Pan Seared Halibut With Ginger And Soy Recipe

by Sheri
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Quick and Easy To Make Lunch Or Dinner In Under 30 Minutes

Today I am sharing with you an easy to make pan-seared halibut recipe. As I go through my no-sugar detox, I have had to find new recipes to make, or mostly recreate. I love to bake, but this detox has given me the added challenge of cooking more.

As soon as I try no-sugar baking recipes, I will share those with you as well. Over the past week, I have made fish twice. I learned that a hot pan with sizzling oil and a little bit of patience help create a beautiful pan seared crust on any fish.  

A pan seared halibut is easy to make because halibut is a firm fish that takes heat well.  If you sear your halibut correctly, you will be left with a golden crust, which contrasts the sharp white colour of the fish.

If you have never seared fish before, you might want to practice your technique a little.



Halibut is an excellent source of selenium, a trace mineral with many health benefits that your body needs in small amounts.

Of course, halibut is rich in protein, omega-3 fatty acids, and other nutrients that offer various health benefits. 

I love making food that does not need me to slave away in the kitchen for hours on end.  A 30-minute recipe like this one is perfect for those who like to get dinner on the table quickly.

So whether you are living that single life, a working mom of three, or making Sunday lunch for ten. The pan seared halibut is easy to replicate, even for first-time cooks.

So let’s get started! Remember: You can keep this recipe for the future by using the print recipe button below.

Pan-Seared Halibut With Ginger And Soy Recipe

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Keyword: eathealthy, no sugar, fish
Servings: 4 people
Author: Sheri - Purposeful Habits


  • 4 175g halibut fillets
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon garlic oil
  • 1 piece fresh ginger root (peeled and minced)
  • 2 tablespoon sesame oil (spicy works too)
  • 2 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
  • 6 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 2 tablespoon fresh lemon (juiced)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil


  • You need to thaw the halibut portions by leaving them for 24 hours in the refrigerator. Without thawing first, it will be tough to cook it properly, and you don’t want that right?
  • Remove the fish from the refrigerator and let stand for approximately 15 minutes. Pat dry both surfaces of the fish with paper towels.
  • In a small bowl, mix the ginger, sesame oil, soy sauce, garlic oil and fresh lemon juice together.
  • Spoon or lightly brush the ginger-soy mixture evenly over the top the halibut. Do not go overboard, to prevent the fish from soaking.
  • Add a sprinkle of salt and a dash of pepper.
  • Now heat a cast-iron skillet to medium-high until the oil starts to shimmer.
    Carefully place the halibut in and cook for roughly 4 minutes per side.
    Press down the flesh with a spatula, this will help achieve that golden crust.
    Do not overcook. Remember, fish keep cooking after you remove it from the pan. Pull it earlier and let it rest. Only then will you have a pan-seared halibut cooked to perfection.
  • Plate with couscous, rice, or potatoes as well as vegetables.
    Quick Tip: A lemon butter sauce and garnish with lemon zest and fresh herbs will complement this dish too. If you choose not to use the pan, you can bake the halibut for 15 minutes instead.

Enjoy A Healthy and Delicious  Meal

Halibut recipes don’t have to be complex or time-consuming. Just like this one, you can try variations of this easy to make, yet healthy recipe.  Add salmon to the plate for variety.

A simple blend of flavours is all you need for a fresh and fulfilling halibut dinner in under 30 minutes.

Do you cook with fish often, or interested in trying new recipes? Share with me in the comments section below.

Purposeful Habits xoxo Sheri


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Mom Life Optimized February 14, 2019 - 20:03

This might also be good with salmon! I love this quick and simple recipe. Gotta try with salmon tonight!

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