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Blackened Halibut

Try serving this spicy halibut recipe with garlic mashed potatoes, hot, crusty bread and a crisp salad to lure in your crew. After trying a few halibut recipes, this one is my family's favorite. —Brenda Williams, Santa Maria, California
  • 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


  • In a large shallow dish, combine the first 8 ingredients. Add fillets, 2 at a time, and turn to coat.
  • In a large cast-iron skillet, cook fillets in butter over medium heat until fish flakes easily with a fork, 3-4 minutes on each side.
Nutrition Facts
1 fillet: 189 calories, 8g fat (4g saturated fat), 51mg cholesterol, 758mg sodium, 3g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 24g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1 fat.

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  • Katy's mom
    Dec 12, 2020

    Way too much spice and salt. Fish has a delicate, mild flavor that's easily overpowered, and halibut is way too expensive to wreck with a heavy hand.

  • TARA
    Apr 8, 2018

    Tasty but following the instructions to a T might help you get your recommended water intake for the day. I like spicy foods, but i’d 1/2 the cayenne pepper if you are not a fan of too much heat. I slugged down about 20 oz of ice water after eating this. Yummy but hot!

  • Susie913
    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

  • dhmeyer
    Feb 21, 2016

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

  • DeliciouslyResourceful_Gina
    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.

  • greatwithoutgluten
    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!

  • Meghannm_24
    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!

  • jsgoldn
    Sep 21, 2012

    I was skeptical at first, but it was perfectly salty-seasony & delicious. I don't have a cast-iron skillet--just used a large nonstick--and it took a lot longer for our pieces of halibut to cook; I've got to keep that in mind for next time so as not to overdo the black.

  • parksville
    Jun 21, 2012

    This was very, very tasty and I would make it again. Made a dill sauce condiment to serve on the side which really complimented the heat in this recipe. Easy and not time consuming.

  • maddie mae
    Apr 1, 2012

    Loved this! The rub is awesome,yummm..!!