Cilantro Halibut

Cilantro Halibut Recipe

Flaky sweet Halibut is a perfect platform for this toasted cilantro and lime bread crumb topping. It’s an elegant, easy and incredibly tasty dinner.

Beautiful wild caught Halibut is expensively showcased in our markets right now. I grabbed 3/4 pound and sauteed it into this delicious dinner for two. Served alongside a Rick Bayless inspired Avocado, and Champagne Mango salad with pine nut dressing topped with crumbled queso fresco, we enjoyed a very special southwestern meal.

This would work well with Mahi-Mahi or even Tilapia. Any type of finely ground bread crumbs would do, but I needed to use up some Italian bread crumbs and combining the two flavor combinations made for a wonderful crunchy flavor on that fish. I won’t change it up in the future unless I just don’t have Italian in the pantry.

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Cilantro Halibut
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Fresh with lime and cilantro, this is a great recipe for fish.
Recipe type: Seafood, Dinner
Serves: 2
  • ¾ pound Halibut
  • 4 tablespoons lime juice, divided
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ¼ cup dry Italian bread crumb
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 4 tablespoons cilantro crushed, divided
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice zest
  • fresh ground pepper
  1. Rub the fish with half the lime juice and salt. Place skin side down in a heavy skillet and saute in olive oil until almost done. Turn during cooking.
  2. In another skillet add olive oil and heat. Add the breadcrumbs, garlic, salt and 2 T. cilantro. Toast over low heat, stirring constantly until crumbs are golden brown.
  3. Spread over the fish and cook until fish flakes easily.
  4. Blend the remaining lime juice and oil together. Drizzle over fish.
  5. Combine remaining cilantro and lime zest and sprinkle over fish.
  6. Serve hot with warmed tortillas and lime wedges.

Cilantro Halibut…It’s What’s for Dinner.

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    • Lea Ann says

      Oh Karen, please don’t tell me that you’re the cilantro hater?!?!? :) You could substitute parsley. Would probably go better with the Italian Bread crumbs anyway.

    • Lea Ann says

      I will. I would agree with your opinion. It’s magnificent. And the Champagne Mangoes are wonderful with this.

  1. says

    The champagne mango salad looks delicious, Lea Ann. I’m not a cilantro fan and usually substitute parsley. Think it will work just fine in this recipe.

  2. says

    That halibut looks fantastic! Love the crust – although I’d have to switch it out with parsley or something if I made it. Chris so dislikes cilantro – then again, I could make it just for me!!!

  3. says

    What a great meal, Lea Ann. Even here on the Pacific NW coast halibut is very expensive and I’m very careful how I prepare it – I think simple is always best. Your crumb topping is making my mouth water and I love the green salad you served with the fish. Any time you mention Rick Bayless you get my attention. Wonderful post.

    • Lea Ann says

      Thanks Cathy. I’m always nervous cooking am expensive and thick cut of fish like that. I don’t know how, but I got it cooked perfectly. ::: whew! I’ll post the salad recipe soon.

    • Lea Ann says

      I headed right over there and you’re right, it’s right up my alley. Also love her blog, I’m a new subscriber.

  4. says

    I love halibut but wish it weren’t so expensive! I could eat it once a week. Delicious preparation with the cilantro and citrus flavors.

  5. says

    I’m in love the lime bread crumbs. We always used limes on fish when we lived in the Bahamas. Limes grew everywhere in the islands and lemons were expensive to buy and often not very fresh. Will definitely try this. You know I love mangos too.

  6. says

    Look at that halibut, I could sink my teeth right into the screen! Girl, I love me some cilantro! I so have to have halibut with cilantro soon.

  7. says

    Halibut is one of the fishes that I can enjoy-Unfortunately, for me enjoying fish has been a challenge. I know that halibut (especially wild) can be pricey-Its worth it if it is enjoyed,

    As always, thanks for sharing with us.


  8. says

    What a lovely meal. The halibut looks wonderful and the ingredients you’ve used to make it guarantee that it will be delicious. The lime crumbs are a great addition.I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  9. says

    mmm . . . love the flavor combo here. Cilantro and lime combined with crunchy crumbs sound like a perfect topping for fish. Gorgeously plated!

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