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  • Seafood
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  • Flatfish
  • Halibut

I don't like to mess around with fish too much, so I usually just cook it with olive oil, salt, pepper and a little lemon juice - that's it. This is a very simple recipe and is totally healthy 'fast food'.

Hampshire, England, UK

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IngredientsServes: 1

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon salted butter
  • salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 1 (5cm thick) fillet fresh halibut
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

MethodPrep:5min ›Cook:14min ›Ready in:19min

  1. In a frying pan over a high heat warm the oil and melt the butter. Season the base of the pan where the fish will lay. Once the pan is hot, add the fish skin side down and allow to cook for a few minutes at this high heat. This gets a nice sear on the skin.
  2. Reduce the heat, season the fish with salt and pepper and sprinkle on a little lemon juice. Allow to cook like this for about 10 minutes, depending on the thickness of the fillet (mine was about 5cm thick). Cook on each side for several minutes, then flip and cook the top for a few minutes. The fish is ready when it is evenly white throughout yet still juicy and tender, and flakes easily with a fork. Remove from the pan and serve immediately.

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Not really a recipe, more a method but I don't cook halibut that often so timings were helpful. Served with buttered new potatoes, spinach and courgettes. Very enjoyable supper.-12 Nov 2015

Pan Seared Halibut with Brown Butter Garlic Sauce

Elevate your typical weeknight dinner routine by making this pan seared halibut with brown butter sauce recipe. Halibut fillets are seared to perfection with mouthwatering ingredients like shallots, garlic, and white wine. Topped with deliciously browned butter, you won’t find a halibut recipe better than this one!

The Best Halibut Recipe: This Easy Pan-Seared Halibut Recipe Is Simple by 30Seconds Food

When it comes to fish recipes, sometimes simple is the best way to go. This easy pan-seared halibut recipe is crispy and flavored with just a hint of lemon. Perfection.

Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes to come to temperature
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 23 minutes


  • 2 halibut fillets (about 8 ounces each)
  • 1 lemon, cut in half
  • 1/4 cup grapeseed oil or vegetable oil, for cooking

Here's how to make it:

  1. Take the fish out of the refrigerator about 15 minutes before cooking.
  2. When ready to cook, season the fish with sea salt and pepper.
  3. Heat the oil in a nonstick pan over medium-high heat. Add the fish and cook until golden. Reduce heat to medium and cook about 4 minutes.
  4. Flip the fish over and continue to cook until cooked through, about 2 to 4 minutes.
  5. Squeeze a little lemon juice over the fish. Serve immediately.

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Southern Pan-Fried Halibut

You only need a few simple ingredients to yield a quick and tasty Southern Pan-Fried Halibut, and this recipe holds true. Even better, these cornmeal-coated fish fillets fry up in just three minutes!


  • 2 1 / 2 pounds halibut
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 1 / 2 cup cornmeal


  1. Cut halibut into serving pieces.
  2. Heat shortening in skillet over medium heat.
  3. Mix salt and cornmeal roll fish in cornmeal mixture.
  4. Place in hot shortening in skillet fry for 3 minutes or until delicately browned.
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Pay attention when cooking the fish!

I cook this pan fried halibut in a hot pan. It is essential that you get a nice crispy brown crust while not overcooking the fish.

So watch it! The fish will cook through quite quickly. Overcook it and it will fall apart.

It’s all about checking it as it cooks. You really can’t go wrong as long as you get the fish off the heat just as soon as it is cooked through.

Get your dry ingredients together and mix well.

Get thick cuts of halibut and remove the skin.

Place the fish fillets in a bowl and marinate with the garlic and ginger, salt and lemon juice.

Coat the halibut with the flour/spice mixture and brush off any excess.

Fry on one side for about three minutes and then flip.

Cook on the other side until the fish is just cooked through. Three to five minutes should do.

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With succulent flavor, perfect texture, like a steak with butter but much lighter, it’s no wonder halibut are known as the fish for people who don’t like seafood. This pan-seared halibut recipe is easy and elegant. This video walks you through the steps.

  • 1-2 Alaska Gold™ halibut portions
  • 1 avocado diced
  • 1 mango, diced
  • ½ sweet red onion, finely diced
  • 1 tbsp. Salt & Pepper,
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 bunch greens

Thaw the halibut portions by leaving 24 hours in refrigerator in package. After thawing the halibut, don’t forget to pat it down with a paper towel, an often overlooked and underestimated step.

Rub halibut portions with oil and a dash of salt & pepper. (We used pink peppercorns in our recipe video, giving the halibut a pretty touch for a special occasion.)

Heat a cast-iron skillet to medium high and cook

4 minutes per side. Halibut should have a browned edge.*

Plate halibut with a handful of greens and mango avocado mixture on top.

* The most common mistake made when cooking fish is overcooking and this is especially true for halibut. Remember that your fish keeps on cooking after you have removed it from the heat, so pull it earlier than you think.

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Method 2: Remove your fish from the freezer the night before you want to prepare it. Unwrap fish from plastic vacuum sealed pouch. Place fish on plate with saran wrap over it, then place the fish in the refrigerator. It should be ready to cook by the next evening.

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Rinse fish under cold water and pat dry. Coat fish with some olive oil. Sprinkle kosher salt , pepper and dill on both sides of fish. Let rest for about 20 minutes.

Heat frying pan to high and add about 1 TBS olive oil.

Add fish fillet and lower heat to medium. It is at this point you can add 2 tsp butter to the pan (optional). Cook fish for about 3-4 minutes on one side depending on the thickness.

Turn fish over and cook for an additional 3-4 minutes or until fish is cooked through and flakes easily. Squeeze some lemon over the fish.

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