Halibut with Lemon-Basil Vinaigrette Recipe


Halibut with Lemon-Basil Vinaigrette is a very light and tasty seafood dish!  This lemon-basil vinaigrette would be good on any fish of your choice.  You will enjoy the lemon caper combination.  This is a perfect light dinner to serve your family, plus it also makes a great company meal.  It is amazingly easy to prepare.


Halibut with Lemon-Basil Vinaigrette


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



Halibut with Lemon-Basil Vinaigrette Recipe:
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Halibut with Lemon-Basil Vinaigrette Recipe
Servings: 4 servings
  1. In a small bowl, whisk together lemon zest, lemon juice, olive oil, and garlic.  Stir in 2 tablespoons fresh basil and capers.  Season vinaigrette to taste with salt and pepper.  NOTE: Can be prepared 1 hour ahead.  Let stand at room temperature until ready to use.

  2. Prepare barbecue (medium-high heat) or preheat broiler.  Season halibut steaks with salt and pepper.  Brush halibut with lemon vinaigrette, dividing equally.

  3. Grill or broil halibut steaks approximately 4 minutes per 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.  

  4. Approximately cooking times for halibut:

  5. 1/4 to 1/3-inch - 3 to 4 minutes 

  6. 1/2 to 3/4-inch - 4 to 6 minutes 

  7. 1 to 1 1/2-inch - 8 to 12 minutes

  8. Carefully transfer fish to individual serving plates.  Whisk remaining lemon vinaigrette; pour over fish. Garnish cooked halibut with remaining 1 tablespoon basil leaves and serve.

  9. Makes 4 servings.


Thermapen Internal Temperature Cooking ChartI get many readers asking what cooking/meat thermometer that I prefer and use in my cooking and baking. I, personally, use the Thermapen Thermometer. Originally designed for professional use, the Super-Fast Thermapen Thermometer is used by chefs all over the world.  I only endorse a few products, on my web site, that I like and use regularly.

You can learn more or buy yours at: Super-Fast Thermapen Thermometer.

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Source:  Original recipe from the Bon Appetit magazine, July 1995.

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