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20-Minute Pan-Seared Fish with Pomegranate Salsa

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  • Prep Time: 12 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


Delicious pan-seared fish (halibut, cod, or your favorite fish!) meets sweet and juicy pomegranate salsa in this quick and easy dinner recipe.  Serve it up with garlicky kale for a fresh and feel-good meal that everyone will love!



Pan-Seared Fish Ingredients:

  • 4 filets cod or halibut (or another firm white fish)
  • 1/2 teaspoon each: garlic powder, Kosher salt, freshly-cracked black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or butter

Pomegranate Salsa Ingredients:

  • 1 cup POM-POMS fresh pomegranate arils
  • 1/3 cup finely-chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup finely-chopped red onion
  • 1 jalapeno, cored and finely-chopped
  • juice of one lime
  • pinch each of: ground cumin, Kosher salt and freshly-cracked black pepper


To Make The Pan-Seared Fish:

  1. Sprinkle the fish filets evenly on both sides with the cumin, salt and pepper.  Set aside.
  2. Heat oil (or butter) in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat until shimmering (or melted).  Add the seasoned fish filets and cook for about 5 minutes on the first side, or until browned.  Carefully flip the filets, and cook for 2-3 more minutes* or until the fish is cooked through.  (I recommend preparing your salsa during while the fish cooks, to save time.)
  3. Transfer the fish to the serving plates, and top with the pomegranate salsa.  Serve immediately.

To Make The Pomegranate Salsa:

  1. Add all ingredients together in a large mixing bowl, and toss until evenly combined.  Serve immediately, or cover and refrigerate for up to 24 hours.


*Cooking time will vary according to the kind of fish you use and the thickness of the filets.

**I served this with a side of fresh avocado and garlicky kale — two of my faves.  To make the kale, just heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a sauté pan over medium-high heat.  Add a few thinly-sliced gloves of garlic, and sauté for 1 minute.  Then add in a bunch of roughly chopped kale (tough stems removed) and sauté, tossing occasionally, for 2-3 minutes until softened.  So delicious!!