You don’t have to break the bank going to a fancy restaurant to get a gourmet halibut dinner – and this recipe is so quick and easy you’ll be in love!
My mom made a similar recipe when I was a kid, but (as always), I enjoy adding my own twist and trying new things… So this is an “Ellie Original” recipe!
When cooking fish, the biggest mistake you can make is overcooking it; if you undercook it, you can always put it back on the heat again.
But once it is overcooked, there is no going back. Overcooked fish gets dried out and chewy, rather than the perfectly tender, flaky result we are going for.
The bake time will depend on the size and thickness of your halibut, so I recommend checking the “done-ness” by cutting into the centre of one of your halibut steaks at 10 minutes. The fish should be white when it is fully cooked; if it still has a translucent look, you should leave it in the oven for another minute or two.
Did I mention that this recipe is super fast? With only 10ish minutes in the oven, this meal can be ready in a flash!
While fresh halibut is ideal, you can also use frozen halibut steaks.
Growing up, we always had TONS of fish in the freezer from fishing season (though we usually had more salmon than halibut), so we ended up eating our fair share of fish throughout the year – hence getting creative with recipe ideas!
Pro tip for storing fish without getting freezer burn:
Fold your fresh fish fillet into thirds with the smallest part of the fillet toward the inside and freeze.
Once it is fully frozen, fill the freezer bag with cold water and freeze again.
The ice jacket that forms will protect your fillet from freezer burn for long-term storage.
If you are using frozen halibut for this recipe, allow it to thaw overnight in your fridge.
When you are ready to start dinner, pre-heat your oven to 450º F while you prep your halibut steaks.
Note: you likely want to start your other dishes at this point, as well, since the halibut steaks only take 10 minutes in the oven.
Pat your halibut dry with a paper towel and cut into strips about two inches wide, then sprinkle with a bit of salt & pepper.
Next, mix your cream cheese, lemon juice, lemon zest, fresh dill, chives, and garlic.
Personally, I prefer to use oven roasted garlic, but you can simply mince a couple fresh cloves of fresh garlic if you don’t want to take the time to make oven roasted garlic.
As with most of my recipes, you can adjust the amount of garlic and herbs to your personal taste.
The cream cheese adds a creamy richness that pairs well with the halibut and the lemon-dill blend has such a bright, refreshing zing to it!
Once all the ingredients are well incorporated, spread the cream cheese & herb mix evenly over the top of your halibut steaks and then sprinkle a little smoked paprika over the top.
Transfer your halibut steaks to a lightly oiled baking sheet and place on the middle rack of the oven.
Bake for 10 minutes, and enjoy!
I personally love rice with fish, so I typically will make my rosemary rice recipe and do a side of green beans or some other garden-fresh veggie to go with dinner.
Roasted Halibut Steaks with Lemon-Dill Cream Cheese
4 halibut steaks, cut to 2″ wide
1/4 cup cream cheese
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/8 teaspoon lemon zest
1 Tablespoon fresh dill, chopped
1 teaspoon fresh chives, chopped
2-3 cloves oven roasted garlic, chopped
Salt & pepper to taste
- Pat halibut dry and cut into 2″ wide steaks. Sprinkle salt & pepper to taste.
- Chop garlic and herbs, then zest and juice the lemon.
- Mix cream cheese, garlic, herbs, lemon juice, and lemon zest until well incorporated.
- Spread cream cheese mixture over the halibut steaks, then sprinkle with paprika.
- Transfer halibut steaks to a lightly oiled baking sheet and place in pre-heated oven.
- Bake at 450º for 10 minutes or until no longer translucent in the middle of the halibut.
I also love grilling our meals and I imagine this recipe would be fabulous on a cedar blank, grilled on a hot summer day.