Recipe and Photo by Chef Erin Coopey,

Halibut Tostadas with Melon Salsa

Serves: 4


  • ½ honeydew melon, peeled and finely diced
  • ½ c minced red onion
  • 1 c minced red bell pepper
  • ½ c chopped fresh cilantro
  • 3 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1 Tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 Tbsp finely minced lime zest, for garnish
  • 2 tsp lime-infused olive oil*
  • 2 halibut filets, each 6 to 8 oz., skin removed
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 4 thin corn tortillas, each 6 inches in diameter
  • Canola or Peanut oil for frying
  • sea salt (optional)


  1. In a medium mixing bowl, stir together the honeydew, red onion, red bell pepper and cilantro. Stir in the lime juice, rice wine vinegar and salt. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours before serving for best flavor.
  2. To make the tostadas, stack the tortillas in 2 equal piles. Cut each pile into 6 pie-shaped wedges, or small circles. Note: If you decide to cut small circles, you may need additional tortillas to make 24.
  3. Add oil to a deep fryer or heavy fry pan to a depth of at least 1 inch and heat to 375°F. Add the tortilla pieces a few at a time and fry, tossing them, until golden brown. Be careful not to let them darken or they will taste bitter. Lift out and drain on paper towels. Sprinkle with sea salt while still hot.
  4. Preheat an oven to 450°F. Season the halibut filets with salt and pepper to taste. Heat lime olive oil in an oven-proof sauté pan over medium-high heat.
  5. Add the filets and sear until the fish is pale gold, about 2 to 3 minutes. Turn the filets over and transfer the sauté pan to the oven and bake the filets until the flesh is opaque on the outside but still slightly translucent in the center, about 2 to 3 minutes. Cover loosely with aluminum foil to keep warm.
  6. When you are ready to serve, slice the filets cross-wise into thin wedges. Top each tostada with a wedge of halibut, top with a small spoonful of melon salsa and sprinkle with lime zest. Pour your guests a glass of Sauvignon Blanc and enjoy!

*Lime-infused olive oil is available in specialty stores. However, you can also make your own by adding lime zest directly to olive oil and heating the oil in a sauce pan on medium-low heat for 10 minutes.