Thursday, May 17, 2012

Grilled Halibut and Tomatoes with Pesto Orzo


 The weather this week has been glorious. May in Southern/Central California is usually plagued with "May Grey" - a layer of gloomy fog. But this week it was sunny sunny sunny so we spent lots of time outside at Shoreline Park and in the pool. This kind of weather makes me want to step away from the oven and fire up the outdoor grill.

On the way home from the park this week we picked up a few simple fresh ingredients... 

 

And made a quick and easy but healthy and flavorful dinner. The tomatoes were grilled right alongside the fish. Store-bought fresh pesto instantly flavored the dish. 

So we could spend more time on the slide :) Instagram

I topped the grilled halibut with the tomatoes because they just looked so pretty. For the kids I cut up the fish and tossed it with the orzo, tomatoes, pesto, and a few fresh basil leaves. Either way, it was YUMMY. Bookmark this recipe for the next summery day.

Gluten-free friends: Try this recipe over quinoa, brown rice, or small gluten-free pasta. 

Grilled Halibut and Tomatoes with Pesto Orzo
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Serves 4

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 
3/4 pound halibut
1/2 pound orzo pasta, cooked according to package instructions 
1/4 cup fresh pesto
1 to 2 bunches small tomatoes on the vine
Fresh basil, for garnish (optional) 

Oil the grates of a grill and heat to medium high.

Drizzle fish and tomatoes with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place fish and tomatoes on grill and cook until fish easily flakes, about 3 minutes per side depending on thickness of fish.

Divide orzo between plates and top wit a dollop of pesto. Place fish on top and top fish with tomatoes. Garnish with basil if desired.


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22 comments:

  1. Beautiful....like tomatoes on a vine!!! I adore halibut.

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  2. This looks fabulous! I love halibut and orzo. Have a great weekend.

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  3. Looks AWESOME Marina. I love the colors and flavors. I wish you lived closer! :)

    xo

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  4. Perfect meal for summer!

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  5. Fantastic and easy... I'm in!!

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  6. Making me hungry with this beautiful dish!

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  7. Looks so colorful and delicious! I would love to have your sunny CA weather as well - thank you for this summery post.

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  8. This might be happening for dinner tonight. This looks crazy good! :D

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  9. Halibut is such a great fish, so "meaty" and satisfying. This recipe is so fresh and just shouts "summmer" - love it!
    Mary x

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  10. I'm a vegetarian, so no fish for me. Your photos look beautiful though :)

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  11. I love halibut and your photos are getting more stunning by the day!

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  12. perfect weeknight meal! oh and hubby is going off to alaska again in june, so wish him luck and you'll be on the halibut delivery list : )

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  13. My stomach just slapped my face. YUM.

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  14. What a lovely, summery recipe! I kinda like the deconstructed one myself - I'm a kid at heart :)

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  15. My husband loves Halibut and this one looks so simple and yummy. Still can't get over the fact that your girls will eat such "good for you" food. What's your secret?!
    Voted. xo

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  16. What's not to love here? I could eat this every day and not get sick of it, and your kid's dinner bowl looks just as yummy, if not more so!

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  17. Marina,
    Just what the "healthy eating regime" ordered. Hubby and I are working on healthy meals this spring/summer and this looks delicious and healthy, thank you. I too have loved the authentic "spring" early morning sunshine we've been enjoying here in So. Cal. It helps me start the day with extra energy.
    Karen

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  18. This looks SO delicious!!!!!!
    I definitely have to try this this summer.

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  19. Oh what a wonderful dish! I love that you added pesto to it. Can I come to your house for dinner?

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  20. Amazing view. With a view like this I would never cook indoor...:) I love to cook with just a few ingredients, and you prove that good food doesn't have to be cooked with two pages of ingredients...

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  21. This looks so good and I love it is only 4 ingredients. So fresh and lovely photographs as always! Thanks for showing the kids version:)

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  22. Divine...And exactly how I would have tweaked for the kids too. Beautiful pics like always! :)

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