Butter-Poached Halibut

I like to serve my halibut simply poached in butter, with some fresh wedges of lemon, crunchy salt, and a bit of dill for color. Adapted with permission from "Taste & Technique: Recipes to Elevate Your Home Cooking," by Naomi Pomeroy, © 2016. Published by Ten Speed Press, a division of Penguin Random House, Inc.
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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 40 min
  • Active: 30 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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2 pounds unsalted butter

2 teaspoons salt

4 5-oz halibut fillets


Lemon wedges

Crunchy salt



  1. Clarify the butter: Preheat oven to 350 F. In a 4-quart, oven-safe saucepan, melt butter over medium heat and bring to a simmer, 5-7 minutes. Once white foam (milk solids) begins to form on the top, skim it off with a small ladle or spoon. Reduce heat to medium-low and continue skimming the milk solids until the butter is clear. Pour the clarified butter through a cheesecloth-lined strainer to catch the smaller milk solids. Set aside to cool to 155 F.
  2. Poach the fish: Season the fish on all sides with salt, about ¼ teaspoon per fillet. Gently lower the halibut into the clarified butter so all four fillets are submerged. Place the fish in the oven and bake, uncovered, 8 minutes.
  3. Assemble the dish: Fish is done when it’s firm but not hard to the touch. Use a slotted spoon to remove the fish, drain off the butter, and plate. Serve with lemon wedges, crunchy salt, and dill.
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