10+ Best Halibut Recipes

10+ Best Halibut Recipes

Delicious Halibut Recipes for Fresh or Frozen Fish

Spring is the season for halibut here on the West Coast and I bet a few of you will be looking for some delicious fresh halibut recipes. Halibut is one of my favourite fish, its light flavour, firm texture and speed of cooking are great. It is low in fat and full of good vitamins. Many are probably familiar with it in fish and chips but when you get it fresh, it’s great to cook it up in other ways that won’t hide the delicate fish. These halibut recipes are all quick and easy without sacrificing flavour-a total win! (A quick note-because halibut is low fat, it is best cooked lightly and for a short period of time to maintain it’s moisture.)

Best Halibut Recipes-Fast Easy Delicious
Best Halibut Recipes-Fast Easy Delicious

Did You Know I Used To Commercial Fish?

It’s true and I loved it! As a deckhand for over 12 years, I fished for halibut, salmon, prawns and shrimp as well as sport fishing for cod, crabs and digging for clams in my time off.

Sabrina Halibut Fishing In BC (Circa Sometime in the 1990's)
Sabrina Halibut Fishing In BC (Circa Sometime in the 1990’s)

I loved the adventure, the anticipation of the catch and the peaceful solitude of cruising through inlets and islands that very few people get to see and experience. Exploring old coastal villages, experiencing dramatic storms and watching grizzly bears from the safety of the boat is definitely something I miss. (Check out the bear I caught multi-tasking below lol)

Grizzly Bear Up Knights Inlet Doing His business (Glendale)
Grizzly Bear Up Knights Inlet

Halibut Are Seasonal

Just like fruit and vegetables, fish are seasonal. Limits for fishing time and amount of each species caught are set to optimize fish stocks. Spawning time, time to maturity and numbers of each species are taken into account among other factors, to determine how much fish can be caught and when. Halibut season usually begins late winter and that is the best time to buy them fresh and at their peak but this fish freezes well and can be bought frozen year round. Halibut is a sustainable and Oceanwise fish (Here is a great infographic list of Oceanwise fish). Below is a collection of some of my favourite Canadian halibut recipes, I hope you enjoy our West Coast bounty.

Halibut Cheeks With Lemon Pasta

Halibut cheeks are small scallop-like chunks of meat from the head of the halibut. This first recipe is my own and I entered this recipe into a recipe contest hosted by Locals Restaurant on Vancouver Island and won 2nd place! If you buy a whole halibut, be sure not to waste these delicious little morsels, they have great texture and flavour.

Halibut Cheeks on Arugula and Lemon Pasta with Strawberry Hazelnut Salad
Healthy Easy Fast Recipe
Halibut Cheeks on Arugula and Lemon Pasta with Strawberry Hazelnut Salad

Paleo Halibut Recipe With Lemon Piccata Asparagus Salad

Golden crispy Paleo fish fillets with light and refreshing lemon caper sauce. Perfect for quick easy weeknight meals and hot summer days with it’s zesty bright sauce.

Paleo Halibut Recipe Lemon Piccata Asparagus Salad Healthy Easy Crispy

Roasted Halibut With Tomatoes, Peppers and Olives

This yummy meal is low in fat, carbs, and calories, but high in protein, and gluten free. It’s easily adapted for a Whole 30 or Paleo diet. I would serve this healthy baked fish with some crusty bread or rice pilaf and a nice white wine…you’ll be living large with very little effort.

Roasted Halibut With Tomatoes, Peppers and Olives Whole 30 Paleo Diet Friendly High Protein Healthy

Sheet Pan Alaska Halibut Recipe with Avocado Tomato Salsa

Sheet Pan Alaskan Halibut with Avocado Tomato Salsa is an easy and quick dinner recipe that the whole family will love. High in protein and nutrients, this sheet pan dinner also makes for easy clean up! Plus, the corn, tomato and avocado salsa on top is the best!

Sheet Pan Halibut Recipe with Avocado Tomato Salsa Easy Quick

Pan Seared Halibut With Creamed Spinach

This restaurant-style dish is easier to make than you might think. Crispy pan fried halibut with a rich yet healthy side of spinach. Full of flavour with no guilt makes this a win for me 🙂

Pan Seared Halibut With Creamed Spinach Easy Recipe

Poached Halibut Salad With Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette

Simple poached fish with fresh salad greens is the perfect way to get a spring-ish vibe going in your kitchen ~ it’s healthy, gluten free, dairy free, low carb, Paleo, Whole 30 and delicious! I love a dish that’s as beautiful as it is tasty, this would make a wonderful dish to serve company.

Poached Halibut Salad With Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette Recipe

Crumb Crusted Baked Halibut With Quick Lemon Beurre Blanc

Halibut with a light and flavorful bread crumb topping is a delicious and easy recipe. The lemon beurre blanc kicks this up into restaurant territory while still being an easy recipe.

Crumb Crusted Halibut recipe with Quick Easy Beurre Blanc

Macadamia Nut Crusted Halibut With Mango Sauce

A simple combination of dry roasted salted macadamia nuts and panko bread crumbs gives this fish the perfect crispy coating. ( I love crispy fish!) The sauce is made with pear juice, fresh ripe mango, lime juice and cream-a sweet, creamy and delicious highlight! If you prefer dairy-free, you can use coconut cream!

Halibut In Parchment With Warm Date And Apricot Salad

Have you ever steamed fish in parchment? It’s a game changer! This recipe for tasty African–inspired Halibut in Parchment with Warm Date and Apricot Salad is creative, fresh and mouth watering! Parchment cooking (en papillote) is a classic French way to maintain moisture and is much easier than you might think.

Halibut en papillote (in parchment) recipe with date and apricot salad

Grilled Halibut over Greens with Verjus White Truffle Vinaigrette

I love this creative recipe inspired by and designed around PNW halibut. Verjus is a tart, fresh non-alcoholic juice pressed from unripe wine grapes – essentially a very young white wine without the alcohol and paired with a little truffle oil makes a rich and delicious salad dressing.

Grilled Halibut recipe over Greens with Verjus and White Truffle Vinaigrette Easy PNW dish


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