Baked Halibut with Basil Butter
Our easy 5-Ingredient Almond Crusted Baked Halibut with Basil Butter will wow your friends and family at the dinner table this season! Moist, buttery halibut with a crisp top and herby punch.
Every spring we start eating more fish than we had through the cold months. Do you do that as well? I presume it’s because everything about fish screams light.
Light in color. Light and flaky in texture. Light flavor of the sea. Light on the waistline.
I even find that most types of fish taste best when prepared with a light seasoning, and are lightly cooked… not dried out.
Baked halibut is a fabulous spring dish, because it has such a luxurious taste and texture, and needs only a kiss of flavor to make it shine.
I like to deliver that kiss with a touch of butter.
Butter is a perfect complement to all types of light flaky fish, yet I find is really does wonders for halibut.
In today’s easy 5-Ingredient Baked Halibut with Basil Butter Recipe, I used Land O Lakes® Spreadable Butter with Olive Oil & Sea Salt. This fabulous go-to butter and olive oil spread offers rich buttery flavor that is easy to shmear right out of the refrigerator. With real ingredients: butter, olive oil, and sea salt, it’s a wonderful spreadable option without any fillers. (So it’s gluten free!)
I pureed Land O Lakes® Butter with Olive Oil & Sea Salt with fresh basil leaves and a little garlic. Then I spread just a teaspoon over the top of each halibut fillet.
I sprinkled each fillet with a light dusting of almond meal to create a crusty, nutty top and then I popped them in the oven.
The secret to cooking perfect baked halibut, with a moist flaky interior and crunchy top, is to cook it for a short time on high heat. I baked the fish for 5 minutes, then cranked the heat up to broil and broiled it another 4 to 5 minutes. Just long enough to toast the top.
Halibut is a rich, yet delicate fish. It would be a travesty to overcook it, so make sure to set the timer.
Doesn’t this tender baked halibut look amazing with the golden nutty crust and little bits of basil shining through?
Wait. I think I forgot something…
There we go. It’s even better with another dollop of herby basil butter on top!
The beauty of this Baked Halibut with Basil Butter Recipe is that you can use as much or as little basil butter as you want, to suit your mood or diet. I suggest going with more basil butter, then serving it with a light spring salad to round out the meal. *wink*
A couple weeks ago I was able to share my beloved Almond Crusted Baked Halibut Recipe with a group of friends. I had the opportunity to visit Ree Drummond, the Pioneer Woman and a few other blog buddies out on Ree’s ranch in Oklahoma.
We had a marvelous time sampling each other’s recipes, all made with creamy Land O Lakes® Spreadable Butter.
We participated in a fun “Toast Bar Challenge” in which we all made a gourmet-style toast recipe using Land O Lakes® Butter and an assortment of sweet and savory ingredients.
It was amazing to see all the variations come to the table…
At the end of the day we had a lovely happy hour tailgate picnic with wine, snacks, and the new Land O Lakes® European Style Butter slathered on bread and crackers.
This ultra rich and creamy super premium butter can be found in your local grocery store (in the near future) and makes every buttery treat a bit more spectacular!
Baked Halibut with Basil Butter
- Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and set the halibut fillets on top.
- Place the Butter with Olive Oil & Sea Salt in a small food processor and add the fresh basil and garlic. Puree until smooth. (Or place the ingredients in a bowl and puree with an immersion blender.)
- Dollop 1 teaspoon of basil butter on each halibut fillet, then spread the butter over the surface with a spatula. Refrigerate the rest of the basil butter until ready to serve. Salt and pepper the fillets. Sprinkle approximately 2 teaspoons of ground almond meal over the top of each piece.
- Place the baking sheet in the oven on the middle rack. Bake for 5 minutes. Then set the oven temperature on high broil. Broil the fillets for another 4-5 minutes, until the tops are slightly golden. Do not overcook! The tops should be a little crispy, but the inside of each halibut fillet should be moist and flaky. Serve the baked halibut warm with a dollop of basil butter on top.
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