Pan-Seared Marinated Halibut Fillets
Alex Witchel, New York Times

(fish, garlic, lemon juice)

Pan-Seared Marinated Halibut Fillets
Pan-Seared Marinated Halibut Fillets

Yield: 4 servings


6 Tbsp EVOO (olive oil)
3 garlic cloves, peeled & minced
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
2 Tbsp lemon juice
4 6-oz halibut fillets, skin removed
1 Tbsp EVOO
Chopped parsley for garnish


  1. In a large sealable plastic bag, combine the 6 tablespoons olive oil, garlic, basil, salt, pepper and lemon juice. Add fish, seal bag, and turn to coat. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or up to 2 hours.
  2. In a large flat skillet (do not use a ridged pan), pour light olive oil or vegetable oil, tilting pan to spread evenly. Warm over high heat until smoking, then add fish fillets. Brush top and sides with marinade. Cook until seared, about 3 minutes; turn and sear other side, about 3 more minutes. Brush top and sides with marinade again. Reduce heat to medium. Cook until centers of fillets are just opaque, 2 to 4 minutes more on each side depending on thickness, brushing with marinade as before. Garnish with parsley, if desired, and serve.