Pictured: Halibut with Watercress Pesto and Cannellini Beans recipe from CHOW
Halibut–it’s not just for the hell of it! It’s high in protein and Omega-3 fatty acids, low in fat, and mild in flavor. Wild Alaskan halibut is certified sustainable. And–best of all–it’s so versatile. From fish and chips to Asian broths, check out these awesome halibut recipes to perk up your seafood repertoire.
1. Baked Halibut Puttanesca with Crostini
This spicy, savory recipe keeps halibut moist by baking it gently in tomato sauce. Just toast your crostini, bake the fish in this sauce packed with briny olives and salty anchovies, and before you know it, you will have a new twist on an old favorite that will have your family clamoring for more! Get our Baked Halibut Puttanesca with Crostini recipe.
2. Fish and Chips
One of the best uses for halibut is fish and chips. The fish stays moist inside this puffy, crispy beer batter, and once the batter comes together, the dish is ready in a flash. Serve it with freshly fried potatoes, tangy malt vinegar, and a creamy coleslaw. It will be a taste of merry olde England right in your kitchen. Get the recipe here.
3. Asian-Spiced Halibut
For those who have invested in a sous vide machine, this recipe is a keeper. Halibut is marinated in soy, sesame, and lime before being plied with aromatics like cilantro and green onions. It’s then cooked gently in a vacuum sealed bag in a water bath before being served over rice. It’s tender, it’s fragrant, and it’s a showstopper! Get the recipe here.
4. Halibut with Orange-Parsley Butter and Succotash
This summery recipe pulls out the grill and all of summer’s fresh produce. Freshly grilled halibut is topped with a verdant, tangy compound butter and then laid over a bacon and corn filled succotash. Feel free to supplement the succotash with your garden’s vegetables for a personalized touch. Get our Halibut with Orange-Parsley Butter and Succotash recipe.
5. Halibut Cakes
These golden brown cakes take some time to make but are well worth the effort. The halibut is gently poached and chilled before being flaked with a fork and mixed with mustard, miso, panko, and aromatics like green onions and cilantro. It’s then coated in cornmeal and shallow fried until it is crispy without and creamy within. This Asian-inflected dish would be delicious with some sriracha-tinged tartar sauce. Get the recipe here.
6. Grilled Halibut with Lemon-Basil Vinaigrette
Because who doesn’t have extra basil exploding out of their gardens by the end of the summer? This simple recipe relies on fresh halibut, garlic, basil, capers, and little else. Add in some olive oil and seasonings and you have a gourmet dinner with ingredients that are already in your fridge or backyard. Get the recipe here.
7. Panko-Parmesan Crusted Halibut
Fish fingers aren’t just for kids anymore! Coat hunks of halibut in garlicky, parmesan-infused panko breadcrumbs and then bake until golden brown. They are crispy outside, mild in flavor, and perfect with tartar sauce or atop fresh greens topped with a lemony or Caesar dressing. Get the recipe here.
8. Pan-Roasted Halibut with Caper Vinaigrette
This halibut is tender with an uber-crispy skin from being roasted quickly in a screaming hot pan and then finished in the oven. It’s then topped with a lemony, creamy caper dressing. Serve with a lightly dressed salad and crisp white wine for an elegant dinner party entrée. Get our Pan-Roasted Halibut with Caper Vinaigrette recipe.
9. Pita-Crusted Halibut
Perfect for those pita chip crumbles at the bottom of the bag! This would also work well with tortilla chips or potato chips–let your imagination run wild! Serve with risotto or mashed potatoes. Get the recipe here.
10. Oven-Roasted Halibut with Cherry Tomatoes and Thyme
This low carb recipe is so delicious that you won’t even realize that it’s healthy. Halibut is tossed with lemon juice, wine, and thyme butter and then baked with sautéed cabbage and fresh tomatoes. The result is elegant and subtle–ideal for a dinner for one or a huge party. Get the recipe here.
11. Parchment-Baked Halibut with Cilantro and Ginger
Baking halibut in parchment seals in the moisture and flavor without adding a lot of extra fat. Simply place the fish with cilantro, ginger, and olive oil in a parchment pouch. Then, seal the pouch and bake gently in the oven. The fish emerges juicy, fragrant, and delicious. Get the recipe here.
Sarah Spigelman Richter is a New York City–based writer, blogger, and social media manager. She has developed recipes for Tabasco, blogs about her favorite restaurants and recipes at Fritos and Foie Gras, and can be found, most Friday nights, watching "Arrested Development" reruns.