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This is an easy and delicious grilled halibut recipe with honey and lemon will have you falling in love with fish all over again! Enjoy a healthy and delicious meal ready in just minutes whether you prepare it on an outdoor grill or on your stovetop.

Grilled halibut filet.

Fish has always just been okay. It has been served to us overcooked, dry, and without enough seasoning or marinade. So, please forgive us if we’ve neglected our omega 3s and skipped the fish more often than not. The truth is, it took awhile to discover how delicious a well cooked filet of fish could actually taste. There are still certain types of fish that we don’t love, but we are head over heals for halibut. 

The trick with fish is to not overcook it. It is done as soon as it can be flaked with a fork, and should be taken off the heat as soon as it turns white. This particular marinade is great on lots of different fish, but halibut will always be our 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.

  • 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 other types of fish can I use with this recipe?

    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.

  • Fish Buying 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.

  • Outdoor Grill vs. Indoor Cooking

    This recipe can be used on an outdoor gas grill, or indoors using a grill pan. You can also use the same recipe on the stovetop using a regular large heavy skillet. 

Halibut on a grill pan.

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

Halibut on a grill pan.
This is an easy and delicious grilled halibut recipe with honey and lemon will have you falling in love with fish all over again! Enjoy a healthy and delicious meal ready in just minutes whether you prepare it on an outdoor grill or on your stovetop.
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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July 26, 2020 6:34 pm

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…

September 23, 2020 6:26 pm
Reply to  Joe

First thing she said was you can do this in a pan or grill. Can’t stand the correction police…

April 13, 2020 6:16 pm

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!

August 24, 2020 11:07 am
Reply to  Sandra

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

September 13, 2020 3:46 pm
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September 28, 2020 12:26 pm
Reply to  Ham

What kind of oil do you recommend?

July 26, 2020 8:11 am

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!!

Dave S
May 3, 2020 5:58 pm

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.

Justin Muckle
May 27, 2020 10:35 pm

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

June 13, 2020 7:29 pm

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!

May 24, 2020 9:30 am

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
June 27, 2020 9:29 pm

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!

June 15, 2020 5:52 pm

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

May 17, 2020 6:39 pm

5 stars
Love this recipe! Very tasty fish

January 6, 2021 11:37 am

5 stars
Thank you for this recipe! Made it last night and it turned out wonderfully!

November 14, 2020 11:29 am

5 stars
This is by far the best halibut recipe we have tried thus far. Simple and delicious!

Sam Whitely
November 8, 2020 10:26 pm

5 stars
Great thanks

October 17, 2020 2:13 pm

Excellent beautiful meal!!!!

Alan Jones
October 16, 2020 5:10 pm

5 stars

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