Pan-Seared Halibut Cheeks with an Orange Sauce

    20 min

    Halibut cheeks are one of those delicacies that could just pass you by. If you try them, you will love them. This simple recipe, brings out the delicious flavour and texture of the halibut cheeks, by pan-searing them and drizzling them with a tangy, zesty orange sauce just before serving.

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    Serves: 2 

    • 4 tablespoons fresh orange juice
    • 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh coriander
    • 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh root ginger
    • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
    • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
    • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
    • 1/4 teaspoon crushed chillies
    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • 4 (75g) halibut cheeks

    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Ready in:20min 

    1. Whisk the orange juice, coriander, ginger, garlic, soy sauce, sesame oil and crushed chillies together in a small bowl; set aside.
    2. Heat the olive oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat. Cook the halibut cheeks until golden brown on each side, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Pour the orange juice mixture into the frying pan and bring to the boil. Reduce heat to medium and simmer until the halibut flakes easily with a fork and the sauce has thickened slightly. Remove halibut cheeks to a plate and drizzle with orange sauce to serve.

    Halibut cheeks

    You may need to place a special order with your local fishmonger/fish department for these.

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    Wow! Tasty,quick and easy. No cilantro at home, so used italian parsley. Make sure fish are very dry before going in the pan - extra moisture adds to the time to thicken the sauce and leads to leathery fish. Well, as leathery as halibut cheeks can get.  -  25 Nov 2009  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This is an outstanding recipe! I added a tsp of orange zest and an extra Tbs of fresh squeezed OJ and it was dynamite! Served with black rice drizzled with sesame oil and snap peas, a new favorite. Thanks!  -  01 Apr 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Oh my this is SOOOO good!! Halibut is expensive but its wonderful in this recipe! Perfect paired with some brown rice! I used frozen halibut fillets that i thawed out and it was magnificent!  -  02 May 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)