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Pan-Broiled Halibut with Lemon, Parsley, & Capers

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  • Author: Alexandra
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 2 to 4


Pan broiling: A super simple method devised to avoid having to flip delicate fillets of fish.For the first time in a long time, I bought some halibut, which is so expensive but so good. It was a treat. I’ve used this method for haddock, pollock, and cod, too. Be sure to note the thickness before cooking. One-inch fillets may cook as quickly as three minutes.


  • 2 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon capers
  • 2 tablespoons parsley
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • Three to four 6-oz halibut fillets, no thicker than 1.5 inches, skin on or off
  • kosher salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons grapeseed or other neutral oil
  • lemon wedges, for serving


  1. Set a rack four inches from the broiler, and preheat it to high. Be sure it preheats for a good 10 minutes (especially if it’s an old, less powerful one) before you use it.
  2. In a small bowl, stir together the mayonnaise, mustard, capers, parsley, and lemon zest. Season the fish fillets with salt and pepper. Spread the mayonnaise mixture evenly over each of the fillets.
  3. In a large skillet set over high heat, pour in the two tablespoons of oil. When the oil begins to shimmer or is nearly smoking, carefully lower the fillets into the oil, and immediately transfer the skillet to the oven. Cook for 4 to 5 minutes — for 1.5-inch fillets, 5 minutes is about right; for 1-inch fillets, 4 minutes; for even thinner fillets, 3 minutes or less. Transfer fillets to a platter or serving plates and let rest for 1 minute. Serve with lemon wedges on the side.
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes