Looking for a delicious and healthy seafood dish that’s perfect for summer grilling? Look no further than this mouthwatering grilled halibut recipe! With its firm, meaty texture and mild, sweet flavor, halibut is a popular choice for seafood lovers everywhere. And when it’s grilled to perfection and served with a zesty lemon, garlic, and herb butter, it’s truly a meal to remember. So fire up the grill and get ready to enjoy this tasty and nutritious dish that’s sure to become a family favorite!
What is grilled halibut?
Grilled halibut refers to a cooking method where halibut, a popular white fish, is cooked over medium-high heat, typically on a grill. Add some charcoal and/or wood chunks for a delicious, smoky flavor and a tender, flaky texture.
How do I prepare halibut for grilling?
To prepare halibut for grilling, start by rinsing the fillets under cold water and patting them dry with paper towels. Combine the lemon garlic butter ingredients in a bowl and slather it over all sides of the fillets. Make sure the grill is preheated to medium-high heat before placing the fish on it.
How long should I grill halibut?
The cooking time for grilled halibut depends on the thickness of the fillets. As a general guideline, grill the fish for about 4-6 minutes per side for every inch of thickness. Flip the fillets halfway through the cooking time. The fish should be opaque and easily flake with a fork when it's done.
What is the best temperature for grilling halibut?
Preheat the grill to medium-high heat, usually around 400-450°F (200-230°C), for grilling halibut. This temperature allows for proper cooking and helps to achieve a nicely browned exterior while keeping the fish moist and tender.
Should I oil the grill before grilling halibut?
Yes, it's recommended to lightly oil the grill grates before grilling halibut. This helps prevent the fish from sticking to the grates and makes it easier to flip. Use an oil with a high smoke point, such as canola or vegetable oil, and apply it using a brush or a folded paper towel in tongs.
How can I prevent halibut from sticking to the grill?
Besides oiling the grill grates, there are a few additional steps you can take to prevent halibut from sticking to the grill. Make sure the grill is preheated properly before placing the fish on it. Also, avoid flipping the fish too early; wait until it naturally releases from the grates before flipping. Finally, using a fish spatula or a thin metal spatula can help gently lift the fillets without sticking.
Can I grill frozen halibut?
While it's possible to grill frozen halibut, it's generally recommended to thaw the fish before grilling. Thawing allows for more even cooking and better flavor. To thaw halibut, transfer it from the freezer to the refrigerator and let it thaw overnight. If you're in a rush, you can also thaw it in a sealed plastic bag under cold running water.
- 4 skinless halibut fillets
- 3/4 cups unsalted butter, softened
- 2 tablespoons fresh thyme
- 1 tablespoon shallot, minced
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
Preheat the grill
Preheat the grill to 375°F. If using a charcoal grill, I recommend using indirect heat to avoid burning the flesh.
Make the lemon garlic butter mixture
In a bowl, add all of the butter mixture ingredients. Mix well to combine.
Prep the halibut
Rinse the halibut fillets under cold water and pat dry with paper towels. Slather the butter mixture over the entire service of the fillets.
Place the halibut fillets on the grill
Take a paper towel and dampen it with some cooking oil. Use a pair of tongs to hold the paper towel and gently rub it over the grill grates. This simple step will help ensure that the halibut doesn't stick to the grates when you cook it on the grill (see notes for more tips). Place the halibut directly on the grill grates and cook for 6 minutes.
Flip and continue grilling the halibut
Flip the halibut using a spatula being careful not to tear the flesh. If the halibut seems stuck to the grill grate, let it cook for another minute or 2 before flipping. Continue grilling the halibut for another 5-6 minutes until they reach an internal temperature of 130°F to 135°F. I recommend using a good meat thermometer for this.
Serve the grilled halibut
Remove the halibut from the grill and serve with sliced lemon wedges.