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This is going to be a quick post. Today my husband is having surgery on his knee. Without going into all the gory details, he tore his PCL about 2 years ago, and has not been fully functioning every since. The good news is that after 2 years of bad doctors and getting the run around, we have finally found a doctor that knows what he is doing. The bad news is that my husband’s knee is completely shot and he will need a full knee replacement within the next 5 years. Today, they are going in to do an osteotomy – where they are going to cut into the bone in his leg and insert wedges so that it will give his knee some extra stability. The doctor is hoping that this will at least stabilize his knee for a few years until they go in to do the replacement. My husband has been struggling with this a bit because he is so young and will never be able to run again. He is a very athletic guy – he played baseball through college and some semi-professional after college – so it is hard for him to come to terms with never being able to play even recreational baseball again. We go into the hospital today, and he will have to stay overnight for a couple of nights because of the risk of blood clots. So I am taking a few days off of work to take care of him and to be with him, so I won’t be around a computer for a few days.

But I didn’t want to leave you empty-handed, so I will leave you with a dish that I made a couple of weeks ago. This would be perfect for everyone who has vowed to eat healthier for the new year, as it is a fairly healthy meal, yet it packs a ton of flavor. This was rated as one of the editors favorites in Cooking Light. We thoroughly enjoyed it. I especially loved the Chile-Cilantro Aioli. I think it would go well on a number of different things.

Cornflake Crusted Halibut with Chile-Cilantro Aioli
from Cooking Light September 2007 and Cooking Light Annual Recipes 2008

2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
3 tablespoons fat-free mayonnaise
1 serrano chile, seeded and minced
1 garlic clove, minced

1 cup fat-free milk
1 large egg white, lightly beaten
2 cups cornflakes, finely crushed
1/4 cup all-purpose flour (about 1 ounce)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 (6-ounce) halibut fillets
4 lemon wedges

To prepare aioli, combine cilantro, mayonnaise, serrano, and minced garlic, stirring well.

To prepare fish, combine milk and egg white in a shallow dish, stirring well with a whisk. Combine cornflakes, flour, salt, and black pepper in another shallow dish.

Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Dip fish in milk mixture, and dredge in cornflake mixture. Add fish to pan, and cook 4 minutes on each side or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork or until desired degree of doneness. Serve fish with aioli and lemon wedges.

4 servings (serving size: 1 fish fillet, about 1 tablespoon aioli, and 1 lemon wedge)

CALORIES 367(27% from fat); FAT 11.2g (sat 1.6g,mono 6.3g,poly 1.9g); PROTEIN 40.8g; CHOLESTEROL 56mg; CALCIUM 166mg; SODIUM 645mg; FIBER 2.2g; IRON 2.4mg; CARBOHYDRATE 25.1g

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33 Responses to Cornflake Crusted Halibut with Chile-Cilantro Aioli

  1. Tiffany says:

    Ooh I may make this, but with Tilapia. That’s the only fish I can get my husband to eat. And I’ll leave out the cilantro, as I think it tastes like grassy soap!!! Sure hope your husband has a speedy recovery. That stinks he had to go so long before he found a good doc.

  2. mimikatzchen says:

    good luck to your husband! on a completely un-related note, this dish looks fantastic and i think i’ll try it out soon! 🙂

  3. Abby says:

    I hope everything goes well with the surgery. So sorry he’s struggling with it, but I totally understand! I hope he recovers quickly.

    This recipe looks great! I’m still struggling to find things I can eat, but I hope to be back at it in a couple of weeks.

  4. Sorina says:

    Absolutely beautiful! I’ll have to try this soon. Thank you for the recipe!

  5. Mandy says:

    good luck to your hubby! Hope the surgery went home and he can come home soon.

  6. Katie B. says:

    Good luck to you and your husband! Even though it will be tough, just remember that it is forward progress!

  7. JennDZ - The Leftover Queen says:

    Good luck to your husband – and to you!

    (This looks really yummy by the way..)

  8. Cheryl says:

    Best wishes to your husband on a successful surgery.

  9. sugarlaws says:

    This is a lovely recipe, but more importantly, I hope that the surgery goes well and your husband recovers quickly and healthily!

  10. glamah16 says:

    Hope the surgery goes well.Now there are so many advances in that sort of thing. Take care and Good Luck.

