17 Foolproof Ways to Cook Halibut
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Cooking seafood can feel like a daunting task — but with the right fish, it’s easy. As long as you know how to buy and store your seafood and have a few good recipes on hand, you’ll never have to worry. There are a lot of great options to choose from but we like halibut because it’s tender and mild, known for its subtly sweet flavor. It’s also one of the easiest fish to grill. And, did we mention it’s great in everything from curry to fish tacos? If you’re looking for a few recipes to get you started, you’re in the right place. You can’t go wrong with any of the ideas in this roundup but start here, with this dish that screams 'summer'. Juicy heirlooms are a bed for the fish and sweet cherry tomatoes are lightly charred to give the vinaigrette a subtle smoky flavor. Serve with grilled country bread rubbed with garlic, a crunchy salad or buttery corn on the cob for a memorable meal.
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Halibut Fish Tacos with Cilantro Savoy Slaw
Switch things up on Tuesdays with this crowdpleasing recipe! Instead of chicken or beef, marinate a piece of halibut; it's the perfect filling for crispy tortillas.
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Baked Halibut with Wine and Herbs
Keep it simple with fresh herbs and a little wine. We promise you'll love the results!
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Prosciutto-Wrapped Halibut with Brussels Sprouts and Kale Couscous
Is anything wrapped in prosciutto automatically 10 times better? Yes. Halibut included!
Cumin-Seared Halibut with Sweet Corn Sauce
Chef Freddie J. Bitsoie says, "Northern Pacific halibut is my fish of choice to have in the warmer months. It is a flat fish and deserves special care when handling. Since it can be a little more expensive, I save it for special occasions. The sauce relies on corn, which is very important to Native American culture and recipes. Use blue corn if you can get ahold of it. Otherwise, sweet corn is a great go-to".
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Seared Halibut with Brussels Sprout Hash
A quick-and-easy apple cider pan sauce brings the flavors of a hearty vegetable hash and seared fish fillets together perfectly.
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Thai-Style Halibut with Coconut-Curry Broth
Your fish will never be dry again with Ellie’s flavorful coconut curry sauce.
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Pistachio-Crusted Halibut with Roasted Broccolini
While there are a variety of za’atar spice blends, the majority of them include oregano, thyme, sumac and sesame seeds, making it a great short cut ingredient that imparts a lot of flavor. Za’atar, lemon zest and pistachio are mixed with panko to coat the halibut, giving this mild fish plenty of delicious fresh flavor with a crunch.
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Panko-Crusted Halibut with Swiss Chard
Panko-crusting fish is one of our favorite techniques. It’s simple to do and adds a wonderful texture to the finished dish.
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Bouillabaisse with Seared Halibut
The homemade garlicky rouille guarantees a moist and flavorful meal.
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Pan-Seared Halibut with Soppressata and Fennel
Take advantage of the saltiness and spiciness of the cured ham and use it to up the flavor of the broth for the fish.
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Halibut Green Curry
For a guaranteed tender, flavorful piece of fish, bake in a foil pack sealed with the homemade green curry sauce.
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Roasted Halibut with Saffron-Fennel Butter
The aromas of the fennel, saffron and garlic add a nice balance to a sweet, delicate fish.
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Basil Rubbed Halibut with Puttanesca Relish
Trust us, you're going to relish the Puttanesca relish in this recipe! Bobby’s secret weapon? He uses anchovy paste to lock in some amazing flavor.
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Slow Roasted Halibut
This seafood medley also includes clams — the perfect bonus to an already delicious meal. Chef Symon uses the clam cooking liquid in the beurre blanc sauce to amp up the sweet-and-briny flavor.
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Halibut en Papillote
Not only is this dish a perfect blend of flavors, it’s also so easy to make! You can prep ahead of time and pop it in the oven (parchment and all) and have dinner ready in a flash.
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Broiled Halibut with Summer Herbs
When you need a simple, summer meal, this is your new go-to. It’s fresh and flavorful, made with just a handful of ingredients — and ready in 25 minutes!
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