Butter Basted Pan Seared Halibut

Butter Basted Pan Seared Halibut

Posted by Sena Wheeler on


Butter Basted Pan Seared Halibut

Next time you crave a gourmet meal at home, this easy pan seared halibut recipe is the one for you. Cooking halibut at home is easier than you think. With just a few simple ingredients you will be enjoying this sweet white fish. Halibut, renowned for its mild flavor, takes center stage in this recipe.  Pan-searing halibut is simple to do. Halibut is a lean fish that cooks quickly. You can add a fresh lemon juice or lemon zest over the top, and serve with a simple side vegetable.

Ingredients :

  • 3 fresh halibut fillets (6 oz each)
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • Fresh lemon wedges for serving
  • Fresh herbs for garnish (optional)


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F to prepare for finishing the halibut fillets after searing.
  2. Pat the halibut fillets dry with paper towels to remove any excess moisture. This step ensures a golden sear and prevents steaming.
  3. Add a drizzle of canola oil to the halibut and coat on both sides. This will help the seasoning stick.
  4. Season both sides of the halibut fillets generously with salt and black pepper. Set aside while you heat the pan.
  5. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. You can use a nonstick skillet , a cast iron skillet, or a stainless steel skillet for this recipe.
  6. Once the skillet is hot, add the canola oil. Allow the oil to become hot.
  7. Carefully place the seasoned halibut fillets in the skillet, skin side up, ensuring they are not overcrowded. Cook for 2-3 minutes on the first side until a golden brown crust forms.
  8. Using spatula gently flip the halibut fillets and add the remaining butter to the skillet.
  9. Tilt the skillet slightly to get the butter to the bottom of the pan and use a spoon baste the halibut fillets with the melted butter. Basting helps to keep the fish moist and flavorful.
  10. Transfer the skillet to the preheated oven and continue cooking the halibut for 5-7 minutes, or until the fish is cooked through and flakes easily with a fork. The internal temperature should reach 145°F (63°C).
  11. Once cooked, remove the skillet from the oven and let the halibut rest for a few minutes before serving. This allows the juices to redistribute and ensures a tender texture.
  12. Serve the cooked halibut hot. Place fish on a plate and garnish with fresh lemon wedges and herbs if desired.

This pan-seared halibut recipe offers a delightful balance of simplicity and sophistication, making it perfect for special occasions or a weeknight meal. With its tender texture and buttery flavor, it’s sure to become a favorite in your repertoire of seafood recipes. Enjoy!

Thank you to The Perks Of Being Us for this recipe!

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