This easy baked Alaskan halibut recipe can be on the table in under 30 minutes. Serve it with rice and a simple salad.
Originally published March 2015, updated May 2019.
Making fish at home is very easy and you can find really great fresh and frozen Alaskan seafood at the grocery store nowadays.
I decided to use halibut for this recipe because I love it and I feel like it may not be cooked at home as much as it should be. I pondered making a number of baked halibut recipes but decided to stick to an easy halibut recipe.
Easy Baked Alaskan Halibut
Halibut doesn’t have a lot of natural oil so it’s important to keep it moist, otherwise it will dry out fast.
There are a lot of different ways to cook halibut. You can grill it, bake it or fry it in a pan; as long as you make sure it is moist it will be delicious.
I basted halfway through the baking process and ended up with flaky and juicy meat. I made a quick lemon butter and used that to oil the baking dish and to baste the fish. It may be simple but it is simply delicious.
I don’t usually baste with butter but I thought it would be okay with halibut. Everything in moderation, right?
I served the baked halibut with a small side salad and some wild rice. It was so easy to make and so quick that it is now on our weeknight rotation. You can never have too many delicious 30-minute meals!
Can I use frozen halibut filets?
Yes! Make sure they are fully defrosted prior to baking.
How do you know when halibut is cooked?
To test if the halibut is cooked, insert a fork into the thickest part of the filet. Twist the fork gently; cooked fish will flake. If the meat doesn’t flake or is transparent, return it to the oven to cook more.
What temperature should halibut be cooked to?
Halibut is safely cooked when it has reached an internal temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit.
What goes with baked halibut?
I serve halibut with rice and a small salad to keep the meal light. Other options you may like:
- 2 (6 ounce) fresh halibut filets
- 4 tablespoons butter
- juice of 1 lemon
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 teaspoon herbs de provenance
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- In a small saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. When the butter is melted, add the lemon juice, sea salt and herbs de provenance. Stir well and turn off heat when all the ingredients are combined.
- Use a brush to grease the bottom of a baking dish with the butter mixture. Rinse the halibut filets and pat dry with a paper towel. Place the filets in the baking dish. Brush more of the butter mixture on the halibut filets, making sure that they are completely covered in butter.
- Place the baking dish in the oven for 15 minutes. Halfway through, remove the dish and baste with the butter mixture. After 10 minutes, remove the dish from the oven and baste with the butter one more time. Serve hot.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 370 Total Fat: 31g Saturated Fat: 18g Trans Fat: 1g Unsaturated Fat: 11g Cholesterol: 128mg Sodium: 1299mg Carbohydrates: 2g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 1g Protein: 21g