Garlic-Butter Baked Halibut


Serves 4

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When it comes to fish, halibut is a good alternative to salmon. This dish is quick and easy. Serve it with a mixed green salad and brown rice pilaf or oven-roasted potatoes.



  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 pound halibut fillets, preferably wild caught
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh herbs (rosemary, oregano, dill, oregano, or other favorite). If you’re substituting dried herbs, reduce the amount to 1 tablespoon.
  • Celtic sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Brush halibut fillets with olive oil. Arrange in a single layer in a baking dish.
  3. In a small saucepan, melt butter over low heat.
  4. Add garlic, and sauté for about five minutes. Garlic should be golden brown and fragrant.
  5. Turn off heat; add lemon juice, zest, and herbs. Pour over fish.
  6. Bake fish for 10 minutes, basting it with lemon/herb/butter mixture about halfway through.
  7. Check to make certain the fish is opaque at its thickest point, which means it is done. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Top each portion with a spoonful of lemon/herb/butter before serving.


Last Updated: October 8, 2018
Originally Published: May 3, 2012