Pan Fried Halibut Steak with Light Green Sauce Recipe -
Pan Fried Halibut Steak with Light Green Sauce Recipe
  • READY IN 25 mins

Pan Fried Halibut Steak with Light Green Sauce

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"A delightful and rich halibut recipe with a memorable herbed white wine cream sauce."

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    15 mins

    25 mins


  1. Rinse the halibut steaks and pat dry. Season with salt and pepper, then dust with flour.
  2. Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Fry the halibut steaks in the butter for 4 to 5 minutes, until nicely browned. Remove from the skillet and keep warm.
  3. Reduce the heat to medium, and stir the wine into the pan, scraping up any browned bits stuck to the bottom. Mix in the lemon juice, then stir in the cream. Simmer for 2 to 3 minutes or until it starts to thicken. Season with parsley, basil and capers, and stir for another minute. Serve halibut with sauce spooned over it. Garnish with additional parsley if desired.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Oct 14, 2008

Great dish both in taste and presentation. Between the wine and the capers I didn't think the lemon was necessary, so I left it out and simply served the fish with lemon wedges on the side. Confident or experienced cooks needn't bother with measuring ingredients--just cook away and enjoy yourself! Pour in a glug or two of wine, reduce a bit, pour in a couple glugs of cream, then add herbs and capers to suit your taste. Simply beautiful, and simply delicious.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jul 01, 2007

I don't like it when recipes don't give specific measurements like "one lemon, juiced", The amount of juice one lemon contains can vary greatly. Mine must have been extra juicey because I thought this was way too lemony. My husband raved about it though. The halibut was very good after I scraped most of the sauce off of mine. If I make this again, I will add the lemon juice one tablespoon at a time.

Sep 19, 2007

This is fantastic! My 2 kids and hubby could not stop raving about it-definitely restaurant quality! I will make this again and again! Fairly simple (as long as you have all the ingredients on hand) and it makes for a beautiful presentation. I did not add the capers though. I served this dish with french bread (bread is a must for the yummy sauce), and garlic-parmesan green beans. I am not sure if the green bean recipe is from here or not-I got it somewhere online! You snap off both ends of the fresh green beans, blanch them in a pan in enough water to cover, strain & run under cold water, return to the pan and stir fry them in some butter. Then sprinkle them with garlic salt, pepper, and a good amount of parmesan cheese.

Jun 06, 2007

Halibut is so expensive and hard to get. I am on a low fat diet, so I left out the butter and cream. Also I am short on fresh herbs, so I used dry. Served it on a nice bed of greens with a light vinegrette. See photo.

Jul 11, 2006

My mother and I spent 15 minutes talking about how delicious this recipe was. I didn't even add capers (forgot). I used light butter, and used half the basil and parsley (for 2 halibut steaks), and 1/4 cup of the heavy cream, used one lemon, etc. I thought the sauce would boil away but it didn't. My mother doesn't drink any alcohol so I added mine after I dished hers out. I did not use salt, instead using a very light sprinkle of Cajun seasoning (I'm supposed to not use salt, so I cheat with Cajun seasoning, which has salt but it makes me feel like I'm not using salt). I had leftover halibut from a seafood company that delivers, and swore I couldn't wait to never buy halibut again, but I've changed my mind. This was EXCELLENT. I am shocked at how good it was. And I am no chef. I usually don't follow directions well (hence, no capers). I ate salad with no dressing to go with the meal, as I'm trying to watch my weight. Haven't added up the calories but it was as filling as eating 2 potatoes!

Feb 04, 2007

The store was out of halibut, so I used the mild talipa instead and I think it worked great with the reduction sauce. I wouldn't suggest using salmon. My only other suggestion would be to try not to dawdle in making the sauce, and plate as quickly as possibe. Served with creamed spinach and parsley as decoration, and it looked great. Will definetly make again, maybe with halibut next time.

Nov 17, 2005

I've tried numerous great recipes from this site but this is the first one I've written a review for. I made this recipe over the weekend and it was amazing!!! I followed it exactly as written and wouldn't change a thing! I've been craving the sauce ever since and can't wait to make it again. Thanks Charter Guy!!!

Jul 07, 2007

This is such a great recipe, both my husband and I love it - especially how easy it is to prepare. We've made it many times with different types of white fish and its always turned out great. Better to use fresh lemon then lemon juice. Its great when served with mashed potatoes or couscous since both absorb the sauce nicely.


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  • Calories
  • 527 kcal
  • 26%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 16.5 g
  • 5%
  • Cholesterol
  • 143 mg
  • 48%
  • Fat
  • 28 g
  • 43%
  • Fiber
  • 1.9 g
  • 8%
  • Protein
  • 49.6 g
  • 99%
  • Sodium
  • 441 mg
  • 18%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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