Sweet & Sour Braised Halibut

Pairing sweet and savory is common in Sicilian cooking. Here, sherry, a fortified Spanish wine, rather than Sicily's own Marsala wine, provides sweetness. In the past, without any regulation, the quality of Sicilian Marsala was poor, so some cooks used the Spanish wine. Today Sicilian Marsala is more reliable. Use either for this stew.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Additional Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
4 servings


  • 3 tablespoons currants or raisins

  • ½ cup sweet sherry

  • 1 ½ pounds halibut steak, cut into 4 portions

  • ½ teaspoon salt, divided

  • Ground pepper to taste

  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 large onion, sliced

  • 3 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano or marjoram, plus more for garnish

  • 2 tablespoons red-wine vinegar

  • 2 tablespoons water


  1. Combine currants (or raisins) and sherry in a small saucepan. Heat over low until steaming, then remove from heat and set aside.

  2. Season halibut with 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper; refrigerate while cooking the onions.

  3. Heat oil in a large skillet over low heat. Add onion and cook, stirring often, until deep golden, 15 to 30 minutes. Add the reserved plumped fruit, pine nuts, oregano (or marjoram), vinegar, water, the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt.

  4. Nestle the halibut in the onion mixture, spooning some of it over the fish. Cover and simmer over low heat until the fish is opaque in the center, 7 to 9 minutes. Garnish with more herbs if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

276 Calories
9g Fat
10g Carbs
33g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 5 oz. halibut & 1/3 cup sauce
Calories 276
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 10g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 33g 66%
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 1g 6%
Cholesterol 83mg 28%
Vitamin A 142IU 3%
Vitamin C 4mg 4%
Folate 31mcg 8%
Sodium 412mg 18%
Calcium 36mg 3%
Iron 1mg 6%
Magnesium 66mg 16%
Potassium 928mg 20%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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