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How to Grill Halibut: The Complete Grill Guide

by Outdoor Cooking Pros September 30, 2021

How to Grill Halibut

If you've tried a grilled steak, you should definitely give grilled halibut a try!

Why? It's dense, does not smell fishy, flavorful, and fresh!

But if you're a beginner, grilling halibut fillet might be a nerve-wracking fish to work with on the grill.

Don't you worry! With this step-by-step guide, you'll have a recipe for perfectly cooked (and tasty fish) just in time for dinner.

The Step-by-Step Procedure

As complicated as it sounds, a halibut isn't hard to prepare. It's easy to cook and contains MANY HEALTHY fat calories such as omega-fatty acids.

The Step-by-Step Procedure

Here's how you can work with a recipe with this delicious seafood.

Step 1: Get Your Halibut

The first step to this how to grill a halibut recipe is getting a fresh halibut!

Please note that you should have Halibutfillets and NOT Halibutsteaks when you head out from the market or stall.

Halibut fillets have their bones and skin removed for a faster, consistent, and even cook, especially in a grill.

While Halibut steaks have their bones and skin intact while having a consistent size and thickness.

Step 2: Prepare the Ingredients Needed

To make your fish delicious, you'll need to prep time for these ingredients:

Prepare the Ingredients Needed
  • 2 tablespoons butter melted
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic minced

    Once you've gathered them, combine all of the ingredients in a small bowl and set them aside. If there's too much seasoning, add the necessary one.

    Step 3: Fire Up the Grill

    Fire up the grill to at least 375 degrees, medium-high heat. This would give the produce nice-looking grill marks and a better taste.

    Fire Up the Grill

    Step 4: Prepare the Halibut

    • Cut your produce into slices (NOTE: Most fish products have a serving size of 3 to 4 ounces.)
    • Season it with the butter mix you've created.
    • Place them on a baking sheet and season them with kosher salt and black pepper.

    Step 5: Season the Grill Grates

    Before grilling halibut steak, you should season the grill with oil (a high smoking point is preferred, but any type of oil you have will do)

    Spray it on a paper towel or kitchen tissue.

    Be sure to wipe it on the grates to prevents your seafood from sticking when grilling.

    Step 6: Grilling Your Halibut

    Now for the best part, grilling time!

    • Place your buttered and seasoned halibut on the grill
    • Cook the fish for around 5-7 mins total on each side (on thinner cuts)
    • Flip, close the lid and check if the meat thermometer measures an internal temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit.
    • The end product after grillingshould be flaky with your fork and opaque in color.

    NOTE:  If your seafood isn't coming off the grate, you can use a fish basket to help you hold your fish together while cooking.

    Step 7: Serve

    Remove the grilled halibut fillet carefully from the grill and onto a plate with lemon wedges. Squeeze additional lemon juice or add other herbs and spices if desired.


    Great Alternatives for Halibut

    If halibut isn't available in your local wet market or supermarket, don't worry, there are other alternatives for it.


    Cod is a widely known and used fish in the culinary world. It has a meat-like texture and firmness, PERFECT for deep-frying, baking, marinating, and even grilling.

    Moreover, cod has several varieties you can choose from because it possesses a unique flavor and texture.

    Striped Bass

    This fish is another excellent alternative to halibut. Stripped bass has a mild fish taste, great meat-like feel, and delicate flavor to it.

    If you're looking for a fish to bake, grill, or fry, then this fish will be a healthy choice. 

    Here are other fish that's great to grill.

    Great Recipes You Can Do With Halibut

    A grilled halibut isn't the only recipe you should follow. A lot of free recipes also include other cooking methods such as pan-frying or baking. 

    You can also include halibut in a fantastic recipe of salads, tacos, sandwiches, or just with itself.

    If you want to grill halibut, the best way to go is to top it off with recipes that have zingy salsa top off with some delicious greens and herbs.

    It's a LIGHTER meal and a FRESHER one to eat that can lighten up your Sunday family dinner.


    So you see, halibut can be a VERSATILE ingredient you incorporate in your daily meals. Not only that, it has healthy types of fat will boost your body's immune system [1]

    You can cook it with its skin on or as fillets for a lighter and more consistent texture for your taste buds.

    If you're a home chef, a halibut is a must-have seafood if you're looking to bump up your summer dining experience. Our cooking experts hoped this guide on how to grill halibut helped you out!

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