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Pan Fried Halibut in Spiced Butter with Blistered Beans

An easy pan fried halibut recipe seasoned with vanilla spiced brown butter and served with blistered green beans. Delicious and satisfying with no carbs.

Course Main Course
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Author Chef Emily Duff


To Make the Spice Blend (this can be made ahead of time)


  1. Combine all ingredients for the spice blend above and leave out on a paper towel to air dry all day. It will be ready for the halibut dinner in the late afternoon/evening!

  2. Season the halibut liberally with sea salt & cracked white pepper.

  3. On a low to medium flame, warm a saute pan.

  4. Add 4 tablespoons butter to pan and melt.

  5. When butter stops foaming, add fish (scored skin side down and press if it has skin) to pan.

  6. After a few minutes, tilt pan toward you to collect butter and, using a large spoon, bathe the fish with the butter.

  7. Continue bathing until the fish turns translucent.

  8. Add 3 more tablespoons butter to pan and a 2 teaspoons of the spice blend and continue bathing fish until it is cooked through.

  9. Remove fish and continue to brown the butter to achieve a nutty flavor.

  10. To prepare beans, heat a saute pan over moderate to high heat. Add 2 tablespoons butter or olive oil to pan.

    Add washed and cut beans and allow to cook until them "jump." They will jump because they blister. Saute beans till they are blistered on all sides, add sea salt and cracked pepper. 

  11. Spoon butter over pan fried halibut and serve with blistered green beans.

Recipe Notes

Spice/Herb Blend Variations for Pan Fried Halibut
coriander seed, ginger and turmeric.
fennel seed, orange zest and fresh tarragon leaves.
cardamom, garam masala & dill.

Key to Success
low & slow.