Grilled Halibut with Fennel Sauce Recipe



Grilled Halibut with Fennel Sauce gets the royal treatment with this delicious fennel sauce.  

The fennel sauce enhanced the flavor of the halibut without overpowering it, as the addition of the fennel seeds gives the grilled halibut a crunchy and slightly sweet anise flavor.

I have been a halibut lover for years and this grilled halibut recipe is definitely a winner!  I never miss out on purchasing fresh halibut when season in the northwest.  Grilling seafood is so easy and so low in calories.

More of Linda’s great Halibut Recipes and also How To Select, Buy, and Cook Fish.



Grilled Halibut with Fennel Sauce Recipe:

Grilled Halibut with Fennel Sauce

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 8 servings


Fennel Sauce (see recipe below)
2 teaspoons fennel seeds
2 large garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon coarse salt
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
8 (1-inch-thick) halibut steaks (about 3/4 pound each)*

* Halibut filets may be substituted.



Prepare Fennel Sauce; set aside.  Preheat barbecue grill.  Lightly oil the racks to keep halibut from sticking.

In a dry small frying pan over medium heat, toast fennel seeds, shaking pan, until fragrant and a shade darker.  In an electric coffee/spice grinder grind the toasted fennel seeds.

In a small bowl, stir together lemon juice, ground fennel seeds, garlic, salt, and olive oil.  Place halibut in a large dish and pour marinade over it, turning fish to coat.  Marinate halibut, covered and refrigerated, at least 10 minutes and no more than 1 hour.

Remove halibut from marinade and discard marinade.

Cover barbecue with lid, open any vents, and grill halibut about 5 minutes on each side or until a meat thermometer registers an internal temperature of 140 degrees F (halibut will be slightly opaque in thickest part).  Remember the halibut continues to cook after it is removed from the heat source.

Approximately cooking times for halibut:

1/4 to 1/3-inch - 3 to 4 minutes 
1/2 to 3/4-inch - 4 to 6 minutes 
1 to 1 1/2-inch - 8 to 12 minutes

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Carefully remove the halibut from the grill and transfer onto individual serving plates.

Serve with Fennel Sauce.

Makes 8 servings.


Fennel Sauce:

1 medium fennel bulb with fronds (about 3/4 pound)
1 teaspoon fennel seeds
garlic cloves, minced

Trim fennel stalks flush with bulb, reserving fronds and discarding stalks.  Also trim off any discolored outer layers and discard.  Halve bulb lengthwise and discard core.  Finely chop fronds and bulb.

In a dry small frying pan, toast fennel seeds over moderate heat, shaking skillet, until fragrant and a shade darker.  In an electric coffee/spice grinder grind seeds.

In a large bowl, combined chopped fennel, ground fennel seeds, garlic, yogurt, salt, and lemon juice to taste.  NOTE: May be made 3 days ahead and refrigerated, covered.

Makes about 3 cups.

Source:  This recipe is from Gourmet Magazine, July 1999 issue.

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