Pan Seared Halibut with Lemon Butter Sauce

Pan Seared Halibut with Lemon Butter Sauce

by Sep 20, 2020Recipes1 comment

This easy Pan Seared Halibut recipe is courtesy of Maya Krampf at Wholesome Yum.  It’s nutritious, delicious and takes only twenty minutes to make.


4 6-oz Halibut fillets (1.5 lb.)

½ tsp. Garlic Powder

½ tsp. Paprika

1 tsp. Sea Salt

¼ tsp. Black Pepper

2 Tbs. Olive Oil

Lemon Butter Sauce

½ C. salted Butter

1 medium Lemon, halved


Use paper towels to pat the halibut fillets completely dry – this will ensure even browning.

Season the fish on both sides with garlic powder, paprika, sea salt, and black pepper. Set aside.

Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat for 2 minutes.

Add the fish fillets in a single layer (you can do it in batches if all the fish won’t fit in a single layer). Sear, without moving, for 3-4 minutes, until the edges of the fish are opaque. Flip and cook for 2-4 minutes, until cooked through.

Remove the fish from the pan and cover tightly with foil to keep warm.

Reduce heat to medium-low. Add the butter to the same pan. Wait for it to melt, then heat for 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the butter is browned and smells nutty.

Squeeze all the juice from both halves of the lemon into the pan. Bring to a simmer, then reduce heat and simmer for about 3-4 minutes, stirring often, until the volume is reduced by half. The lemon butter sauce will still be thin.

Drizzle a little lemon butter sauce over each serving plate. Place the pan-seared halibut fillets over the sauce, then drizzle more sauce on top.



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