Spicy Grilled Halibut Recipes

Because it cooks quickly and needs little preparation, fish is a great option for weeknight meals. In the summer, you can grill it instead of heating up your kitchen.

Though halibut is preferred, any firm white fish works well; just make sure to brush a clean grill grate with oil to prevent the fish from sticking. Halibut is a mild-flavored, firm-fleshed fish that easily takes on the flavors in sauces and rubs like the sweet-and-smoky spices added here.

The short time on the grill brings out the smoky flavors of the rub. Fish should cook for approximately 8 minutes for each inch of thickness.

Spray each fillet with nonstick spray before placing it on the grill, spiced side down, and cook the fish, covered, for 4-5 minutes per side, or until it flakes easily when tested with a fork.

The fish is given a sweet and smoked flavor by brown sugar and paprika, and tanginess by coriander.

The grill will bring out the sweetness and smokiness of the fillets, so place them on it spiced side down.

Halibut fillets should be tested on the grill with a fork to see if they are done; if they flake easily, they are.

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  1. Mix together paprika, oregano, thyme, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, black pepper and cayenne pepper in a small bowl; stir until well combined.
  2. Place halibut on a nonstick or vegetable spray-coated broiler pan. …
  3. Broil 10 minutes per inch of thickness, or until fish flakes easily with a fork.

Grilled Halibut

Grilled Halibut with Sweet-Smoked Rub 🔗


Serving Size: 4 servings

Nutrition Facts: servingSize 4 servings, calories 201, Fat 3g, Carbohydrate 4g, Fiber 1g, Protein 37g, Saturated Fat 1g, Sodium 377mg, Cholesterol 97mg


  • 1 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp. ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • COAT:
  • 4 halibut fillets (6–8 oz. each)
  • 1 Tbsp. orange zest


  1. Preheat grill or grill pan to medium-high. Brush grill grate with oil.
  2. Combine brown sugar, paprika, coriander, and salt in a bowl.
  3. Coat tops of fillets with the spice mixture. Spray each fillet with nonstick spray and place on grill, spiced side down. Grill fish, covered, until it flakes easily when tested with a fork, 4–5 minutes per side.
  4. Top each fillet with zest.


How do you grill halibut without drying it out?

The most traditional way to prepare halibut is to pan-fry a fillet and serve it with a simple sauce over a bed of greens.

What flavors go well with halibut?

Prepare the fish by placing the halibut fillet in a shallow baking dish. Season. Gently toss the fillet to ensure that all sides are evenly coated in the butter. Oil the grill. Wet a paper towel with cooking oil. Grill the halibut. Serve.

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