Halibut steaks are cross cuts of halibut. Cook them with the skin on, and then remove skin and pin bones before serving. Whether you make them simply or serve them with a sauce, halibut steaks make a delicious main course. Try one (or more!) of these simple halibut recipes that take only a few minutes to prepare.
Basic Baked Halibut Steak
This is the most basic recipe for a baked halibut steak. Cooking the halibut with milk can help remove any fishiness it can develop if it isn't fresh from the ocean. This recipe serves 4.
- 2 pounds halibut steak
- Butter or other fat
- Pepper and salt
- 1 cup milk
- Hollandaise or Bearnaise sauce
- Rub steaks well with butter or other fat, pepper and salt.
- Lay steaks in baking pan and pour the milk over them.
- Baste often while cooking until all the milk is used.
- Serve with the sauce spooned over the top
Roasted Halibut Steak in Parchment
Roasting halibut steaks wrapped in parchment keeps the fish moist as it cooks and allows the herbs to flavor it. This recipe serves 4.
- 4 large pieces of parchment paper
- 4 6-ounce halibut steaks
- Sea salt
- Freshly cracked black pepper
- 2 lemons, cut into 4 wedges each
- 8 thyme springs
- 8 pats of unsalted butter
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Place the halibut in the center of each square of parchment.
- Season the fish generously with salt and pepper.
- Top each piece with 2 sprigs of thyme.
- Place 2 pats of butter on top of the thyme on each piece of fish.
- Squeeze the juice of one lemon wedge over each piece and then put that lemon wedge and a second one on top of the halibut.
- Wrap the parchment around the halibut, sealing it completely. Place each packet on a rimmed baking sheet.
- Bake in the preheated oven until the fish is opaque and flaky, approximately 15 to 20 minutes.
Orange Dill Halibut Steaks
Halibut steaks are tasty with orange juice and fresh dill. Red pepper flakes add a dash of heat. The recipe serves 4.
- Juice of 2 oranges
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 2 tablespoons minced shallot
- 2 tablespoons chopped, fresh dill
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/8 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
- Pinch of red pepper flakes (or more for more heat)
- 4 6-ounce halibut steaks
- 4 sprigs of dill for garnish
- Orange slices for garnish
- Preheat your oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
- In a shallow pan, whisk together the orange juice, mustard, olive oil, shallot, chopped fresh dill, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes.
- Place the halibut steaks in the marinade and let them rest, refrigerated, for 15 minutes, turning them once.
- Remove the halibut from the marinade and put it on a rimmed baking sheet.
- Brush each piece of fish the marinade.
- Bake in the preheated oven until the fish is opaque and flaky, about 15 minutes.
- Garnish with dill and orange slices to serve.
Fish, especially a delicate white fish like halibut, is best when it is very fresh and served immediately. However, if you do have leftovers, you can store them tightly sealed in a zipper bag in the fridge for a day or two. Eat any leftovers as soon as you can.
Because halibut is so light, it is the perfect summer meal and pairs well with seasonal veggies or salads. Try any of the following as sides to your halibut:
- Roasted brussels sprouts make a flavorful side dish and are quick and easy to prepare.
- Kale salad is light, tasty, and nutritious.
- A traditional Caesar salad is a simple and tasty side option.
- Herb roasted potatoes are a classic side for fish that are especially good when potatoes are in season and fresh from the garden.
- Pasta salad can be another good option for adding a starch to your meal.
- For a heartier meal, serve the halibut with a classic risotto and steamed veggies.
Fish for Dinner
Halibut is a delicate fish that makes a delicious main course that can be simple to prepare. Baking it in the oven is an excellent way to preserve its flavors and delicate texture.