Alaska Halibut Tostada Bites with Pineapple Bacon Jam

Serves makes about 6 pieces
Prep Time 0 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes

6 thin, slant-cut pieces Alaska Halibut, about 3/4- to 1-ounce each

1 1/2 teaspoons Chipotle Salt (recipe follows)

Vegetable oil for cooking


6 (2 3/4-inch-diameter) corn tortilla rounds, fried crispy and lightly seasoned

3 tablespoons mashed, seasoned, cooked black beans, warmed

1/2 cup very thinly shaved green and red cabbage

3 tablespoons Pineapple Bacon Jam, warmed (recipe follows)

Garnish: cilantro sprigs, crumbled cotija cheese, and lime squeezes


Chipotle Salt

Makes a scant 1/2 cup


1/4 cup kosher salt

2 teaspoons chipotle chile powder

1 tablespoon granulated garlic

2 teaspoons ground coriander

Mix all ingredients. Store tightly covered. Remix before using as ingredients settle out on standing.


Pat fish dry and season on each side with chipotle salt. Heat a non-stick pan over medium-high heat with a little vegetable oil. Sear the fish for about 1 1/2 minutes on each side or until just cooked through.

Meanwhile, divide black beans between tortillas. Top each with a little cabbage mixture then fish. Dollop each tostada with pineapple bacon jam. Garnish with cilantro and a sprinkling of cotija cheese. Squeeze a little fresh lime juice over the top if desired.


Pineapple Bacon Jam

Makes about 2 cups


1/2 small red onion, cut into chunks

1/2 fresh ripe pineapple, cored, peel cut off, cut into chunks

1 tablespoon hot sauce

2 tablespoons white wine vinegar


1/2 cup (3 oz wt) 1/4-inch-diced raw bacon

Pulse onion and pineapple in a food processor until chopped into 1/4-inch pieces. Transfer to a bowl and mix in hot sauce and vinegar.

Heat a large non-stick sauté pan over medium-high to high heat. Cook bacon until crispy and then remove with a slotted spoon to a bowl. Add pineapple mixture to the hot bacon fat, and cook for about 10 to 15 minutes, stirring often, until liquid is reduced and jam has begun to thicken. Continue to cook, stirring, until pan is slightly dry and mixture begins to caramelize. Increase heat to high if necessary to increase caramelization.

Remove from heat and stir in reserved bacon. Cool. Hold refrigerated for service. 


Pineapple Cha Cha Sangria

Makes 4 - 6 servings


1 (750 ml) bottle white wine such as a Sauvignon blanc

1/4 cup ginger liqueur

1/4 cup brandy

2 tablespoons honey

1 cup diced fresh ripe pineapple


Garnish: 1 thinly sliced lime, and pineapple leaves

In a stainless steel or other nonreactive pitcher, combine wine, liqueur, brandy, and honey, stirring until honey is dissolved. Stir in pineapple. Let flavors infuse for at least 12 hours, refrigerated, before serving.

Serve over ice, including bits of fruit from the sangria. Garnish with lime slices and pineapple leaves.