Spice Up Your Nights With This Delicious Comfort Food {Fish} Dish

This recipe was inspired by the “Pizza Oven Fish” at the Ivy by the Shore in Santa Monica, Ca. The high temperature of the pizza oven roasts the fish quickly and locks in the delicious Mediterranean flavors without getting dry. I loved that dish so much I wouldn’t order anything else. It was a ‘clean’ dish that satiated my cravings for something rich and savory.  I tried numerous times to get the recipe but the staff refused to give away the kitchen’s secrets. Determined, I went home and went to work on replicating it.  This recipe is the result of my efforts to get it right…

Serves 4-6

**Note: even though the name of the dish is “white fish”, I like to use halibut.  I prefer it’s meatier consistency and mild flavor.  But this dish also works nicely with sword fish or white fish.

  1. Preheat oven 500 degrees
  2. Put halved tomatoes in 12” glass dish and lightly stir in chili flakes, salt and olive oil
  3. Roast tomatoes in oven 45-55 minutes – stirring occasionally to prevent burning
    **Note: All ovens are calibrated differently so when cooking at high temperatures keep an eye on the oven to make sure your food is roasting and not burning.
  4. Take the tomatoes out of the oven. Add capers, olives and garlic
  5. Lower the oven to 450 degrees
  6. Wash and pat dry fish
  7. Cover fish in olive oil, season with salt and pepper on both sides
  8. Place fish in the same glass dish with tomatoes, olives and capers
  9. Cover fish with spoonfuls of roasted tomato, olives and capers
  10. Put back in the oven until cooked.  About 40-50 minutes for a whole fish or 20-30 minutes for individual fillets.
  11. Cut fish into serving sizes.
  12. Place serving on plate and smother the top with roasted tomato concoction

**Liza’s tip:  Serve on a white plate for a beautiful presentation and watch the deep colors pop!

List of

  • 10 cups organic grape tomatoes cut in half
  • 1/3 cup large capers
  • 1 cup pitted kalamata olives
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp chili flakes
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 3.5 lbs Halibut ( about 1/2 – 3/4 lbs per serving)