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Seared halibut filets in oil in a white pan, with lemon slices .

Pan-Seared Halibut with Smoked Salmon Butter

Course Dinner, lunch
Cuisine American
Keyword pan-seared halibut, seared halibut
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Salmon butter chilling time 1 hour
Servings 4 servings
Calories 411kcal
Author Victor


  • 1 1/2 lbs halibut fillet  cut in four 6-ounce filets
  • 2 Tbsp butter unsalted
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt plus more to taste
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 4 slices lemon
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp finely chopped fresh parsley

For salmon butter

  • 6 Tbsp butter unsalted, room temperature
  • 2 oz smoked salmon finely chopped
  • 3/4 tsp lemon juice
  • 3/4 tsp grated onion


To make salmon butter

  • In a small bowl, cream the butter with a fork until light and fluffy. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well.
  • Transfer to a plastic wrap and form a 1 1/2-inch cylinder. Twist the ends of the plastic wrap to form a tight roll. Refrigerate until firm, about 1-2 hours.
  • When ready to serve, remove from the plastic wrap and cut into 4 equal disks.

To make pan-seared halibut

  • Pat the halibut fillets dry with paper towels, season with salt and pepper and set aside.
  • Heat the butter and the olive oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. Once the butter has melted and starts to brown a little, swirl the pan to combine the butter with the olive oil.
  • Add the halibut fillets, presentation side down, and sear for 3-4 minutes or until the edges of the fish begin to turn opaque and the fish easily releases from the pan.
  • Using a flat spatula, flip the fillets and add the lemon slices to the pan. Continue cooking for another 4-5 minutes or so, until the fish is just starting to flake and is opaque in the middle.
  • Transfer the seared halibut to a plate and top with salmon butter. Spoon some hot oil from the pan over salmon butter to let it melt a little. Garnish with pan-fried lemon slices, drizzle with lemon juice, sprinkle with chopped parsley and serve.


Calories: 411kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 148mg | Sodium: 721mg | Potassium: 774mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 905IU | Vitamin C: 8.3mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 0.5mg