Baked Halibut Recipe
This baked halibut recipe is incredibly tender and flavorful! The fish is flaky, buttery and delicious. This recipe takes less than 20 minutes from start to finish. It is low carb, healthy and feels gourmet!
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- This baked halibut is quick and easy.
- It is baked in the oven.
- No need for a grill.
- This recipe has only 1 carb per serving.
- The garlic butter sauce is to die for!
- Try this Trout Recipe if you enjoy this sauce.
- It is great for Christmas, holidays, birthdays and many occasions.
- This recipe is Whole30, Paleo, Keto, gluten free, low carb, sugar free and nut free.
- Check out this Royal Red Shrimp for another seafood favorite.
Ingredients & Substitutions
These are the main ingredients and substitutions for baked halibut. Scroll down to the recipe card for full ingredients list and instructions.
For best results, use fresh halibut. Halibut is sold at most grocery stores and fish markets. If using frozen, thaw completely.
Melted butter adds the best buttery flavor. Butter and fish pair so well together. Ghee is another great option.
In addition to the butter, minced garlic adds a great flavor. Freshly minced garlic is best, but garlic powder can be used if needed.
Paprika adds a little spice and heat. Feel free to omit entirely for a more mild flavor. Overall, this fish is not spicy at all. The paprika just adds a subtle pop of flavor.
Sea salt and pepper also add a little flavor without being overpowering. Feel free to adjust amounts to suit your taste.
Sliced lemon adds brightness, freshness and slight tartness to the fish.
Lastly, garnish with chopped parsley. It adds a little something extra to the halibut.
What is Halibut?
Halibut is a flat fish that can grow upwards of 9 feet long! It is actually the largest flat fish in the ocean. Both farm raised and wild caught, this healthy fish is brown on top with a white belly.
This fish is mild and slightly sweet. Its taste is most similar to tilapia. Due to its light flavor, pair halibut with more intense flavors. For this reason, this recipe includes garlic, paprika and lemon.
The name halibut means “holy flat fish”. It was very common in Catholic holy days.
Taste & Texture
This baked halibut is fresh, light, buttery and garlicky. The lemon is a subtle flavor as well.
The texture is light, flaky and tender.
How to Make
First, preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
Place halibut in oven safe dish.
In a small bowl, combine melted butter, minced garlic, paprika, sea salt and black pepper. Pour this mixture over halibut.
Bake for 12 to 13 minutes or until fish is opaque and no longer transparent.
Finally, remove from oven. Garnish with sliced lemon and chopped parsley if desired.
Expert Tips & Tricks
For best results, use fresh halibut. Both farm raised and wild caught are great options.
Do not skimp on the butter! The butter adds the best flavor and texture.
Likewise, do not shy away from the seasonings. Halibut is a mild tasting fish, so it requires some added flavors.
Bake until fish is opaque and no longer transparent.
Where to Buy
Halibut is sold in most grocery stores nationwide. Whole Foods, Central Market and HEB all carry it.
In addition, there are several online fish markets. Most of the Pacific caught halibut are harvested in Alaska. There are a couple different Alaskan fish markets who sell halibut online.
How to Serve & Store
Serve baked halibut hot and fresh from the oven. Garnish with lemon and chopped parsley.
Halibut pairs well with roasted veggies, French fries, or mashed potatoes. The classic fish and chips meal works well with halibut!
For a low carb option, pair with a side salad.
Store leftovers in the fridge for up to 3 days. The garlic butter sauce will firm up in the fridge.
Frequently Asked Questions
Oven baking is a great method of cooking for halibut. Grilling and pan searing also work well.
Bake halibut in the oven until opaque and no longer transparent.
Bake halibut to 135 degrees Fahrenheit internally.
Do not over cook halibut. This is the quickest way to dry it out. In addition, cook it in butter.
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If you make this baked halibut recipe, I would really appreciate a review! You can find me on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest. I would love for you to follow along! For more ideas, see these Lunch and Dinner Recipes.
