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Pan-Seared Halibut Steak Recipe [Only 4 Ingredients]

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  • Author: Jamasine J
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings


This pan seared halibut recipe with lemon butter sauce only takes 20 minutes to prepare… which you’d never guess from the way the pan-fried halibut looks. I’ll show you how to pan sear halibut and make the perfect halibut sauce.



  1. Pat the halibut fillets completely dry with paper towels to ensure even browning. Season the fish with garlic powder, paprika, sea salt, and black pepper on both sides. Place aside.
  2. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat for 2 minutes.
  3. Add the fish fillets in a single layer (if all of the fish won’t fit in a single layer, do it in batches). Sear the fish for 3-4 minutes, without moving it, until the edges are opaque. Flip and cook for 2-4 minutes, until cooked through.
  4. Remove the fish from the pan and wrap it in foil to keep it warm.
  5. Turn the heat down to medium-low. In the same pan, melt the butter. Allow it to melt before heating for 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the butter is browned and smells nutty.
  6. TIP: If you like garlic, you can also use this lemon butter sauce recipe.
  7. Squeeze all of the juice from both halves of the lemon into the pan using the Zulay Kitchen Lemon Squeezer. Bring to a simmer, then reduce to a low heat and continue to cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring frequently, until the volume is reduced by half. The lemon butter sauce will remain runny.
  8. Drizzle some lemon butter sauce on top of each serving plate. Place the pan seared halibut fillets over the sauce, then drizzle more sauce on top.
  • Category: Beef
  • Method: Steak
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 4 servings
  • Calories: 513kcal
  • Sugar: 1g
  • Fat: 35g
  • Carbohydrates: 3g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Protein: 47g

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