Pan-Seared Halibut with Marinated Lemons, Castlevetrano Olives and Calabrian Chilies- citrusy, spicy and fun to make. Allow 8 hours of marinating time. 

Here's a tasty recipe for Pan-Seared Halibut topped with olive oil marinated Meyer lemons, buttery Castlevetrano olives, capers and Calabrian chilies. Once the lemons are marinated the dish comes together in 15 minutes!

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Here’s a tasty recipe for Pan-Seared Halibut topped with olive oil marinated Meyer lemons, buttery Castlevetrano olives, capers and Calabrian chilies. Once the lemons are marinated the dish comes together in 15 minutes.

Marinating the Meyer lemons softens both their texture and flavor, allowing them to be eaten, peel, and all. You could easily do this ahead and refrigerate.

Calabrian Chilies, if unfamiliar, hail from Italy and are typically jarred and packed in olive oil. They are fruity, tangy, spicy and well- we’re smitten with them here and have been putting them on everything from Sourdough pizzas to warm olives, over hummus and avocado toast, and swirled in pasta. Yup, pretty much everything!

ingredients in seared halibut

Ingredients in Pan-Seared Halibut

How to make Seared Halibut

sliced lemons and smashed garlic cloves

Step one: Make the Marinated Lemons (allow 8 hours, or make this ahead and refrigerate for up to 3 days).

Slice lemons thinly, remove seeds, and smash the garlic cloves using the side of a chef’s knife, pressing down hard with your palm.

Heat the oil in a medium saucepan and add the garlic.

Once fragrant (2 minutes) turn the heat off.

Add the lemons, olives, capers and toss. Add chili flakes. Let sit at room temp for 8 hours, stirring occasionally.

marinating the lemons

Step two: Cook the Halibut. 

Season with salt and pepper.

seasoning the halibut with salt and pepper

Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Sear the top side first until beautifully golden (3-4 minutes). Turn over, lower heat to medium and continue cooking until sides no longer look translucent, another 2-4 minutes.

Squeeze with lemon juice.

pan-searing the halibut in a skillet with olive oil

Step three: Assemble.

When ready to serve, gently warm the marinated lemons and spoon them along with the olives and capers over the halibut.

Here's a tasty recipe for Pan-Seared Halibut topped with olive oil marinated Meyer lemons, buttery Castlevetrano olives, capers and Calabrian chilies. Once the lemons are marinated the dish comes together in 15 minutes

Dot with Calabrian Chilies to taste.

Sprinkle with fresh parsley.

Serve Pan-Seared Halibut With:

Here's a tasty recipe for Pan-Seared Halibut topped with olive oil marinated Meyer lemons, buttery Castlevetrano olives, capers and Calabrian chilies. Once the lemons are marinated the dish comes together in 15 minutes!

Serve the Pan Seared Halibut over Creamy Polenta, Risotto, or with potatoes and your favorite green veggie.

More Halibut Recipes you may like!

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Here's a tasty recipe for Pan-Seared Halibut topped with olive oil marinated Meyer lemons, buttery Castlevetrano olives, capers and Calabrian chilies. Once the lemons are marinated the dish comes together in 15 minutes

Pan-Seared Halibut with Marinated Lemons and Calabrian Chilies

  • Author: Sylvia Fountaine | Feasting at Home
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 2-4 1x
  • Category: fish, main
  • Method: stovetop
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

A tasty recipe for Pan-Seared Halibut topped with olive oil marinated Meyer lemons, buttery Castlevetrano olives, capers and Calabrian chilies. Once the lemons are marinated, the dish comes together in 15 minutes. Note: requires 8-12 hours of lemon marinating time.


Ingredients

Scale

Marinated Lemons

  • 1 meyer lemon, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 48 garlic cloves, smashed
  • 1/21 cup castlevetrano olives, pitted
  • 2 tablespoons capers
  • pinch salt
  • pinch allepo chili flakes

Halibut

  • 24 pieces of halibut (46 ounces each)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • olive oil for searing
  • squeeze lemon juice
  • 1/21 tablespoon Calabrian chilies (sliced or minced), jarred in oil

Instructions

  1. Make the Marinated Lemons ( Allow 8 hours, or make a day ahead). Heat olive oil in a medium pot over medium-low heat, add smashed garlic cloves, and poach until fragrant and just barely golden, stirring. Turn heat off. Add lemons, olives,capers, and give a good stir, coating the lemons well. Add the salt and chili flakes. Let marinate on the counter for 8 hours, stirring occasionally or refrigerate for up to 3 days, and reheat gently.
  2. Season each piece of halibut with salt and pepper. Heat oil in a large skillet (cast iron works great here) over medium-high heat.
  3. Carefully place the halibut in the skillet, top side down- letting it form a golden crust, about 3-4 minutes. Turn over and lower heat to medium; continue cooking another 3 -4 minutes or until halibut is no longer translucent in the center. Timing will depend on the thickness of the filet. (For very thick filets, feel free to pan-sear and cook through in a 350F oven.)
  4. Squeeze with Lemon juice.
  5. To serve, divide among plates ( or place on a platter) and spoon the warmed marinated lemons & olives on and around the halibut.
  6. Dot with Calabrian chilies to taste. Garnish with parsley leaves.

Notes

Serve over creamy polenta, risotto, or potatoes, with a side of asparagus or Fennel Slaw. 

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 4 ounces
  • Calories: 541
  • Sugar: 2.5 g
  • Sodium: 524.2 mg
  • Fat: 51.1 g
  • Saturated Fat: 7.8 g
  • Carbohydrates: 8.5 g
  • Fiber: 1.3 g
  • Protein: 17.2 g
  • Cholesterol: 52.1 mg

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  1. really tasty and fun! I usually only cook salmon but this recipe seemed fun and it turned out delicious for a nice dinner 🙂 I could only find normal lemons not Meyer so I used those and some orange slices to make the marinade a little sweeter but really think the Meyer lemons would be best!