Pan Seared Halibut

by Alli

A few days ago, my husband stopped by our favorite seafood shop to purchase some fresh fish. They had fresh halibut so I prepared pan-seared halibut for dinner. Halibut is so delicious. 

Off the Hook Seafood Market sells fresh seafood and the fishmonger will give you tips on the best way to cook the fish.

We usually buy fresh salmon and shrimp from Off the Hook, but this time around, my husband purchased some halibut fillets. I had never cooked Halibut at home, so I was excited, to say the least. I decided to make pan-seared halibut because it’s quick, easy and I love a good sear on my fish.

How to Make Pan Seared Halibut Fillets

Halibut is a member of the right-eyed flounder family. I don’t like to call any creature ugly, but this thing is one ugly, scary-looking flatfish. Both eyes are on one side.

How to Make Pan Seared Halibut

It’s a good thing this fish is cleaned and filleted before I ever lay eyes on it. That goes to show you that the old adage is true. You can’t judge a book by its cover applies to fish as well.

When it comes to halibut, there are two types – Atlantic and Pacific. Currently, the Atlantic Halibut is depleted, so you need to avoid Atlantic Halibut and go for the Pacific. Our halibut was flown down from Alaska.

When it comes to taste, Pan-Seared Halibut tastes amazing. It’s a lean fish with mild (absolutely no fishy taste) sweet-tasting white flesh. Because it’s so lean, be careful not to overcook halibut.

Halibut Nutritional Facts

  • Great source of omega 3
  • High in vitamin B12
  • Low in cholesterol
  • High in protein, selenium, niacin, phosphorus, magnesium
  • Low calorie

Pan-Seared Halibut

Add light olive oil to a large skillet over medium-high heat. Season Halibut fillets with salt and pepper. I add a touch of cayenne pepper because I like a little spice.  Sear the fillets for 3-4 minutes on each side. Do not overcook!

I like to serve pan-seared Halibut with roasted vegetables or Oriental Ramen Broccoli Salad. Add a bit of homemade tartar sauce and I’m good to go.

How to Make Pan Seared Halibut Fillets

Pan Seared Halibut

Yield: 2 Servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 13 minutes

Pan-Seared Halibut is crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. This delicious mild-tasting fish is done in less than 10 minutes!


  • 2 Halibut fillets, 6 oz. each
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons light olive oil
  • Fresh squeezed lemon juice


  1. In a large skillet on medium-high heat, heat two tablespoons light olive oil. Sprinkle salt and pepper onto the fillets and cook for 3-4 minutes on each side. I like to add a squeeze of lemon once I flip the fillets over. Do not overcook.
Nutrition Information
Yield 2 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 335Total Fat 17gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 13gCholesterol 102mgSodium 289mgCarbohydrates 9gFiber 0gSugar 3gProtein 39g

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Plated Pan Seared Halibut

Have you ever cooked Halibut at home? If not, you should try it soon. It’s absolutely delicious! What’s your favorite fish?


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robin rue June 11, 2018 - 6:29 am

This sounds like such a wonderful summer meal. It’s light and delicious. I can’t wait to make it for my family!

Candy June 11, 2018 - 7:57 am

We love to go halibut fishing. This would be so much easier. Eating fresh is important.

Terri Steffes June 11, 2018 - 8:09 am

We love halibut but see it rarely in the midwest. I would make this in a minute for my husband!

Glenda Cates June 11, 2018 - 8:21 am

This is the perfect dinner for me to make for my father in law and mother in law the next time we want to pamper them.

Jeanette June 11, 2018 - 8:41 am

This sounds like a perfect dinner for sure! The pictures alone I wish I could eat so I can’t wait to make this!

valmg @ Mom Knows It All June 11, 2018 - 9:21 am

I love simple recipes like this. Hubby loves fish, including halibut. He could probably eat fish almost every day and not tire of it.

Ashley June 11, 2018 - 9:35 am

That halibut looks delicious. I don’t think I’ve had halibut before!

Melissa Chapman June 11, 2018 - 9:42 am

That fish has so many great nutrients which we don’t geet in any other foods. I will keep this easy recipe for a time to give this to my son for dinner or lunch.

Janet June 11, 2018 - 9:46 am

We live where there are lots of varieties of fish available. I’ve never cooked halibut and will have to give it a try and sear it when I do.

Karen Morse June 11, 2018 - 10:25 am

It’s a lovely dinner recipe. It’s so good for you as well. I can’t wait to make this for me and my husband.

Joanna @ Everyday Made Fresh June 11, 2018 - 10:46 am

Living along the gulf coast, I love fresh seafood. This recipe sounds simple and so good!

Lisa June 11, 2018 - 12:17 pm

I had no idea that they had both eyes on the same side of their heads. This looks like a great dinner recipes.

Tasheena @ June 11, 2018 - 1:51 pm

Everything looks so delicious! Love trying new seafood recipes. Can’t wait to try one of the recipes for the family.

wendy June 11, 2018 - 8:32 pm

I love the nutritional benefits of the fish in this recipe. It looks great!

Tomi C June 11, 2018 - 10:51 pm

I’m not much of a fish lover but my husband loves it. This is definitely a recipe he’d love. Halibut is definitely a heart healthy fish and this dish is simple enough for a quick summer meal.

Farrah Less June 12, 2018 - 8:15 am

Top photo is my favorite it very colorful with all the veggies plus I like fish. My kind of meal I can eat every other day.

Sheila June 12, 2018 - 10:17 am

This is very timely since we have some fresh seafood at home. I would love to try making this pan seared halibut. Thank you for sharing the recipe. It looks so easy.

Mellissa June 12, 2018 - 8:30 pm

All of these meals look simply delicious. I need your skills!! If I had to choose it would be the pan seared scallops.

Laura June 12, 2018 - 9:07 pm

That’s great that you can get fresh seafood. I’m allergic so I don’t eat any kind of fish or seafood.


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