Moist, mild-tasting halibut is an unchallenging fish. It’s well-liked, easy to find, and takes well to a variety of preparations. Here are 8 recipes that show off halibut’s versatility and deliciousness. Shopping tip: Consult the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch list for recommended sources.
1. Halibut with Spicy Lemon-Thyme Vinaigrette
It’s a self-contained meal, healthy and tasty: steamed potatoes, wilted kale, and seared fresh halibut, all drizzled with a unifying vinaigrette that has both brightness and heat. Get our Halibut with Spicy Lemon-Thyme Vinaigrette recipe.
2. Cilantro-Ginger Halibut
Healthy and vivid tasting, steamed halibut gets a spoonful of Indian-inspired “pesto.” It’s a fresh chutney, actually, with cilantro, a knob of ginger, garlic, and jalapeño. Get our Cilantro-Ginger Halibut recipe.
3. Halibut Salad with Avocado and Chickpeas
Cold, flaked halibut—poached Niçoise-style—sits atop a healthy, dead-simple salad dressed with Dijon mustard, lemon, cilantro, and olive oil. Get our Halibut Salad with Avocado and Chickpeas recipe.
4. Halibut with Watercress Pesto and Cannellini Beans
Broiled halibut fillets crowned with lemon sit on white beans flecked with sweet peppers, tossed with a pestolike sauce made with watercress. Get our Halibut with Watercress Pesto and Cannellini Beans recipe.
5. Halibut with Orange-Parsley Butter and Succotash
Grilled halibut is topped with a citrus compound butter flecked with green, and served over a vibrant, summery succotash of lima beans, black-eyed peas, and corn. Get our Halibut with Orange-Parsley Butter and Succotash recipe.
5. Pan-Seared Halibut with Wine-Braised Leeks
Braise thinly sliced leeks in a mixture of chicken broth, white wine vinegar, butter, and herbs until they’re soft and almost melting. Just before the leeks are ready, sear the halibut. Get our Pan-Seared Halibut with Wine-Braised Leeks recipe.
6. Cornhusk-Grilled Halibut with Charred Corn Salsa
For this cool use of corn on the cob, halibut fillets are wrapped up in the husks and grilled, served with a salsa made from the grilled kernels. Brilliant! Get our Cornhusk-Grilled Halibut with Charred Corn Salsa recipe.
7. Baked Halibut Puttanesca
Fish fillets baked in a super-zesty sauce of tomatoes, onion, anchovy, red pepper flakes, capers, and kalamata olives. Instead of puttanesca’s usual pasta, we swapped in crunchy crostini. Get our Baked Halibut Puttanesca recipe.
8. Halibut Ceviche with Watermelon
Lime juice–cured fish is tossed with tomatoes, red onion, cucumber, watermelon, and cilantro, for the brightest taste of summer imaginable. Get our Halibut Ceviche with Watermelon recipe.