to make on my Foreman Grill), so we were a little nervous when we realized the fresh Halibut alone would cost about $35. We only had one shot of getting this right so after a major googling session, Daniel crafted the recipe while I prepped the camera for this latest foodie shoot.

I could tell Daniel was a little nervous about possibly ruining the Halibut and I was just happy that I was in charge of making sure the photos came out decent. Thankfully, dinner turned out delicious! The homemade tartar sauce was the perfect complement to the crusted halibut. Granny’s Fresh Green Beans also made the perfect side to complete the meal. Hope you enjoy cooking and remember that taking risks and trying new things has a delicious pay off. 😉


Homemade Yogurt Tartar Sauce
1 cup Greek plain yogurt
2 tablespoons of white or yellow onions
2 tablespoons of chopped gherkin pickles
2 tablespoons of pickle juice from the jar
1 teaspoon of finely chopped cilantro (or parsley)
1 tablespoon of dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon of fresh ground salt and some pepper to taste

1. Combine all ingredients together and mix well.
2. Cover and let it chill in the fridge for an hour before serving..


Granny’s Fresh Green Beans
Approximately 2 cups of fresh green beans prepared
1/4 pound of thick cut bacon
3/4 cup of chopped onions
1 cup of water
1-2 teaspoons of salt
Pepper to taste

1. Break off tip of stem and then break in half.
2. Combine all ingredients into a sauce pan and bring to boil.
3. Reduce heat to low and simmer for an hour or until tender.
4. Broth should be rich and flavorful , if not add salt and pepper for additional seasoning.






Panko Crusted Halibut
Halibut Filet (6-8 ounce halibut filet)
1/2 Panko bread crumbs
2 tablespoons of shredded parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons of fresh dill chopped
2 tablesppons of fresh chives chopped
2 tablespoons of finely chopped onions
1 teaspoon of lemon zest
1 teasppon of salt
2 eggs
2 tablespoons of milk

1. Eggs, whisk together and season with salt and pepper in a bowl
2. In separate bowl, mix all the dry ingredients together.
3. Spray grill or pan with cooking  spray. We used a panini press for 3-4 minutes on High. If you don’t have a panini press, pour 1 tablespoon of oil in a pan and fry on medium high heat. Cook 2 1/2 minutes on each side.
4. Transfer Halibut onto baking pan and bake for 6-8 minutes 450 degress or until fish flakes with fork.
5. Garnish with fresh lemon wedges.
6. Pair it with your favorite beer or wine and serve with sourdough bread!

P.S. We did have a minor mishap with the knife during this foodie shoot. I couldn’t pass up the chance of sharing a picture of Daniel rockin’ the only bandaid I had available. 😉