Moist Saute’ Halibut

I spotted some fresh halibut at the market today and selected a piece that was 1.37 lb.  Perfect for making 2 dinner for my husband Jeff and me.  A little bit of a splurge at $5.82 per serving x 4 servings but the quality was great and having a minimally processed fresh dinner tonight followed by some halibut tacos tomorrow was enough to hook me!

Serves 4

If serving 1, cut the fish into 4 crosswise pieces, prepare what you will use for dinner and a left over dinner tomorrow.  Place the other 2 pieces side by side in a freezer ziplock bag.  Using a permanent marker, write the contents “Halibut” across the bag and the date you placed the halibut into the freezer “3/31/20.  Plan to prepare a meal with the frozen leftovers within 3 months.  Defrost the fish in the fridge prior to cooking.

Here is the preparation for our fresh halibut that we enjoyed tonight.  The moist fish flaked perfectly after cooked by saute’ method in a ribbed grill pan on the RV stovetop.


1.37 lb                              fresh halibut

1 tsp                                unsalted butter

generous sprinkle        Old Bay seasoning on both sides and a few dashes of smoked paprika on each side


  1.  Use a medium saute’ grill pan or skillet.
  2.  Heat the pan over med/high heat adding the butter when the pan I warm.
  3.  Rince the halibut and pat dry then add to the pan.
  4.  Let the fish cook for 4 – 5 minutes or a little more if needed on each side.
  5.  While the fish is cooking tilt the pan to keep the butter moving under the fish.
  6.  If the butter is browning too quickly just adjust the flame down to medium.
  7.  Flip the file over after about 4 – 5 minutes or when the fish releases easily when you attempt to turn the fish.  Don’t force the flip, wait until the fish is ready and releases easily.
  8.  Continue cooking the fish for another 4 – 5 minutes until the raw look of the middle of the halibut changes to opaque but shiny.  The fish may well break apart some as you prepare it in the saute’ pan, no worries, just follow the break away lines and let the halibut naturally divide into 3 – 4 pieces… no problem.
  9. I served our halibut with broccoli crowns cooked in a microwave safe bowl with 2 oz. of water.  Cover the broccoli with saran wrap and microwave on high for 1 minute.  Perfect!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Chef MJ                                                                                                                                        My cookbook Small Kitchen Big Flavors! is available at a great Introductory Price on Ebay and my blog site at : http:/

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