Get the Recipe: Baked Halibut Recipe
- 1 pound halibut fillet
- 2 tbsp melted butter
- 1 tsp minced garlic
- ¼ tsp paprika
- ½ tsp sea salt
- ½ tsp black pepper
- sliced lemon
- chopped parsley
- First, preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Place halibut in baking dish.
- In a small bowl, combine melted butter, minced garlic, paprika, sea salt and black pepper. Pour this mixture over halibut.
- Bake for 12 to 13 minutes or until fish is opaque and no longer transparent.
- Finally, remove from oven. Garnish with sliced lemon and chopped parsley if desired.
- For best results, use fresh halibut.
- For a larger piece of fish, increase cooking time as needed.
- The fish is done cooking when it is no longer transparent.
- Store leftovers in the fridge for up to 3 days.
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61 Comments on “Baked Halibut Recipe”
What’s the best way to reheat leftovers?
Wrap the fish in foil. Bake low and slow. I like to do 275 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 or so minutes. Hope you enjoy!
Delicious and so easy to prepare. I used smoke paprika. It almost tasted like lobster but milder and very tender and juicy. I’d give this an extra star if u could ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Excellent recipe. Halibut was moist and so tender
Thank you for the kind review, Lauren!
Simple and delicious way to let a good piece of halibut shine! Didn’t have any parsley on hand so added fresh dill prior to cooking. Steamed broccoli on the side completed a light and healthy meal. Will definitely check out more of your recipes. Thank you!
So glad to hear that, Deb! Enjoy my other recipes.
what can I use in place of garlic?
You can omit it or add more of another seasoning. Enjoy!
Just bought fresh halibut with skin on!
Should be skinned?
I much prefer halibut without skin! That is my recommendation.
Fantastic recipe Addison! I had only smoked paprika and it was excellent. I didn’t even use the parsley and lemon because the spices were enough on their own. This is my first time visiting your site and I’m so impressed, I’ll definitely be coming back for more. Thank you for helping make my dinner so delicious.
Hi Hillary! I am so thrilled that you enjoyed the baked halibut. Thank you for the kind comment. I am excited for you to try more recipes.
Delicious recipe! Easy and quick to make. One quick request, please don’t compare halibut to tilapia. Halibut is infinitely more healthy, is not farmed and the taste profile is closer to soul or flounder.
*Sole not soul (please excuse the typo!)
Absolutely delicious–and quite easy to make. The halibut was very flaky and moist and tasted delicious. The garlic and paprika (I used smoked Hungarian) gave it just the right kick. I don’t think I’ve ever baked halibut before, but my family now considers me an expert.
I am so thrilled to hear this! Thank you for taking the time to leave such a kind review.
Great recipe, this is the top way to cook halibut. I lived in Alaska for 25 years. My kids and families go to Homer for halibut charters every other year. We still have a good bit in the freezer so I tried your recipe. You have all the components just right. I use paprika liberally.
I am so happy to hear that! Alaska is number one on my travel bucket list. Would love to make it there soon!
Great recipe. It was my first time baking halibut. I followed the recipe, but had to cook it a bit longer because it was 2″ thick. I took it out just before it was finished and it was cooked through by the time to eat. I shared with a friend who shared that it was “delicious”. It was light and flakey. Warmed left overs in the oven for about 20 minutes on very low heat. I will definitely make this again. Using the same recipe tonight for tilapia.
So glad to hear that, Kate! Thank you for taking the time to leave such a detailed review. I really appreciate it!
It was great recipe but I did alter the amount of butter1 Cup and about 4 to 5 tablespoons of garlic. And I cooked the lemon slices with the fish as well it turned out very good the family enjoyed it very moist flavorful
Hi David. I am so glad to hear how much you enjoyed this baked halibut recipe. Thank you for taking the time to leave feedback. I appreciate it!
I don’t make halibut often but really like it. This recipe almost scared me off saying its great for holidays, birthdays…. I just wanted a good and quick meal. I tried it and it was melt in my mouth delicious. I did use a thick wild halibut, and followed the directions.
I am so happy to hear that, Gail! Thank you for the feedback. I am so happy you enjoyed it!
It is a great recipe, I will definitely use it again!! Thank you
I am so happy you enjoyed this baked halibut! Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment and review.