Blackened Halibut Recipe
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Blackened Halibut Recipe

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Try serving the spicy fillets with garlic mashed potatoes, hot, crusty bread and a crisp salad to lure in your crew. This is what my family eats when we want to celebrate. —Brenda Williams, Santa Maria, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon pepper
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons paprika
  • 4 halibut fillets (4 ounces each)
  • 2 tablespoons butter

Nutritional Facts

1 fillet equals 189 calories, 8 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 51 mg cholesterol, 758 mg sodium, 3 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 24 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1 fat.


  1. In a large resealable plastic bag, combine the first eight ingredients. Add fillets, two at a time, and shake to coat.
  2. In a large cast-iron skillet, cook fillets in butter over medium heat for 3-4 minutes on each side or until fish flakes easily with a fork. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Blackened Halibut in Simple & Delicious April/May 2012, p41

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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Reviewed May. 3, 2016

"Since I don't like a lot of salt I used just 1 tsp of salt, the same for the pepper and cut the cayenne pepper to 1/2 tbsp. I made striped bass (rock fish), it took a bit longer but was really good. My husband loved it. I'm keeping this recipe"

Reviewed Feb. 21, 2016

"Terrible! Ruined some perfectly good halibut. Way to much salt and cyan, even after I decreased the ammounts by a third."

Reviewed Oct. 14, 2013

"I was excited to see an approachable blackened recipe. It was really yummy and flavorful. However, we had one piece that was WAY too salty. Next time I will use half of the salt and possibly add it at the end instead of to the bag."

Reviewed Aug. 28, 2013

"This recipe was great! I love recipes with a kick and this recipe definitely had that. I used a non stick skillet and substituted Tilapia for Halibut because that is what we had at home. We used the blackened fish in tacos and topped with a sweet spicy slaw. It was delicious! We will be making this again soon. It is a great summer recipe!"

Reviewed Apr. 5, 2013

"This recipe is fantastic! I also used a non stick skillet and it turned out great. I served a green salsa and avocado over the top and it was delicious!"

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