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6 Halibut Recipes to Take a Break from Salmon

February 26, 2024
Courtesy of The Defined Dish

As much as we love salmon, sometimes it’s nice to take a break and cook something else. In those moments, turn to halibut. It ticks all the boxes: It’s a mild, meaty white fish; it’s versatile; it’s rich in protein, vitamins D and B12, and omega-3 fats; and it’s sustainable. Given its mild flavor and firm texture, it stands up to most flavors and cooking methods. Here are six easy, tasty halibut recipes to get you started.

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1. Pan-Seared Halibut with Cherry Tomatoes & Basil

Halibut with tomatoes

Courtesy of Once Upon a Chef

Tomatoes and basil are a perfect combo, and that flavorful mix goes beautifully on crisp pan-seared halibut. This simple yet elegant dish is perfect for a quick weeknight dinner, but nice enough for company.

Try this recipe from Once Upon a Chef.

2. Pan-Seared Halibut with Lemon Caper Sauce

Halibut with lemon caper sauce

Courtesy of A Family Feast

If you enjoy chicken piccata, you’ll love this dish, which pairs halibut with lemon, capers, and butter. It’s bright, briny, and delicious – and on the table in less than 25 minutes.

Try this recipe from A Family Feast.

3. Miso Halibut in Parchment

Miso halibut in parchment

Courtesy of The Defined Dish

For a healthy and fuss-free meal, try cooking halibut en papillote, i.e., in parchment packets. It sounds complicated, but it couldn’t be simpler. In this recipe, you cook vegetables with the fish in the packets, and it includes miso paste, which adds depth and umami.

Try this recipe from The Defined Dish.

4. Coconut Lime-Crusted Halibut

Coconut-lime halibut

Courtesy of All Nutrition RD

Take a tropical break right from your kitchen with this tasty recipe. Coat halibut with a mix of panko, coconut, and lime zest, then bake until crisp on the outside and tender inside. It’s so simple, yet so tasty. A green salad with chopped mango or pineapple would go nicely on the side.

Try this recipe from All Nutrition RD.

5. Grilled Halibut with Mango Salsa

Grilled halibut with mango salsa

Courtesy of Cooking with Coit

Whether you’re grilling indoors or out, here’s a recipe for halibut that’s a real crowd pleaser. Combine sweet mango with red bell pepper, red onion, lime, and cilantro, and spoon it over the grilled fish for a refreshing yet hearty meal. Spoon it into warmed tortillas for taco night.

Try this recipe from Cooking with Coit.

6. Pesto-Crusted Halibut

Pesto-crusted halibut

Courtesy of Wild Thistle Kitchen

Pesto is such an easy way to add tons of flavor to a mild fish like halibut. Spread it on the fish, sprinkle with chopped walnuts, and before you know it, a healthy and delicious meal is on the table. Don’t forget the lemon wedges on the side. 

Try this recipe from Wild Thistle Kitchen.

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