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This full-flavored halibut recipe with honey-soy glaze comes together in under 15 minutes for the perfect weeknight or weekend meal. The combination of ingredients in this dish will have you begging for seconds.
Making seafood can sometimes involve some adventure if you’re not used to eating it. However, it is much easier to make than you may have thought, and I’ve got some very easy-to-make dishes like Blackened Salmon or Cajun Shrimp Pasta that you will love.
Halibut is such an easy-to-cook fish and is very forgiving in the flavor department thanks to its mild slightly sweet taste. Since halibut is firmer than most fish it can be prepared in a myriad of ways such as pan-seared, grilled, baked, or broiled.
The sauce that goes with this halibut is simple-to-prepare and would honestly go fantastic on just about any fresh fish out there as well as pork, chicken, or steak. If you need another reason to make this, it comes together in under 20 minutes.
Ingredients and Substitutions
- Oil – Sesame oil is best, but any neutral flavored oil will work.
- Butter – unsalted butter helps to brown the fish, add flavor, and assists on releasing it from the pan.
- Halibut – Use fresh, skinless, halibut for this recipe.
- Ginger – Peeled and finely grated so that it will infuse in the sauce.
- Garlic – Very finely minced garlic is what you will need.
- Soy Sauce – Any good tamari, shoyu, or soy sauce will work.
- Rice Wine Vinegar – This will help balance the flavors of the sauce.
- Honey – I used light amber honey, but any honey will work.
- Sesame Seeds – This is used to encrust the fish and add some great flavor.
- Green Onions – Sliced green onions are used as garnish and will also add flavor.
How to Make Halibut with Honey-Soy Glaze
Use these procedures and images to make this simple Halibut Recipe with Honey-Soy Glaze:
Prepare the sauce with the ingredients and set it aside.
Season the halibut on both sides with salt and pepper.
Next, press one side of the halibut fillet down into sesame seeds to encrust the fish.
Add some oil to a large frying pan and heat over high heat until it begins to lightly smoke.
Place in the halibut, turn the heat down to medium-high, add in some butter and cook for 3 to 3 ½ minutes per side or until golden brown and cooked throughout. Set aside.
Pour in the sauce and cook over low heat for 1 to 2 minutes or until it has slightly thickened up.
Serve the fish with the sauce and garnish with sliced green onions.
Make-Ahead and Storage
Make-Ahead: You can keep warm covered in a pan for up to 15 minutes before serving, but this recipe is meant to be eaten as soon as it is done being cooked.
How to Store: Cover and keep it in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. This will freeze covered for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator for 1 day before reheating.
How to Reheat: Place the desired number of halibut with sauce in a pan and heat in the oven at 350° for 5-6 minutes or until hot.
chef notes + tips
- You can use frozen halibut; just be sure it’s completely thawed before using.
- Pat the halibut down with paper towels as it will help release it from the pan when ready to flip over.
- This recipe is very versatile so just about any fish will work with the honey-soy glaze.
- If you notice the sesame seeds turning too brown too fast, remove the pan from the heat to cool slightly before returning to the burner and cooking over medium heat only.
More Fish Recipes
Halibut Recipe with Honey-Soy Glaze
- 1/3 cup soy sauce
- 2 teaspoons rice wine vinegar
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 1 teaspoon peeled and finely grated fresh ginger
- 1 finely minced garlic clove
- 2 8- ounce fresh skinless halibut fillets
- 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
- 2 tablespoons sesame oil
- 1 teaspoon unsalted butter
- Sliced green onions for garnish
- salt and pepper to taste
- In a small bowl whisk together the soy sauce, vinegar, honey, ginger, and garlic until combined. Set aside.
- Season the halibut on both sides with salt and pepper.
- Next, press one side of the halibut fillet down into the sesame seeds to encrust the fish.
- Add some oil to a large frying pan and heat over high heat until it begins to lightly smoke.
- Place in the halibut, turn the heat down to medium to medium-high, add in some butter and cook for 3 to 3 ½ minutes per side or until golden brown and cooked throughout. Make sure to not burn the sesame seeds. Set aside.
- Pour in the sauce and cook over low heat for 1 to 2 minutes or until it has slightly thickened up.
- Serve the fish with the sauce and garnish with sliced green onions.