One of the best and easiest ways to cook as halibut is putting it under your broiler.
The intense blast of heat does a great job of searing the outside while keeping the center moist and not overcooked. And because you’re cooking the fish for a short period of time, it is a great way to maintain its true flavor.
Health Benefits of Halibut
Halibut ranks one among our favorite white fish because it's both healthy and incredibly tasty.
It’s packed with heart-healthy nutrients including omega-3 fatty acids and micronutrients like niacin, phosphorus, magnesium, vitamin b12 and vitamin b6.
And while its filling, halibut is low in cholesterol and contains no carbohydrates, unless you decide to bread it (which is sometimes amazing).
Tips for Seasoning Your Halibut
Halibut, like most Alaskan seafood, benefits from a simple preparation, and the best way to enhance the flavor of the fish is to not overdo it with seasonings.
Generally, a simple seasoning like salt and black pepper and some sort of acid such as lemon juice does the trick. Most simple recipes would also require olive oil or butter to enhance the cook on your broiled halibut fillets in addition to garlic, green onions or shallots.
Obviously, you can put your own twist on it. Adding your favorite herbs like thyme or cilantro can help boost the flavor. If you’re looking for something with more flavor pop, we listed some of our favorite recipes at the bottom of this page.
But for now, we’re going to focus on a simple broil to get you started.
How To Broil Halibut in Three Simple Steps
1. Prep for Broiling
Pat the filet dry with either paper towels or a clean kitchen towel. This will remove any excess moisture from the fish and ensure a nice and crispy exterior.
The first thing to do when you’re planning to broil halibut (or any fish) is to get your oven ready. Turn the broil setting on to high. It should take the oven a few minutes to preheat.
To facilitate clean up after you're finished cooking, use a baking sheet with aluminum foil over it so you don’t have to dirty additional dishes.
2. Placing It In The Oven
Most ovens have three racks and the best place to put the fillet is on the top one to expose it to a fast and intense blast of heat.
However, if the fish looks like it is about to burn, you can do two things to keep it safe: either, cover the fillet with tin foil to prevent the top from charring, or move it to the middle rack of the oven. Try to avoid putting it on the oven’s bottom rack, as it won’t get the intense blast of heat which is intended when broiling fish.
A good rule of thumb is to broil 4 inches from the heat for 3‒4 minutes per 1/2 inch of thickness.
If your fish is 1-inch thick or more, carefully turn it halfway through cooking. If your halibut fillet has skin on, start it skin side down and finish with a sear on the skin to get that crispy texture.
You can tell that the filet is finished by pressing on it lightly with a fork. It should flake easily.
3. Serving and Finishing Your Halibut
Once the halibut is broiled to your liking, pull it out and let it rest for a few minutes before serving.
Halibut goes incredibly well with most simple sides, like veggies, potatoes or whatever else you can dream up. We also recommend to garnish with lemon wedges to give that acidic flavor center stage.
Below are some ideas to help you get started and round out your meal.
Broiled Halibut Recipes We Love
This broiled halibut with pea-ricotta puree is both simple and satisfying, and the smoked paprika gives the flavor profile some real personality.
This buttery halibut recipe with mayonnaise and cheese is a keto diet dream — it’s no wonder they call it Heavenly Halibut.
And if you’re looking for a tropical, healthy preparation, try this broiled halibut with mango avocado relish, accompanied here by cauliflower rice.
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