Recipe: Pan-fried halibut

Recipe: Pan-fried halibut


We’ve shown you how to master salmon with lemon and herb butter, but how about taking things up a notch with our pan-fried halibut with lemon dill sauce?

Halibut is a flatfish, noted for its dense and tough texture. Its firm flesh means it can stand up to heat very well, making it perfect for creating a beautifully golden crust.

It’s a Catholic tradition to eat fish on a Friday, and even the name is covered with Catholic roots. The word halibut is derived from haly (holy) and butte (flatfish) – put simply, it’s a holy flatfish. Halibut can be boiled, fried or grilled and is known for being low in cholesterol, making for a healthier alternative to mackerel or cod.

We’ve come up with the perfect recipe for creating a simple yet effective pan-fried halibut – all from the comfort of your range cooker. If you’re looking for an extra kick to your dish, feel free to add in some extra spices or seasoning. Chilli, coriander or turmeric will help give the fish a great infusion of flavours.

This dish will go great with some new potatoes and green beans. We’ve even created a lemon dill sauce which you can add, that will compliment the dish perfectly and really bring out the halibut’s flavour.

Ingredients (to serve two)

  • 2 halibut steaks

  • ½ tsp salt

  • ½ tsp dill

  • ½ tsp black pepper

  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil

  • Juice of 1 lemon

  • 1 tbsp butter


  • Heat the vegetable oil on medium-high in a large skillet.

  • In a separate bowl, mix together the dill, salt and pepper and sprinkle all over each of the halibut steaks.

  • Melt the butter in the oil, allowing it to brown slightly.

  • When the butter has turned golden, gently place each steak into the skillet.

  • Reduce the heat slightly and fry for four minutes. Turn over and fry for a further 4 minutes, or until the fish has cooked through.

  • When cooked, place the fish onto a serving plate and squeeze over the lemon juice.

Ingredients for the lemon dill sauce

  • 6 oz fat-free greek yoghurt, plain

  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh dill

  • 1 tbsp lemon juice

  • ½ tsp grated lemon peel

  • Pinch of pepper


  • Whisk together the ingredients using a hand blender, until well-blended.

  • Chill before serving.

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