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 Easy and delicious grilled halibut recipe with honey and lemon will have you falling in love with fish for the first time, or all over again! Enjoy a healthy and delicious meal ready in just minutes!
Grilled Halibut with lemon being squeezed on top

The trick with fish is to not overcook it. It is done as soon as it can be flaked with a fork. Get it off the heat as soon as it turns white. This particular marinade is great on lots of different fish, but halibut will always be my favorite. It is mild in flavor and brings out the delicate flavors of the fish. Serve it with a spritz of additional lemon juice for that extra hit of acidity.

PRO TIP: When purchasing fish, including halibut, always ask to smell it first. It shouldn’t smell fishy or ocean-like at all. That’s how you know you’ve got a good piece. Fish that is frozen should be eaten as soon as it is thawed.

Grilled Halibut on a white plate next to salad and lemon wedges

Is halibut a good fish to eat?

When it comes to healthy eating, halibut is a great addition to a healthy diet and is full of omega 3 fatty acids. For those who are concerned about sustainability, Atlantic Wild Caught Halibut is on the do not eat list as the stock is depleted, while Pacific Halibut is okay.

What fish is most similar to halibut?

Halibut is an oily white fish. Similar white fishes that can be substituted for halibut include fluke, flounder, and turbot. For halibut steaks, cod or striped bass are also acceptable substitutes.

Watch the video to see just how easy it is to make this tasty fish. If I could eat this every day, I would! It’s simply, delicious, and good for you all that the same time! You can also check out the rest of my cooking videos on my YouTube Channel. There’s more than 150 restaurant quality recipes you can easily make at home.

How to Make Grilled Halibut Recipe

This recipe first appeared on The Stay At Home Chef on January 22, 2013

Grilled halibut with a salad and lemon wedges on a white plate with a fork nearby
Enjoy a healthy and delicious meal ready in just minutes! Easy and delicious grilled halibut with honey and lemon will have you falling in love with fish for the first time, or all over again!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
  • 2 tablespoons butter melted
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 lemon juiced
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 pound fresh halibut filet
  • In a small mixing bowl, combine the butter, honey, lemon juice, soy sauce, pepper, and garlic.
  • Portion your halibut by cutting it with a sharp knife into 3 or 4 pieces. A serving size of fish is 3 to 6 oz so portion it depending on the particular size of your filet. Brush both sides of each with the liquid mixture.
  • Heat pan until it is sizzling hot (a drop of water sizzles and immediately evaporates when it hits the pan. Sear the halibut for 90 seconds on each side. Reduce the heat to medium and cook each side for an additional 2-3 minutes, until the fish can be easily flaked with a fork.


Calories: 193kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 70mg | Sodium: 295mg | Potassium: 511mg | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 250IU | Vitamin C: 7.6mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 0.3mg
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Grilled Halibut

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5 stars
Absolutely my favorite for halibut. I doubled the recipe, added two tablespoons of brown sugar, brought it to a boil on the stove until it started to caramelized, and then baked the fish with all of the sauce in the oven and poured the remaining sauce over rice. Just amazing!


Do you all add oil or butter to the skillet first before searing?




4 stars
This is a fantastic recipe – the sauce and basting are spot on – but the title is incorrect. Nothing in this recipe is grilled…

Dave S

Marinated for 30 minutes or so before pan searing. Browned more quickly than I thought (cast iron pan was smoking).
Cooked to internal temp of 135 degrees – nice and tasty. Would highly recommend.


5 stars
If I could give this recipe more stars I would!! I followed it exactly and have never had such a delicious marinade for a fish before. And here’s when you know it’s a hit: when you’re guests (who flew in from Alaska with fresh halibut packed on ice) RAVE about it and say 3 times during the meal that’s it’s the best halibut recipe they’ve ever had and would I please share the recipe. So yes, it’s a 5+ star all the way!!

Justin Muckle

3 stars
Great recipe, but I tried it on the grill and it cooked perfect with the exception that the honey mixture was almost non existent


5 stars
WOW!!! I have never reviewed a recipe online before but I just have to for this! It is so amazingly delicious and easy – I can’t wait to try this sauce with everything else! I made this with grilled asparagus and potatoes and drizzled some of the suace over the asparagus after grilling – AMAZING! Also want to note that I did marinate the halibut for about 30 minutes like others suggested. Thank you so much!


5 stars
Unbelievably Simple and DELICIOUS!! I also marinated for 30 minutes and then grilled the fish and simmered the extra marinade on the stovetop to use as a finishing sauce over the top when serving. This is my new “go to” recipe for halibut!

Beckie Hook

5 stars
Easy and delicious! I decided to use a citrus salt mixture by Borsari before spooning the marinade on the fish. Then seared flesh side down for 90 seconds in a ribbed sear pan as directed.
I did not remove the skin and after searing one side, I laid pieces skin side down on sheet pan lined with parchment paper and finished in the oven at 425 for 10 minutes. Pieces were about 1″ thick and turned out perfectly. I served it with a mango, pineapple, jalapeño salsa. We loved it!

5 stars
Fantastic way to cook halibut!! Family loved it. Thanks

5 stars
Love this recipe! Very tasty fish


Amazing! I can’t have butter, so I substituted for coconut oil. Combined the sauce ingredients in a mortar and pestle and marinated the halibut for about 20 minutes. Since the coconut oil won’t brown the fish as much as butter, I put Avocado oil in the pan and placed the flesh side down first. Wow! Perfect color. After the fish was cooked and plated, I heated up the rest of the sauce in the pan and then spooned it over the top of the fish. Hands down, the best fish I have ever made. Literally ‘hoovered’ by the family. Thank… Read more »


4 stars
I truly enjoyed. Added shallots and 3 cloves minced fresh garlic, fresh rosemary chopped with sage. Grilled in sealed aluminum foil for 8-10 minutes. Do not over cook💜💐 Thank you for sharing this marinate. Delicious

Nikki Winterhelt

5 stars
So great!!Marinated it as well for about 30 minutes in the sauce.


Last year my husband brought home some amazing halibut. I just made your marinade, and marinated it for a few hours.
It turned out really delicious. The flavours are well balanced. I will definitely be using this recipe again, but I will double the marinade for basting!!


2 stars
I had misgivings about this recipe but decided to try it based on all the positive reviews. I did not like the honey on fish. If you like sweet fish, you will like this recipe. If not, it will not like this dish.

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