On last week's episode of MasterChef, contestants had to recreate one of Cat Cora's halibut dishes. (It was similar to her Halibut with Pepitas, Capers, Cherry Tomatoes, and Basil ... although I don't think it was an exact match.)

I've loved halibut ever since I first tried it at the Alaska Salmon Bake in Fairbanks. There, it's fried ... and it's so good that way it's easy to make a firm resolution you'll never try it any other way ever again.

But, as Cat Cora's recipe proves, there are plenty of quality variations on this fish. Some good ways to try it follow ...

Pistachio-Crusted Halibut with Spicy Yogurt: According to Epicurious, this tastes just like the Mediterranean.

Grilled Halibut with Chimichurri: Think chimichurri only goes with steak? Think again.

Sauteed Halibut with Arugula, Roasted Beets, and Horseradish Crème Fraiche: If you're feeling industrious ...

Halibut Brochettes Provencale: Cube it, season it, skewer it, and enjoy.

Potato-Wrapped Halibut with Sauteed Spinach: If you must fry it, fry it like this.

Yucatan Marinated Halibut Grilled in Banana Leaves with Orange-Pineapple Relish: If you think fish tacos are the only way to enjoy halibut south of the border, give this recipe a shot. Then stand corrected.

Thai-Style Halibut with Coconut Curry Broth: Hey -- look -- this versatile fish works well in other cuisines, too.

Halibut Cakes: Step aside, crab. There's a new fish in town.

Prosciutto-Wrapped Halibut with a Caper and Tomato Butter: The new Surf and Turf.

Halibut Puttanesca: Virtually everything's better with halibut -- even this pasta recipe.

What's your favorite halibut recipe?


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