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Halibut with Lemon Butter Sauce

halibut lemon butter sauce




4 6-oz Halibut fillets (1.5 lb total)

1/2 tsp Garlic powder

1/2 tsp Paprika

1 tsp Sea salt

1/4 tsp Black pepper

2 tbsp Olive oil


1/2 cup Salted butter

1 medium Lemon (cut in half)


  • Use paper towels to pat the halibut fillets completely dry - this will ensure even browning. Season the fish on both sides with garlic powder, paprika, sea salt, and black pepper. Set aside.
  • Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat for 2 minutes.
  • Add the fish fillets in a single layer (you can do it in batches if all the fish won't fit in a single layer). Sear, without moving, for 3-4 minutes, until the edges of the fish are opaque. Flip and cook for 2-4 minutes, until cooked through.
  • Remove the fish from the pan and cover tightly with foil to keep warm.
  • Reduce heat to medium-low. Add the butter to the same pan. Wait for it to melt, then heat for 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the butter is browned and smells nutty.
  • Squeeze all the juice from both halves of the lemon into the pan. Bring to a simmer, then reduce heat and simmer for about 3-4 minutes, stirring often, until volume is reduced by half. The lemon butter sauce will still be thin.
  • Drizzle a little lemon butter sauce over each serving plate. Place the pan seared halibut fillets over the sauce, then drizzle more sauce on top.

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