Pan Seared Halibut with Lemon Brown Butter Sauce

Brown butter. On halibut. Need I say more? The nutty, wonderful aroma and taste created by cooking butter just a smidge past the melting point is absolutely dreamy and can take nearly any recipe up a notch. I’m convinced brown butter could make cardboard taste good, so can you imagine how mind-blowing this halibut swimming in brown butter, lemon, and garlic tastes? 

Halibut is a little pricey and a bit of a splurge to make at home, but this meal tastes like a succulent piece of fish from a high-end restaurant that you would pay exponentially more money to enjoy. Not only that, this gorgeous and tempting halibut is very easy to prepare. The trick to creating a beautiful sear is to resist the temptation to move the fish around while it’s cooking. Just trust the process and it will turn out swimmingly. 



2-3 fresh halibut fillets 

2 Tbsp. olive oil

Paprika, salt and pepper to taste


4 Tbsp. butter

One clove of garlic, minced

Juice from one lemon

Fresh parsley, for garnish

Before you cook, pat the halibut dry with a paper towel and season with salt, pepper, and a little paprika on both sides. Heat a skillet over medium high heat for 1-2 minutes. When the skillet is hot, add 2 Tbsp. of olive oil and let it get hot for about a minute. Place the halibut and allow it to sear for about 3 minutes without moving. Flip and cook about 3 more minutes without moving it. This will give the fish a beautiful browned appearance and seal in the moisture and flavor. Remove the fish and set aside on a plate. 

In the same skillet on medium high heat, add the butter and whisk it until it’s slightly brown and bubbly. Set brown butter aside in a bowl(this will prevent your butter from burning). Then add lemon juice and garlic to the skillet, and whisk together until garlic is barely cooked, about 1 minute. Remove the pan from heat. Add the brown butter back into the skillet and whisk it together with the lemon and garlic. The sauce will not be thick, but rather like melted butter. 

Drizzle the sauce over the halibut, top with fresh parsley, and enjoy immediately!

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