Crunchy Halibut with Creamy Mash and Sesame Roasted Kale

Versatility is just one of halibut’s many positive attributes. While the fish is well-suited to robust flavours such as those in our spiced halibut recipe, it is equally delicious when served with more placid accompaniments such as mashed potato and kale.

In such instances texture takes on a more prominent role, and in this recipe you get the crunch of panko breadcrumbs yielding to moist, soft halibut, alongside buttery, creamy mash and the papery crunch of roasted kale with the flavour of sesame to add to the intrigue.

All in all you get a nutritious, elegant, texturally seductive and flavoursome plate of food that more than rewards the effort you put in.


  • Prep Time30 min
  • Cook Time15 min
  • Total Time45 min
  • Serving Size4
  • Course
    • Main
  • Cooking Method
    • Pan


  • 500g curly kale, chopped, washed and dried
  • 1tbsp sesame oil
  • 1tbsp olive oil
  • 600g red potatoes, washed and peeled
  • 3tbsp plain flour
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 100g panko breadcrumbs
  • 4 halibut fillets or steaks
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 25g unsalted butter, diced
  • 75ml whole milk
  • 2tbsp vegetable oil



Set the oven to 220C/200C fan/gas mark 7.


Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil.


Add the kale to a high-sided baking tray and drizzle with the sesame and olive oils. Place the kale in the centre of the oven and cook for 15 minutes.


Cut the potatoes into 2-3cm pieces and boil in the pan of salted water for around 12 minutes.


Set out three shallow bowls in a row, with a large chopping board or baking tray at the end. Add the flour to the first bowl, the beaten egg to the second and the panko breadcrumbs to the third.


Season the halibut pieces with salt and pepper. Take each portion and dip it in the flour, then the egg, then the breadcrumbs, ensuring it is as evenly coated as possible. Once each piece is ready, place it on the board or tray and coat the next piece until all four are ready to cook. Set aside.


Drain the potatoes and mash them in the pan, adding the butter and mixing until fully incorporated. Once smooth, add the milk and mix well with a wooden spoon. Place the lid on top and keep warm.


Place a wide, heavy-based pan over a medium heat and add the vegetable oil. Once hot, add the halibut and cook for around 3 minutes on each side, depending on thickness. When done, the breadcrumbs should be browned evenly and the halibut flesh opaque yet still moist.


Place a piece of halibut on each warm serving plate alongside a generous spoonful of creamy mash and a portion of sesame roasted kale.

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