This pan-seared halibut is tender halibut fillets coated in butter garlic sauce and topped with juicy citrus salsa.

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. 

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. 

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. 

How to prepare Pan Seared Halibut Fillet in Butter Sauce and Salsa

marinascookbook pan seared halibut with butter sauce and salsa

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

marinas cookbook salsa recipe

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.

marinascookbook pan seared halibut

Pan Seared Halibut Recipe with Salsa

Course: dinner, lunch, Main Course, Salad
Keyword: dinner, fish, halibut, lunch, pan seared, salsa
Servings: 5 people
Calories: 249kcal


  • 1.5 lb halibut fillet
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter


  • 3 large tomatoes finely chopped
  • 1/4 red onion finely chopped
  • 1 Tbsp fresh cilantro leaves finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • 1 avocado peeled, pitted, and finely chopped


  • Pat dry, room-temperature halibut filets.
  • In a small bowl, combine salt, pepper, lemon juice, and 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.


  • While halibut is cooking, make the salsa by combining the ingredients together. 
  • When serving halibut, add a spoonful of salsa on each halibut filet.


Calories: 249kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 276mg | Potassium: 1061mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1130IU | Vitamin C: 24mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 1mg

Tools you may need to make Pan Seared Halibut with Salsa

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This