Halibut is the perfect fish for the grill. Like sea bass or swordfish, it is dense and firm so it holds up well when grilling. However, even though it is dense, when cooked it is light and flaky.
My husband could eat fish every night, but we usually stick to 1-2x per week. Last week he picked up some halibut and made a lemon-herb butter that was spread across the fish before grilling.
While the fish was grilling skin side down first, all of the butter melted into the fish. The bright lemon highlighted the light and fresh flavors of the fish, and the herbs were fragrant but in no way overpowering.
Look how perfectly that fish flakes!
With some grilled asparagus on the side, this really was the perfect, healthy summer meal.
Grilled Halibut with Lemon-Herb Butter
Adapted from: All Recipes
Ingredients (for 2)
- 2 one-inch thick halibut steaks
- 1/2 c butter, softened
- 1 Tbsp lemon juice
- Zest from 1/4 of the lemon
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder*
- 1 tsp dried parsley*
- 1/2 tsp dried dill weed*
- Salt, to taste
- A few turns of fresh cracked black pepper
- Fresh lemon slices
*of course fresh can be used, as well, depending on what you have on hand
- Preheat your grill to high and rub the grates with vegetable oil (put some on a paper towel and use tongs to hold the paper towel as you run it along the grates)
- Mix the softened butter with the lemon juice, zest, onion powder, garlic powder, parsley, dill, salt and pepper.
- Wash and dry your fish, and then spread the butter mixture evenly over the steaks
- Cook until the fish flakes easily with a fork (skin side down first), about 5-6 minutes per side.
- Serve with fresh lime slices for squeezing