I love Spring. I love the light and airy recipes that come along with spring. I love the seasonal vegetables and the freshly-caught wild halibut that start appearing at my local grocery store. Today, I picked up a couple of those fresh halibut fillets to prepare an almond-crusted halibut with lemon garlic butter.
First things first. Don’t be fooled by it’s professional and aesthetic appearance. This fish is easy to make. Which is why I obviously chose to make it on a good old Wednesday. But in hindsight, I should have saved this to make on the weekend when I have guests over because it would literally blow them away. Plus, I would spend way less time in the kitchen. Halibut only takes a record-breaking 10 minutes to cook.
So the halibut takes 10 minutes to cook, but what about the prep? Well, the only prep involved is the making of the butter and the almond topping. These 2 ingredients are crucial to this recipe.
Lemon Garlic Butter
The lemon garlic butter brings so much flavour and life to the halibut. And guess what? It only takes about 5 minutes to make. I make it in the time that I am waiting for my oven to preheat. I suggest making an even larger batch of this stuff because this lemon garlic butter is versatile. It can be spread over all your favourite meats and/or served alongside them this entire summer barbecue season. Try it with steak, lamb chops, salmon or chicken breast.
So go ahead, double or triple this part of the recipe and store the extra butter in your fridge for another day.
The almond topping is the icing on cake. It keeps the fish juicy and moist inside and seals in the delicious buttery, lemony and garlicky juices that are seeping out.
All this talk means one thing: almond-crusted halibut with lemon garlic butter will be appearing on my dinner table regularly this season.
The Secret to Making the Best Halibut
This part is so important that it gets a heading all on its own. The 10-minute cooking time is the secret to producing the best and flakiest halibut. Do not overcook. Halibut can dry out very quickly! It is only tasty when it is flaky and just cooked through. Once overcooked, you can kiss it good-bye because at that point it basically becomes inedible.
So head over to your local grocery store or fish market and pick up some halibut! Make this in your own home and be amazed with your skills. I served this alongside some quick and easy sauteed asparagus and creamy garlic mashed cauliflower.
Once cooked, it can last for up to 2 days in the fridge.
- ½ tbsp. garlic, minced
- ½ tbsp. fresh lemon juice
- ½ tsp. lemon zest
- ⅛ tsp. salt
- ⅛ tsp. ground black pepper
- ¼ cup butter, unsalted (at room temperature)
- 2 fresh halibut fillets
- 2 tbsp. lemon garlic butter (as per recipe set out above)
- salt and pepper, to taste
- 3 tbsp. ground almonds
- Preheat oven to 400 F. Place the halibut fillets on a lined baking tray and set aside.
- Lemon Garlic Butter: In a blender or food processor, blend together the garlic, lemon juice, lemon zest, salt and pepper until pureed. Add the butter and continue to blend until fully combined.
- Spread ½ tablespoon of the lemon garlic butter on the top surface of each halibut fillet, covering the surface completely. Sprinkle a pinch of salt and pepper on top.
- Sprinkle 1 and ½ tablespoons of the ground almonds on each fillet and carefully spread over the butter to fully cover it.
- Bake the halibut for 5 minutes.
- While the halibut is still in the oven, change the oven to broil on high. Continue to cook for 5 more minutes.
- Remove from oven and serve hot with a teaspoon of the remaining lemon garlic butter on top.
Tip: if you have an extra thick halibut filet, you may need to adjust the cooking time a few minutes longer.