Panko Crusted Halibut with White Serrano and Cilantro Sauce Recipe -
Panko Crusted Halibut with White Serrano and Cilantro Sauce Recipe

Panko Crusted Halibut with White Serrano and Cilantro Sauce

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"Yummy crunchy halibut. You can add additional spices, such as paprika or cayenne pepper, to the flour for breading, if desired."

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    30 mins
  • COOK

    20 mins

    1 hr 5 mins


  1. Season halibut fillets all over with 1 teaspoon cracked black pepper and 1 teaspoon sea salt.
  2. Whisk flour, remaining black pepper, and 1/2 teaspoon sea salt together in a shallow bowl. Whisk eggs in another shallow bowl. Pour panko bread crumbs into another shallow bowl.
  3. Gently roll 1 halibut fillet in flour mixture to coat and shake off any excess. Dip 1 side of fillet into egg, then press egg-coated side into bread crumbs to coat evenly. Place fillet, panko-side up, onto a plate and repeat with remaining fillets. Cover the plate loosely with plastic wrap and refrigerate until cold, about 15 minutes.
  4. Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Saute shallot and serrano pepper in hot butter until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir half-and-half and cilantro leaves into shallot mixture, bring to a simmer, and cook, stirring frequently, until reduced by half, 6 to 8 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in lime juice and remaining 1/2 teaspoon sea salt. Puree sauce using an immersion blender until smooth.
  5. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and place an ovenproof wire rack on the baking sheet.
  6. Heat canola oil in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Place fillets, panko-side down, in hot oil and cook until golden, about 2 minutes. Flip fillets and transfer, panko-side up, to the wire rack on the prepared baking sheet.
  7. Bake fillets in the preheated oven until fish flakes easily with a fork, 6 to 7 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read 145 degrees F (63 degrees C). Transfer fillets to plates and top with cilantro sauce.
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  • Nutrition:
  • The nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of the breading ingredients. The actual amount of the breading consumed will vary.

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Feb 06, 2015

My family is a big fan of cilantro cream sauce, so, I thought this recipe was something we would like. I used haddock instead of halibut because it is more readily available in my area. The preparation of the fish was easy and with the addition of more spices to the flour as the recipe submitter suggested it had a mild, but, good flavor and a nice crunchy crust. After reducing the cream sauce by half and pureeing the sauce it was too thick, so, I added some chicken broth to slightly dilute. We were not fans of the flavor of the sauce. Most cilantro lime cream sauces I have made in the past have sour cream which gives them a nice tang. The use of half and half made the sauce too sweet and a tad too rich for us. For our personal taste I would rate the fish a 3-3 1/2, but, the sauce a 3.

Feb 10, 2015

I made one substitution which was fresh catfish caught from my pond in place of the halibut. This was tasty but I do think there is room for improvement. I only coated one side of the fish with panko and I think coating both sides is a must and there is plenty of egg/panko to do it. I had problems with the sauce. I am not sure what I did wrong but it never did thicken. I went ahead and served it as is instead of taking the time to manually thicken it and it tasted fine but was not visually appealing. I loved the crunch the fish had and I will make this recipe again with a few modifications.


3 Ratings

Feb 05, 2015

My rating reflects the amount of ingredients called for in the coating for the halibut and also the cooking temperature and time of the baking of it. You could get by, in my opinion, with half the panko and flour and eggs. I even coated both sides of the halibut steaks I used and still had quite a bit left over. I used some Tajin seasoning in the flour mix which added to the flavor! My fish took more time to bake to doneness at that temperature, but that could be the result of not knowing the thickness of the 6 oz pieces the submitter was using. I used heavy cream in the cilantro sauce, and that worked well. The cilantro I have is beautiful in looks but tasteless, so that was disappointing. I would try this recipe again because we loved the flavors. Thanks, andrealeigh01!


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  • Calories
  • 611 kcal
  • 31%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 36.4 g
  • 12%
  • Cholesterol
  • 184 mg
  • 61%
  • Fat
  • 34.2 g
  • 53%
  • Fiber
  • 1.1 g
  • 4%
  • Protein
  • 45 g
  • 90%
  • Sodium
  • 1170 mg
  • 47%

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

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