Simple pan fried halibut

Simple pan fried halibut


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About this recipe: I don't like to mess around with fish too much, so I usually just cook it with olive oil, salt, pepper and a little lemon juice - that's it. This is a very simple recipe and is totally healthy 'fast food'.

geneviever Hampshire, England, UK

Serves: 1 

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon salted butter
  • salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 1 (5cm thick) fillet fresh halibut
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

Prep:5min  ›  Cook:14min  ›  Ready in:19min 

  1. In a frying pan over a high heat warm the oil and melt the butter. Season the base of the pan where the fish will lay. Once the pan is hot, add the fish skin side down and allow to cook for a few minutes at this high heat. This gets a nice sear on the skin.
  2. Reduce the heat, season the fish with salt and pepper and sprinkle on a little lemon juice. Allow to cook like this for about 10 minutes, depending on the thickness of the fillet (mine was about 5cm thick). Cook on each side for several minutes, then flip and cook the top for a few minutes. The fish is ready when it is evenly white throughout yet still juicy and tender, and flakes easily with a fork. Remove from the pan and serve immediately.

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Not really a recipe, more a method but I don't cook halibut that often so timings were helpful. Served with buttered new potatoes, spinach and courgettes. Very enjoyable supper. - 12 Nov 2015

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