Baked Halibut with Basil Butter

Easy 5-Ingredient Almond Crusted Baked Halibut with Basil Butter on #5ingredient #halibut

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.

5-Ingredient Almond Crusted Baked Halibut with Basil Butter on #5ingredient #halibut

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.

Almond Crusted Baked Halibut with Basil Butter on #5ingredient #halibut

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.

Making 5-Ingredient Almond Crusted Baked Halibut with Basil Butter on #5ingredient #halibut

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!)

How to Make Almond Crusted Baked Halibut with Basil Butter on #5ingredient #halibut

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.

Making Almond Crusted Baked Halibut with Basil Butter on #5ingredient #halibut

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.

Amazing 5-Ingredient Almond Crusted Baked Halibut with Basil Butter on #5ingredient #halibut

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.

Easy Almond Crusted Baked Halibut with Basil Butter on #5ingredient #halibut

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…

Light 5-Ingredient Almond Crusted Baked Halibut with Basil Butter on #5ingredient #halibut

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*

Fabulous Almond Crusted Baked Halibut with Basil Butter on #5ingredient #halibut

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.

Ree Drummond

Sommer Collier and Ree Drummond

We had a marvelous time sampling each other’s recipes, all made with creamy Land O Lakes® Spreadable Butter.

Blogger Recipe at Land O Lakes Event

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…

Land O Lakes Toast Challenge

Land O Lakes Toast Bar Challenge

Fun Land O Lakes Toast Bar Challenge

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!

Land O Lakes® European Style Butter



Baked Halibut with Basil Butter

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time:5 minutes

Cook Time:10 minutes

5 / 5 (3 Reviews)
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Easy Almond Crusted Baked Halibut with Basil Butter- This easy 5 ingredient recipe will be the highlight of the dinner table this season!


  • 4 fresh halibut fillets (about 1 1/2 pounds total)
  • 1/4 cup Land O Lakes® Butter with Olive Oil & Sea Salt
  • 2 tablespoons packed fresh basil leaves, roughly chopped and packed
  • 1 small garlic clove
  • 3 tablespoons almond meal (ground almonds)
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and set the halibut fillets on top.
  2. 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.)
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 4 servings, Serving Size: 1/4th recipe

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 395 Calories
  • Total Fat: 13.9g
  • Saturated Fat: 3.1g
  • Cholesterol: 98mg
  • Sodium: 246mg
  • Carbohydrates: 1.2g
  • Fiber: 0.6g
  • Sugar: 0.2g
  • Protein: 61.5g
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21 comments on “Baked Halibut with Basil Butter

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  3. Jasmineposted November 4, 2017 at 8:11 pm Reply

    Watch out putting a pan lined with parchment paper under a high broil!

  4. Don Cookeposted August 13, 2016 at 12:59 pm Reply

    I added a little lime juice and coconut flakes to the buttery concoction. The 9 minute cook time was accurate. The wife enjoyed the flavor. Added small lobster tail with the meal with more butter for dipping.  Placed the fish on top/next to a Ceasar, where I added crasins, coconut, almonds and bacon.

    Rating: 5
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  6. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabblesposted May 8, 2015 at 9:12 am Reply

    This is a beautiful, simple fish dish – love the basil butter with the halibut. It was great to see you last week! :)

    Rating: 5
  7. Amandaposted May 7, 2015 at 5:16 pm Reply

    This is an amazing recipe, love the basil butter!

    Rating: 5
  8. Deborahposted May 6, 2015 at 11:43 pm Reply

    I have been eating more fish and must add this to the rotation. It looks amazing! I love that you say more butter and a salad, too. ;)

  9. Marla Meridithposted May 6, 2015 at 8:00 pm Reply

    This halibut looks wonderful!!

  10. Savita @ ChefDeHomeposted May 6, 2015 at 5:12 pm Reply

    Sounds like you had great time with Ree, Sommer! This Basil Butter sounds so delicious and looks perfect with hailbut! Land-o-lakes European butter is new to me, would love to try! thanks for sharing another awesome recipe! pinning, of course, to try later.

  11. Julie @ Running in a Skirtposted May 6, 2015 at 1:32 pm Reply

    I love this recipe! Simple and delicious… what time is dinner? :-)

    Can we talk about those boots as well??? Fabulous!

  12. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebelposted May 6, 2015 at 11:18 am Reply

    I’m so glad you had a fabulous time on your trip! I loved following along on IG :) This basil butter sounds out of control! I think I want it on everything! 

  13. Ashley | The Recipe Rebelposted May 6, 2015 at 10:56 am Reply

    Love this light and fresh meal for summer! That basil butter looks out of this world — so perfect on Halibut!

  14. sue|theviewfromgreatislandposted May 6, 2015 at 10:50 am Reply

    Halibut is such a gorgeous, buttery fish to begin with – it must be out of this world with the basil butter. And what a fantasy visit on ‘the ranch’!!

  15. Heather Christoposted May 6, 2015 at 10:27 am Reply

    I love Halibut and this look just delicious! What a fun trip- the cowgirl boots are awesome!

  16. Barbara @ Barbara Bakesposted May 6, 2015 at 9:42 am Reply

    The crust and herbed butter on the halibut is a fabulous addition.

  17. Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountainposted May 6, 2015 at 9:36 am Reply

    I adore halibut, but never thought to bake it in the oven! oh, the basil butter looks off the charts! 

  18. Naomi Robinsonposted May 6, 2015 at 8:41 am Reply

    That halibut looks fantastic! And it looks like you had the best time at the ranch.

  19. Mariaposted May 6, 2015 at 8:37 am Reply

    Love that basil butter and it was so fun seeing you at the ranch! 

  20. Gabyposted May 6, 2015 at 8:07 am Reply

    Mmmmm, love this recipe! So simple and delicious!

  21. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitnessposted May 6, 2015 at 7:41 am Reply

    We definitely start eating fish a lot more once the weather warms up! BUT, after seeing this, I think we’ll have to start eating it even MORE. Like every day. Like maybe for breakfast.
    That almond meal coating with the herby butter? Swooning! Pinned!