[Chef Watson] Trial #11 : Halibut Fried Rice

This post is about testing recipes created by artificial intelligence, Chef Watson of IBM

It’s already been four years since I met these two guys on my trip to Barcelona.

Each of us had traveled to Barcelona alone, but a group of five quickly formed. We were joined by another friend met on the street in the Gothic area, and another who shared a room at the hostel. We shared unforgettable memories together, hanging out at a small restaurant in the street (I can’t even remember its name) to enjoy paella and sangria.
I threw a Spanish party to cook paella and tortillas at my home shortly after I returned from Barcelona, and invited the friends I met there. It’s already been four years ago, and it’s time to invite some of them again.

Well, this time, I found halibut on the market shelf at quite a good price.

Here’s Chef Watson’s suggestion to use halibut to make a filling dish: Halibut rice dish


Chef Watson referred the recipe of Bon Apetit’s Shrimp Friend Rice

Recipe and ingredients

4 servings

Ingredients of halibut fried rice
These are 2 servings, but the recipe in this post is based on 4 servings.
  • 2 cup brown rice
  • 212 oz halibuts
  • salt
  • 2 chopped, sliced plum tomatoes
  • 4 stemmed shiitake mushrooms
  • 212 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 14 cup drained, cooked cannellini bean
  • 1 seeded, chopped pepper
  • 2 clove chopped garlic
  • 20 quail egg (I couldn’t get quail eggs here, so I skipped this one)
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tsp toasted sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 114 tbsp balsamic vinegar


1. Heat 1⁄2 of the vegetable oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Season halibut with kosher salt and cook for about 3 minutes, turning it over once. Transfer to a plate.

Roasted halibuts

2. Heat the remaining vegetable oil in the same skillet, then add plum tomatoes, garlic, and peppers. Cook for about 1 minute, while stirring. Add brown rice and stir to coat.

Dalji: At this point, I used ‘cooked’ brown rice because I have had traumatic cooking experiences using brown rice. Whenever I used brown rice, it took quite a bit of time for it to be fully cooked and the other ingredients became burnt or dried while the brown rice cooked. 

Rice over sauted tomatoes

3. Push the brown rice to the side of the skillet, then add eggs to the other side and cook while stirring and working into the brown rice mixture for 1 to 2 minutes.

Dalji: As you can see, this recipe requires only a short amount of time to cook the brown rice. I think that Watson should indicate that ‘cooked’ brown rice should be used instead of ‘brown rice.’

Fried rice with eggs

4. Add cannellini beans, shiitake mushrooms, oyster sauce, balsamic vinegar, sesame oil, and cooked halibut. Cook for about 1 minute, tossing constantly. Top with plum tomatoes and greens.


Tadah! Fried rice topped with halibut made beautifully

In my personal opinion, it’s hard to mess up with halibuts unless you overcook them. Mi amigo liked this fried rice a lot (except for the one who doesn’t like cooked fish.. I should’ve asked him if there’s something he’s allergic to or dislikes). Fried rice was also hard to mess up, but if Watson suggested another type of grain (ex. white rice, barley, etc.), it would make sense to use it according to the whole recipe’s instructions. As I added cooked rice instead of fried rice, its stickiness and moisture didn’t go away, so the fried rice turned out to be… something between porridge and fried rice.

Shopping list for this recipe

  • Halibuts: 9,800 won
  • Shiitake mushrooms: 2,990 won
  • Cannellini beans: 900 won
  • tomato : 1,000 won


Total : 14,690 won (12.35 USD)
I admit that this recipe is quite a safe choice, unlike my other choices. But Watson, I’d like to give you a thumbs up. Good choice of ingredients except for the grain.

For those whom it may concern, I’m not related to IBM or Chef Watson. It is my personal interest to test how artificial intelligence decodes the way chefs create recipes and I want to see if this service can be offered to everyone in the near future.


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