Asian Halibut & Brown Rice Packets

2 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine Summer 2004

Rice on the grill? Absolutely, and by the time it's cooked it's scented with the exotic flavors of plums and Asian sauce. If halibut isn't available, striped bass, sole or even thick cod fillets will work just fine.

Ingredients 4 servings

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  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 2 teaspoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 cups instant brown rice
  • 4 scallions, sliced, whites and greens separated
  • 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 pound halibut fillet, skin removed, cut into 4 portions
  • 1 large ripe plum, cut into 12 wedges

Preparation

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  1. Preheat a gas or charcoal grill.
  2. Heat 3/4 cup water, 1 cup orange juice and soy sauce in a small saucepan until just simmering. Pour into a medium bowl; stir in rice and scallion whites and set aside, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Whisk hoisin sauce, ginger, sesame oil and the remaining 2 tablespoons each of water and orange juice in a small bowl.
  3. Stack two 20-inch sheets of foil (the double layers will help protect the ingredients on the bottom from burning). Coat the center of the top layer with cooking spray. Place one-fourth of the rice mixture in the center. Set a piece of fish on the rice. Arrange 3 wedges of plum on the fish. Top with one-fourth of the hoisin mixture and sprinkle with one-fourth of the scallion greens. Bring the short ends of the foil together, leaving enough room in the packet for steam to gather and cook the food. Fold the foil over and pinch to seal. Pinch seams together along the sides. Make sure all the seams are tightly sealed to keep steam from escaping. Make 3 more packets with the remaining ingredients.
  4. Place the packets on a gas grill over medium heat or on a charcoal grill 4 to 6 inches from medium coals. Cover the grill and cook until the fish is opaque in the center, 8 to 12 minutes, depending on the thickness. (When opening a packet to check for doneness, be careful of steam.) Use a spatula to slide the contents of the packet onto a plate.
  • Technique Packet Steps Step 1. Stack two 20-inch sheets of foil (the double layers will help protect the ingredients on the bottom from burning). Coat the center of the top layer with cooking spray. Step 2. Layer your ingredients on the foil. Center everything: it's easier to wrap the food and Makes the packet look neat. Step 3. Bring the short ends of the foil together, leaving enough room in the packet for steam to gather and cook the food. Fold the foil over and pinch to seal. Pinch seams together along the sides. Make sure all the seams are tightly sealed to keep steam from escaping. Step 4. Place the packets on a gas grill over medium heat or on a charcoal grill 4 to 6 inches from medium coals. Cover the grill and cook just until the packet contents are done. Handle the hot packets with a large spatula or oven mitts. Carefully open both ends of the packet and allow the hot steam to escape.
  • People with celiac disease or gluten-sensitivity should use soy sauces that are labeled "gluten-free," as soy sauce may contain wheat or other gluten-containing sweeteners and flavors.

Nutrition information

  • Per serving: 390 calories; 7 g fat(1 g sat); 3 g fiber; 48 g carbohydrates; 31 g protein; 49 mcg folate; 68 mg cholesterol; 10 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 429 IU vitamin A; 39 mg vitamin C; 34 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 326 mg sodium; 867 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (70% daily value), Magnesium (49% dv), Potassium (26% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 3
  • Exchanges: 2 starch, 1/2 fruit, 4 lean meat, 1 fat

Reviews 2

July 25, 2010
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By: EatingWell User
I tried the recipe but I couldn't find the Hoisin sauce. It was still very good, my kids loved it ! Especially great since they never want to eat fish !!! We made it with the fennel and radish salad.
September 14, 2009
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By: EatingWell User
I made this recipe last weekend and it is awesome! I used regular brown rice cooked with 1 cup water, 1 cup orange juice and 2 tsps soy sauce instead of instant brown rice.The recipe is so easy and delicious and, can be prepared in advance in the foil packets and refrigerated until grilled. Try this one, you will not regret it. Pros: Cons: