Grilled Halibut with Pomegranate-Persimmon Salsa over Black Rice

by Chef Suzanne Goin

Total Prep Time

30 - 45 mins


Makes 6 servings

Degree of Difficulty


Nutritional Overview

(383g): 650 calories (210 calories from fat), 38g protein, 73g carbohydrates, 24g total fat (5g saturated), 55mg cholesterol, 90mg sodium, 8g dietary fiber, 11g sugars, 60% vitamin A, 30% vitamin C, 15% calcium, 25% iron.


Black Rice:
1 cup diced onion
2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves
6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 cups black rice
1/2 cup white wine
10 cups water
2 tablespoons unsalted butter

Pomegranate-Persimmon Salsa:
1/4 cup arils from 1 large POM Wonderful Pomegranate
1 tablespoon pomegranate molasses*
3 tablespoons finely diced shallots
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/4 cup diced, peeled Fuyu persimmon
1 tablespoon sliced flat-leaf parsley

6 5-oz. portions Alaskan halibut
6 oz. mizuna


Black Rice:
Sauté the onion and thyme in 2 tablespoons olive oil and 1/2 teaspoon salt until translucent. Add the rice, stir to coat and toast slightly. Add the wine and reduce by half. Add 10 cups water and 2 teaspoons salt; bring to a boil. Turn heat down to low and simmer about 40 minutes, stirring occasionally, until tender but still al dente. When the rice is almost done, stir continuously until all the liquid is evaporated. Stir in the butter and taste for seasoning.

Pomegranate-Persimmon Salsa:
Score 1 fresh pomegranate and place in a bowl of water. Break open the pomegranate under water to free the arils (seed sacs). The arils will sink to the bottom of the bowl and the membrane will float to the top. Sieve and put the arils in a separate bowl. Reserve 1/4 cup of the arils from fruit and set aside. (Refrigerate or freeze remaining arils for another use.) While the rice is cooking, place the shallots, lemon juice and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a small bowl. Wait 5 minutes, and then whisk in the pomegranate molasses* and 1/4 cup olive oil. Stir in the fresh pomegranate arils, persimmon and parsley.

Grill the halibut over hot coals or medium-high heat on a gas grill. Plating: Spoon the rice onto 6 dinner plates and scatter the mizuna on top. Place the grilled halibut on the rice and spoon over the salsa. Serve this pomegranate recipe.