How to Grill Halibut

Halibut is a fish that comes from the flounder family, and is the largest of the flatfish. It can be found the North Atlantic and North Pacific Oceans, and is a popular fish for human consumption because of its dense texture, mild flavor and low fat content. Halibut can be cooked in a variety of ways, though grilling is often favored because it brings out the sweet flavors of this white meat fish. Learning how to grill halibut is easy because of its low fat levels and flavor that is complemented by many herbs, spices and marinades. A few halibut grilling tips is all your need for a flavorful meal.


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    Go to your local supermarket or fish market and purchase halibut steaks.
    • Look for steaks that appear solid without a fishy smell, and keep in mind that thicker steaks take longer to grill.
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    Choose your seasonings or marinades.
    • Halibut steaks go well with just about any herbs or spices, so you can season them as preferred. A tasty marinade can be easily made with lemon or lime juice, parsley, pepper, oil and other desired seasonings.
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    Marinate or oil your halibut steaks.
    • Grilled halibut turns out moist and tender when allowed to soak in marinade in the refrigerator for an hour prior to grilling. If you prefer not to use a marinade, baste each side of your halibut steaks with oil before you put them on the grill.
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    Prepare your grill surface by lightly covering it with cooking oil.
    • Vegetable, canola or olive oil are good choices for grilling halibut. Be sure to add more oil if the grill dries out before your halibut steaks are ready, especially if you choose not to use a marinade.
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    Cook your halibut steaks 7 to 10 minutes on each side on a medium-high heated grill.
    • If your halibut steaks are thicker than 1 inch (2.5 cm), grill them up to 15 minutes on each side.
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    Baste your halibut steaks with marinade or oil during grilling to keep them moist and juicy.
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    Check to see if your grilled halibut is done by flaking it with a fork.
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    Serve hot off the grill with a garnish of fresh lemon or favorite sauce.


  • Because of its low sodium and fat content and high levels of nutrients, protein and omega fatty oils, grilled halibut is a great addition to a healthful diet.
  • Avoid over-grilling so your halibut steaks remain moist and juicy. Once they flake easily, they are ready to eat.
  • Try halibut steaks on the grill with vegetables. The two can be grilled side by side to obtain the best flavors. Put the halibut on the grill first for about 5 minutes prior adding the vegetables so they don't overcook.
  • Try halibut steaks on the grill without seasonings or marinade. The rich, sweet flavor comes through simply from the oil and heat of the grill, and is great by itself.


  • Make sure your halibut steaks are thoroughly grilled before serving them. If they have a rubbery texture or don't flake easily, continue grilling them until they begin to flake.
  • If grilling your halibut steaks on an outdoor charcoal grill, watch them closely so they don't burn. Charcoal grills usually get very hot and cook quickly.

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