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Pan-Seared Halibut in Butter Garlic Sauce and Easy Salsa

This Pan-Seared Halibut is made of tender halibut fillets coated in butter garlic sauce and topped with juicy citrus salsa.

A seared piece of halibut on a white plate with salsa on top.

Halibut and salsa are a delicious combination that make up one of my favorite easy dinner recipes. The golden brown fish fillets topped with fresh salsa is the highlight of our family dinner. There’s no fish recipe more loved by kids! Halibut is my kids’ favorite fish so of course I like to feed them the most nutritious meals with their favorite foods. This cooking process is super easy and overall this easy recipe can be made with a little lemon, garlic, and fresh herbs. Enjoy!

Can I substitute halibut for salmon in a recipe? 

You sure can, and I do it all the time. Whatever kind of fish is fresh and wild-caught at the grocery store in season is what I cook with. The same recipe can definitely be done using any other fish fillet. I love cooking and eating salmon, but halibut is my favorite type of fish. I like the soft, light, creamy, yet firm white fish taste, like halibut. When it’s cooking on the pan, make sure the halibut gets a crispy crust. This nice crust contrasts with the soft halibut to make this pan-seared fish a treat not only for your taste buds but for your mouth in texture. Once that golden crust forms, you know you’ll have a delicious fish.

Seared halibut on an oval plate with salsa atop each fillet.

That is a lot of garlic! What are the benefits of garlic? 

For a pound and a half of fish, the amount of garlic is perfect. Not too garlic-y, yet gives it a great aroma and taste. Don’t let the garlic throw you off. All the flavors of the ingredients that go into making this recipe comes together very well. When served with salsa, it’s everything you need for a perfect dinner. these halibut steaks are going to fly off of the table. Garlic butter recipes are the best. With some squeezed lemon wedges added, there’s no holding me back from enjoying this dinner!

Garlic has a lot of health benefits. For starters, it’s the best natural antibiotic. It’s used to heal and prevent the common cold. Garlic is low-calorie and is known for its great power in boosting the immune system. There are many easy recipes out there that incorporate garlic and it’s superpowers.


Salsa is very easy to put together. Just chop, chop, and chop and mix it all together. 

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Salsa is very easy to put together. Just chop, chop and chop and mix it all together. 

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Can you have too much garlic? 

Don’t get me wrong: garlic is great for your health, but don’t go out eating it like chips. For most people, garlic is safe but can cause side effects if eaten too much at once, such as upset stomach, diarrhea, bloating, and odor. Fact: I actually ate a cup of freshly minced garlic! (Talk about garlic breath.) But no worries, in this halibut recipe, there’s no need to worry about too much garlic: it has just the right amount.

Here’s what you’ll need for the halibut:

Halibut fillets which are rich in protein and selenium.

Sea salt and black pepper are to spice it up and season it well.

Lemon juice adds citrus notes that you can’t go without!

Garlic helps to fight inflammation and pairs so well with the lemon juice.

Olive oil and unsalted butter is what you’ll need to cook the halibut in the skillet with.

What do you need to make salsa?

Juicy tomatoes can lower the risk of heart disease.

Red onion is rich in quercetin.

Fresh cilantro helps to raise energy levels.

Garlic helps to fight inflammation.

Avocado is filled with potassium and vitamin E.

Lemon juice brings out a great flavor in these fresh ingredients and is rich in vitamin C.

Sea salt and black pepper are needed for seasoning.

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Here are great sides and appetizers to serve with this halibut:

Quick and Easy Creamy Stuffed Eggs with Dill are perfectly garlic-y.

Mango Salad with Avocado holds you over while you wait for the halibut to cook!


Pan-Seared Halibut in Butter Garlic Sauce and Easy Salsa

This Pan-Seared Halibut is tender halibut fillets coated in butter garlic sauce and topped with juicy citrus salsa.
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Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main Course, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Fish, Meat Dishes, Seafood
Allergy: Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Nut Free
Total Time: 45 minutes
Calories: 242kcal
Author: Marina Rizhkov


  • small bowl
  • garlic press
  • Lemon squeezer
  • mixing bowl
  • tongs


  • lb halibut filet
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter

Easy Salsa:

  • 3 large tomatoes, diced
  • ¼ red onion, diced
  • 1 Tbsp fresh cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • tsp salt
  • tsp black pepper
  • 1 avocado, peeled, pitted, & finely chopped


  • Pat dry, room-temperature halibut filets.
    1½ lb halibut filet
  • In a small bowl, combine salt, pepper, lemon juice, and garlic.
    ¼ tsp sea salt, ¼ tsp black pepper, 2 Tbsp lemon juice,, 1 clove garlic,
  • Generously rub the mixture on the halibut, both sides
  • Heat the olive oil and butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. When hot, add halibut filets. Sear for 4 minutes until golden, then turn the fillets over and sear the other side for another 4-5 minutes or until the fish reaches your desired doneness.
    ½ Tbsp olive oil, 1 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • While halibut is cooking, make the salsa by combining the ingredients together (tomatoes, red onion, cilantro, garlic, lemon juice, salt, pepper, & avocado).
    3 large tomatoes,, ¼ red onion,, 1 Tbsp fresh cilantro,, 1 Tbsp lemon juice, ⅛ tsp salt, ⅛ tsp black pepper, 1 avocado,, 3 cloves garlic,
  • When serving halibut, add a spoonful of salsa on each halibut filet.


Calories: 242kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 275mg | Potassium: 992mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 842IU | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 1mg
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