Pan Seared Halibut Recipe With Lemon Butter Sauce | Family Cuisine

How to fry Halibut: In the frying pan, add a little bit of vegetable oil and heat it up. Place your halibut in the hot oil and fry for about 3-4 minutes on each side.

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This easy pan seared halibut recipe with lemon butter sauce will show you how to pan sear halibut perfectly every time! Pan fried halibut could pass for a fancy meal out, but it’s surprisingly easy to make. In just 5 minutes prep and 15 minutes cooking time, dinner is ready. It tastes plenty decadent, thanks to the butter lemon sauce for halibut, but it’s plenty healthy, too! If you have any hesitations about fish, this might just be the recipe to turn you into a fan. Try it out for an easy dinner or a meal to impress.

I was inspired to make this pan seared halibut recipe when I got my new Zulay Kitchen Metal Lemon Squeezer. Right away, I got the idea to make lemon butter sauce for halibut.


I have to admit, more often than not I used to either buy bottled lemon juice or just squeeze using my hands, and this new tool made such a huge difference:

  • It didn’t strain my hands. So much less effort than just squeezing manually!
  • I got way more lemon juice out. Probably double what I normally do when squeezing lemons!
  • Can’t beat the fresh taste. The bottled stuff is convenient, but totally flavorless compared to fresh squeezed lemon juice.
  • It caught all the seeds. No more fishing them out like I do when I use my hands.
  • It’s metal and feels sturdy. I can tell this thing will last forever.
  • It was easy to clean. It’s even dishwasher safe!

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How To Pan Sear Halibut

I know you are wondering how to pan sear halibut! Is it hard? Nope, not at all.

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Here’s how to make the best pan seared halibut recipe:

  • Dry halibut. Use paper towels to pat the halibut fillets dry. This will ensure even browning, so don’t skip this step!
  • Season halibut. Season fish generously on both sides with garlic powder, paprika, sea salt, and black pepper.

seasoned halibut on a cutting board

  • Sear halibut fillets. Heat olive oil in a large skillet. Add the fish in a single layer, and sear, without moving, for 3-4 minutes. Carefully flip over, and sear for another 2-4 minutes, until fish is cooked through.

TIP: Avoid moving the fish around! This is what helps it get a nice, browned sear.

pan fried halibut in pan

That’s how to pan sear halibut! Told you it was easy. 😉

How To Make Sauce For Halibut

Once your pan fried halibut is done cooking, it’s time to make the butter sauce for halibut! You can simply remove the fish, cover to keep warm, and re-use the same pan.

  • Brown butter. Reduce pan to medium-low and add the butter. Once it melts, cook, stirring occasionally, for about 2-3 minutes, until the butter is brown, frothy, and smells nutty.

butter in pan for sauce for halibut Add lemon juice. Use the Zulay Kitchen Lemon Squeezer to squeeze all the juice from both halves of the lemon into the pan. Bring to a simmer for about 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally, until volume is reduced by half.

TIP: Place the halved lemon into the squeezer open side down, then squeeze! You can open and close again several times to get it all out.

squeezing fresh lemon juice for pan seared halibut with lemon butter sauce

  • Plate your pan seared halibut with lemon butter sauce. Drizzle a little of the sauce for halibut over the plate, top with fish, then drizzle more sauce on top.

How Long To Cook Halibut In A Pan

The halibut sauteed in butter will take about 5-9 minutes to cook, depending a bit on the size of your fillet and how hot your pan is. A good starting point is to cook it for 3-4 minutes on the first side, undisturbed.

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TIP: The first side is done when you see the edges are opaque, and it’s browned underneath.

Carefully flip it over, and cook for an additional 2-4 minutes, until it’s cooked through.

TIP: The lemon butter halibut is done when the whole filet is opaque and flakes easily.

halibut with lemon butter sauce

Can You Make Pan Seared Halibut Recipe Ahead?

For the best results, make this pan seared halibut with lemon butter sauce right before you plan on serving it. It takes just 10 minutes to cook, so it’s easy to make quickly!

Fish tends to get a little rubbery when it’s reheated and it can be easy to overcook it, so I always recommend making it fresh.

two plates of pan seared halibut

What To Serve With Pan Fried Halibut

This pan seared halibut recipe is pretty versatile, so it can go in many different directions. And I’ve got them all! Whether you’re looking for salads, veggie sides, or anything in between, check out my low carb side dishes. Here are a few of my favorites:

  • Oven Roasted Green Beans with Garlic – Roast these easy green beans in the oven while you’re making pan fried halibut with lemon. Your healthy dinner is ready to be devoured!
  • Whole Roasted Cauliflower – This one is a show stopper, but so is this pan seared halibut fillet recipe, so it’s a good match. 😉
  • Asparagus In The Oven – I think asparagus is a great match for pan fried halibut in butter. Give the asparagus a squeeze with lemon, too!
  • Rainbow Salad – If you’re looking for a fresh option, try this easy (and colorful!) salad.
  • Fish Turner – This special angled spatula will help flip your pan fried halibut in butter, without it flaking apart. Worth having if you cook a lot of seafood.
  • Zulay Lemon Kitchen Squeezer – Fresh lemon juice makes this the best sauce for halibut and my Zulay citrus press makes it beyond easy.

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