When the weather starts to warm up, a question comes up almost daily – What to cook, what to cook? We eat more pasta during the colder months, but less and less as it gets warmer – only about two times a week. So, I look for other quick and easy meals to take its place.
That is where this baked halibut recipe comes in handy. It’s easy to make and a light dinner full of flavor – perfect for a warm day. I love making easy fish recipes such as Italian Fish Soup or Baked Trout or even a simple Italian Sauteed Shrimp.
The first time I made this delicious white fish recipe for lunch, my husband’s response after the first taste was, “this is your Mom’s recipe isn’t it”? “Umm yeah it is” and why would he think that? Because he said it reminded him of Canada.
I knew exactly what he meant, it’s the bread stuffing! Look out turkey, baked halibut handles a bread stuffing just as well.
- Halibut fillets – fresh or frozen
- Butter – salted softened butter
- Chopped celery
- Chopped fresh Italian parsley – also known as flat leaf parsely
- Diced onion – white onion
- Cubed bread slices – day old
- Worcestershire sauce
- Mayonnaise – whole fat mayo
- Red pepper flakes – optional or black pepper
The stuffing is a deliciously creamy combination of mayonnaise, herbs, chopped halibut, and cubed bread. The bread toasts as the fish filets bake creating a nice crunchy topping.
Recipe Steps for Stuffed Baked Halibut
Melt the butter in a frying pan over low heat. Add the celery, onion, and parsley. Cook the vegetables until they softened and then take them off the heat.
Add the bread cubes to the skillet or bowl and toss them with the cooked veggies and butter.
In a small bowl add one halibut fillet finely chopped, Worcestershire sauce, mayonnaise and hot pepper flakes if using. With a fork mix almost to form a paste.
Place the other fillets in a single layer in the prepared baking dish. Season them with salt and pepper and then top them with the fish mixture you mixed in the bowl.
Spread the bread mixture over the top.
Bake the stuffed halibut until the white flesh of the fish flakes easily with a fork.
For serving, garnish the baked halibut with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice, a drizzle of olive oil, and freshly ground black pepper, if you would like.
Is Halibut good for you?
Halibut helps to keep the heart healthy with nutrients such as selenium, magnesium, niacin (vitamin B3), and omega-three fatty acids. Niacin also helps to promote a healthy heart and protects you from developing cardiovascular illness. B3 also helps in protecting your skin from harmful sun rays.
Can you use frozen fish?
For this recipe, I use fresh halibut but frozen is fine, too. Just be sure to thaw it first and pat it dry with a paper towel so there is as little moisture as possible.
How to know when fish is baked
The best way to tell if your fish is done is by using a at the thickest point, and gently twisting the fork. When it’s done the fish will flake easily and it will lose its raw appearance. Or using a thermometer the the internal temperature of cooked fish is 140-145F/ 60-63C degrees.
How to store leftover fish
Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge. It will last up to 3-4 days in the refrigerator. The leftovers must be stored in the fridge within 2 hours of being baked.
The fish can also be frozen in a freezer container. It will last up to one month in the freezer.
Side Dishes to Serve with White Fish
- Italian green beans are an easy side to pair with this dish.
- Parmesan cheese potato rounds are a great side, too.
- Or try some delicious roasted potatoes, asparagus, or broccoli.
- Pair it with a simple salad with some homemade Italian dressing.
- For a real treat, add a rice dish like my creamy zucchini risotto.
This is such an easy dinner with nice contrasting textures. The delicate, flaky halibut with the creamy stuffing and toasted bread topping is wonderful. The best lunch or light dinner when you just want something easy and delicious. Buon Appetito!
Easy Stuffed Baked Halibut
- 4 fresh or frozen halibut fillets (thicker cuts)
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1-2 celery stalks chopped
- 2 tablespoons fresh chopped Italian parsley
- 1 small onion diced
- 2-3 slices bread cubed
- ½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 2 teaspoons mayonnaise
- 1-2 pinches hot pepper flakes or black pepper if desired
- Pre-heat oven to 340F (170C), lightly grease a medium to large baking dish.
- In a medium frying pan on low heat add the butter and melt.
- Add the chopped celery, onion and parsley, cook on low to medium heat until transparent, remove from the heat and toss with the bread crumbs.
- In a small bowl add one halibut fillet finely chopped, Worcestershire sauce, mayonnaise and the hot pepper flakes if using, with a fork mix almost to form a paste.
- Place remaining fillets in the baking dish, season with a little salt and pepper, spread paste and top with bread stuffing on each fillet.
- Bake for approximately 20-25 minutes or until fish is done. Enjoy!
Updated from May 26, 2015.