Maple-Poached Halibut with Maple-Crisped Skin

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4 portions
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  • 1 1/2 cup maple water
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 1 white onion, minced
  • 4 stems of flat leaf parsley
  • 1 carrot, sliced
  • 1 stick of celery, minced
  • 6 peppercorns, crushed
  • Salt to taste
  • 4 halibut fillets* 150 g (1/3 lb) each, skin on
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup (preferably amber syrup for its rich flavour)
  • 1/4 cup maple flakes
  • 1 lemon, zest only
  • 4 peppercorns, crushed


  1. Preheat oven to 160° C (325° F).
  2. Put the maple water, white wine, vegetables, and 6 crushed peppercorns into a large saucepan, add the salt, and boil for 2 minutes.
  3. Place the fish into the liquid and simmer for 5 minutes.
  4. Remove the fish and place, skin side up, on a lightly oiled baking dish. Set aside.
  5. Reduce the cooking juices by three quarters, then filter it, and whisk in the butter and maple syrup.
  6. In a bowl, combine the maple flakes with the lemon zest and 4 crushed peppercorns.
  7. Lay paper over the fish and reheat it in the oven for 2 minutes
  8. Spread the maple-lemon-pepper mixture on the fish skin and caramelize with a torch. (If no torch, use the broiler.)
  9. Serve with the maple-butter reduction.

* Instead of halibut, you can make this recipe with salmon, flounder, haddock, or other firm fleshed fish.

SERVING SUGGESTIONS: This dish may be garnished with fried flat leaf parsley or samphire.

The Quebec Maple Syrup Producers are not in any way responsible for the identification or presence of allergens in recipes or for the classification of any recipe as vegetarian or vegan.

Recipes by Philippe Mollé


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More about Maple

Maple syrup comes in four classifications, according to colour and taste.

At the start of sugaring season, syrup is generally clear, with a lightly sweet taste. It becomes darker and caramelized as the season goes on.

An unopened can of maple syrup keeps for many years.

Once the can is opened, syrup should be kept in an airtight container in a cool place.

100% pure maple butter contains no butter or dairy.

Like all 100% pure maple products, maple butter comes from the sap of the maple tree… and that’s all.