  11. javagirlkt's cookin' says:

    I hope everything goes well with your husband’s surgery.
    I’m sure that meals like this one will brighten his days as he recovers! It looks fabulous.

  12. Kevin says:

    This looks really good! The crust looks nice and crispy. The chile and cilantro aioli sounds tasty!

  13. Mary says:

    I’ve been eyeing this recipe for a while and never made it. Thanks for the positive review. Now I’ll definitely try it.

    Good Luck to your husband. 2 years ago I managed to do the unhappy triad (ACL, MCL, meniscus). So my ACL has been replaced and the rest mended up. The important thing is to have a good doctor, a caring support system, and to make sure to do all the physical therapy. Your husband is going to be fine.

  14. Emiline says:

    Hope everything goes well! You guys take it easy for a couple of days.

    I love the name of this dish! So creative.

  15. kellypea says:

    Good luck to you both and here’s to a speedy recovery! The chile cilantro aioli sounds amazing. Cooking Light does have some great recipes…

  16. Cindy. Lo. says:

    Wishing for a speedy recovery for your husband
    Everything will be fine with your constant care by his side. ^_^.

  17. breadchick says:

    Here’s wishing you and your husband the best.

    I was just thinking I need to make fish this week but wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with it. I think this will be perfect for a piece of cod I have in the freezer.

  18. joey says:

    This fish sounds lovely…and that chile-cilantro aioli sounds like something I would love!

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery to you husband! My husband tore his ACL late last year during a game of basketball. He is also very athletic…soccer is his favorite sport of all time. Right now we are looking at our options and getting different opinions. I know it is hard for him because sports is such a big part of his life. Hang in there to both of you!

  19. Michelle says:

    hey deb. I hope that Josh is okay. I’ll be thinking about you guys. This halibut looks great. I might just have to try it. I’ll report to you if I dare…

  20. vina says:

    I just tried this recipe with Orange Roughy instead of halibut. (They haven’t had halibut at my grocery store for a while.) It was amazing! The aioli was an interesting complement, but regular tartar sauce would be a perfectly fine substitute (albeit less healthy). Fairly easy to make, and a wonderful result. Thanks so much for posting this! I hope your husband makes a speedy recovery. Good luck!

  21. The Baker & The Curry Maker says:

    My best wishes to a smooth recovery for your husband. This looks great and is exactly what I need, thanks.

  22. The Baker & The Curry Maker says:

    My best wishes to a smooth recovery for your husband. This looks great and is exactly what I need, thanks.

  23. eatme_delicious says:

    Mmm I don’t eat fish but I love things that are fried like that with creamy delicious sauce things on top like that.

  24. eatme_delicious says:

    Oh and hope your husband’s surgery goes well and he has a speedy recovery!

  25. Dhanggit says:

    just with the title ‘im already full…it sounded sooo good!!

    i love the idea of using cornflakes for crusting..i have never tried this it must really give a good texture and crunchiness..and your chile-cilantro tandem aioli must be heaven!!wow im really impressed

  26. Suzana says:

    Great combo! This sounds and looks rather delicious.

    All the best for your hubby – may he have a speedy recovery.

  27. maybahay says:

    lovely fish recipe.
    all the best for your husband’s surgery…

  28. culinography says:

    Wishing your husband a smooth and speedy recovery!

    This looks tasty… I need to buy cornflakes! 🙂

  29. Bellini Valli says:

    This fish dish look right up my alley. I hope your husband has a speedy recovery from his knee surgery!!!!

  30. Shayne says:

    This looks so good and I love aiolis.

    I hope that all went well with your hubbies knee.

  31. Peabody says:

    Cornflake crusted….I love that idea…bet there is great crunch to it. Thanks for the dinner idea.

  32. Kirsten says:

    Oh what a lovely recipe!!

    And funny timing….my boyfriend is also having knee surgery in about a week.

    It’s a struggle for me because the benefits of youth/HS/collegiate/post-collegiate althetics is amazing, but my heart breaks when young (my BF is 30) people are having surgery to clean up scars from early in life injuries.

    Like…will I allow my kids to get that involved?

    Anyway, nothing but positive wishes for your hubby and fast recovery!!!!!!


  33. Tartelette says:

    I hope everything went well with your husband’s surgery. As a runner, I know that kid of injury is a serious pain the butt.

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