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How To Cook Halibut In A Pan

Pan-seared Halibut with Lemon Butter Sauce (4 Servings)

  • Author: Bobby



For the Lemon Butter Sauce


  1. Blot the halibut fillets dry with paper towels to promote equal browning. Paprika, garlic powder, black pepper, and sea salt should be sprinkled on both sides of the fish. After doing this, set the halibut fillets aside.
  2. Heat the olive oil over a medium-high heat level for about 2 minutes in a large skillet.
  3. Place the halibut fillets in a uniform layer (if all of the fish fillets won’t fit in one single layer, you can cook them in batches). Sear the halibut fillets for 3 to 4 minutes, without moving them, until the edges are opaque. Cook them for another 2 to 4 minutes on the other side until cooked through.
  4. Remove the fillets from the pan and wrap them tightly in foil to keep the fish warm.
  5. Squeeze the lemon juice from both halves of the Lemon into the pan using a lemon squeezer. Bring this juice to a simmer, then decrease to low heat and continue to cook for 3 to 4 minutes, making sure to stir frequently, until the volume has been reduced by half. Even so, the lemon butter sauce will have a thin consistency.
  6. Using a pastry brush, smear a bit of lemon butter sauce over each dish containing the halibuts. Place the pan-seared halibut fillets on the sauce and drizzle with additional sauce.

This recipe for pan-seared halibut results in delicious and flavorful fish, and it’s also a healthy meal option. The total cooking time for this recipe is 15 minutes, including a prep time of 5 minutes and a cook time of 10 minutes.

The lemon butter sauce also makes for a delicious accompaniment to the pan-seared halibut fillets, and we’re sure you and your loved ones will enjoy it. If you need more recipe ideas for cooking halibut in a pan, watch this recipe.