The Best Halibut Recipes You Can Make – Barbara’s Cooking Guide

Eating healthy is a paradigm for every mother who cooks for her family. Fish is always a good choice when you want a healthy but tasteful meal. In my family, we tend to eat fish at least two times per week.

And, although my boys prefer a not so the healthy version of Fish 'n' Chips, I try to be a bit more creative. We all agree that the halibut tastes great when well-prepared, and therefore I have done a lot of research and tried out many recipes.

I have come up with few of my favorites. They tend to take some time and effort, but they make it all up in great taste!

It would be the best if your husband or a son could catch a fresh halibut, but the chances are that you are going to buy it. I prefer fillets to steaks, but they lose moisture very quickly, so be sure to wrap them in the foil before storing them in the fridge.

Try to choose a bit thicker fillets since they will remain soft and juicy after you bake them. Also, bear in mind that you have to add some liquid while cooking halibut, or else it will turn out dry.

1. Wine Halibut

My personal favorite, one cannot make a mistake when combining the fish and white wine. Do not be afraid to serve this dish to your children – all the alcohol evaporates during the baking. It is also very quick to prepare; it takes just 25 minutes, baking time included.

Ingredients​:

The ingredients you will need for a family of four are:

  • Four halibut fillets
  • ½ cup Chardonnay
  • Juice from two lemons
  • One tsp salt
  • One tsp pepper
  • Two tsp of Italian seasoning
  • Three minced cloves of garlic
  • Four tsp of olive oil.

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Preparation:

Oil a baking dish and lay the halibut fillets in it leaving just a little room for liquid. Season with salt and pepper.

Use a bowl to mix the white wine with lemon juice, garlic, seasoning and olive oil.

Pour the mixture over the halibut.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and bake the fillets for 20 minutes. When the time is up, remove the dish from the oven immediately and let it rest for about 10 to 15 minutes.

You can serve it with baked potatoes or rice pilaf. The adult members of your family can spice it up with the wine sauce.

2. Parmesan and Mayonnaise Halibut

This recipe can easily be used for almost any fish fillet, and it is also rather simple. The taste, however, is divine. My children especially appreciate the Parmesan, since they love it in their pasta.

Ingredients​:

The ingredients you will need for the family of four are:

  • Four halibut fillets
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • Six tsp lemon juice
  • Four tsp mayonnaise
  • Two minced garlic cloves
  • One tsp mustard
  • Two tsp grated Parmesan cheese
  • One sliced green onion and
  • (Optional) ¼ tsp Tabasco sauce

Preparation:

Once again you start with laying the halibut fillets in the baking dish. Season the fillets with salt and pepper and sprinkle with four tsp of lemon juice.

Bake for up to fifteen minutes in the oven preheated to 450 degrees (you can use an oven thermometer).

If the fillets are very thick, you can bake them a bit longer.

In the meantime, prepare the cheese topping by combining two tsp lemon juice, mayonnaise, garlic, Parmesan, Tabasco, mustard and the green onion.

Remove the fillets from the oven and turn it to broil. Spread the topping and return to the oven for another minute or two.

I serve it with roasted vegetables to add some color and nutrients.

3. Garden Halibut

This might be the healthiest halibut dish out there. I named it Garden halibut since I used all the vegetables from my garden while preparing it. It also takes longer to prepare, about 45 minutes to be exact. It is a colorful dish, a real eye catcher, that you can present to your guests too.

Ingredients​:

The ingredients you will need for the family of four are:

  • Four halibut steaks
  • Salt and ground pepper to taste
  • Three peeled and chopped tomatoes
  • One chopped green paper
  • One chopped onion
  • One chopped hot paper
  • Three tsp butter
  • Two tsp lemon juice
  • One teaspoon Tabasco sauce if you like it hot

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Preparation:

Use a lightly buttered baking dish and lay the halibut steaks. Salt and pepper the fish before you place it in the baking dish.

Mix tomato, green pepper, onion, and hot pepper and apply the mix on each fish steak.

Fuse lemon juice and Tabasco with the melted butter and sprinkle over fish steaks.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees and bake for roughly 25 minutes, basting with pan juices every 10 minutes.

This is a great recipe, just be sure to keep basting while it is in the oven, as often as possible or the halibut will turn out dry instead of flaky.

Extra tip from Barbara: you can substitute the halibut with the chicken breasts and enjoy a great chicken dish too.

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4. Halibut Pasta

As any other pasta, this recipe is a great choice when you have a large party of guests coming over. It can easily serve six adults, but it is also great for kids since all children like pasta. My boys will eat almost anything if I combine it with well-cooked pasta.

Ingredients​:

The ingredients you will need for the group of six:

  • One lb of halibut, cut into pieces
  • One onion
  • One green pepper
  • One cup sliced mushrooms
  • Two minced garlic cloves
  • Two stalks celery
  • Two sliced carrots
  • ½ cup of cut cauliflower
  • ½ cup broccoli floret
  • One sliced zucchini
  • One teaspoon oregano
  • Two teaspoons parsley
  • One teaspoon basil
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • One pack of pasta of your choice.

For the white sauce, you will need:

  • Two tablespoons of butter
  • Three tablespoons flour
  • One cup of milk
  • ½ cup half-and-half cream
  • One cup of grated Monterey jack cheese
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • One tablespoon chicken bouillon

Preparation:

Saute onion, mushrooms, pepper, garlic and celery for about five minutes.

Add all the sliced vegetables, stir and keep on the low heat until tender.

Season with oregano, parsley, basil, and pepper.

Finally, add halibut chunks and leave to simmer while you cook pasta and white sauce.

Melt butter and add flour, mix until well combined and then slowly add milk and half&half and stir until it becomes thick enough.

Add Monterey Jack Cheese, sour cream and chicken bouillon and stir until it becomes creamy. Pour the sauce over the fish and vegetable mixture and serve over pasta.

Halibut is a great fish, and you can combine it with almost anything.

Somewhat like a chicken, it is neutral yet tasteful. I have tried many combinations, and I have chosen these four recipes as my best halibut recipes.

I am still searching though and will gladly try out many more new recipes and maybe change my top four list. You should also explore and find out which halibut recipe is best for you.

Until then try out my best halibut recipes and enjoy a healthy meal with your family.

Barbara Whitney
 

For the last 20 years, I’ve been cooking, preparing, researching, and gathering recipes, tools, and knowledge about food and the way we prepare it. Raising two lively boys and spoiling one great husband later, it’s safe to say that I’ve optimized my kitchen to deliver the best possible meal, no matter the occasion.

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