I grew up fishing with my dad every summer and bringing home salmon, halibut, and rock fish. Despite having had fish in many ways, I was never much of a fan. That is until I tried this oven-fried halibut recipe! Fish is a relatively healthy dinner recipe; it is packed with protein as well as many minerals the body needs. This recipe is also somewhat healthier than eating fried fish and has more flavor.
To begin, I carefully cut the skin off of the halibut and sliced the fillet into two pieces so that it became twice as thin as before. This way, the cooking wouldn’t take long and I didn’t have to worry about the fish burning in the oven. Then I mixed up the panko with basil, parsley, garlic, and onion powder. Both the herbs added beautiful color to the fish and the garlic gave a nice complimentary flavor.
I first dredged the halibut fillets in flour. I made sure all the sides were covered evenly. Then I dipped each fillet in egg and finally, the halibut was placed in panko mixture. Once both fish were thoroughly covered, I heated up a pan with some olive oil. I decided to cook each fillet separately so that there would be no pan-crowding. Each fish cooked for about two minutes on a side and for part of the time I pressed the fish against the side of the pan so the sides would be cooked as well.
When both fillets were golden brown, I put them in the oven for five minutes and served them with rice pilaf and lemon wedges. The fish was flaky and cooked through but also had a beautiful golden crust on the outside. My mother, who normally hates anything fish, loved this dish and has requested that it be made again! Give it a try, if you have any comments on the recipe, leave them below. Bon Appetit!
Garlic Herb Halibut
Adapted from MyRecipes
Makes 2 to 3 servings
1/2 cup panko
1 tablespoon basil, chopped
1 tablespoon flat-leaf parsley, chopped
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1 garlic clove, minced
1 egg, plus 1 egg white
2 tablespoons flour
1 large halibut fillet
Salt and pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil, separated
Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
Combine panko, basil, parsley, onion powder, and garlic in a shallow bowl.
In another shallow bowl, lightly beat egg and egg white. In a third shallow bowl, place the flour.
Remove skin from halibut and cut into two thinner pieces. Season with salt and pepper.
Dredge the fish in the flour, then the egg, and finally the panko. Be sure that the fish is completely covered.
Heat olive oil in a skillet pan over medium-high heat. Once hot, place one fish fillet in for two minutes on a side, until golden brown. Repeat with remaining fillet and remaining olive oil.
Place on an aluminum foil lined baking sheet and bake for 5 minutes or until fish flakes.