Halibut Cheeks with Meyer Lemon and Basil Vinaigrette

Halibut Cheeks with Meyer Lemon and Basil Vinaigrette
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Halibut Cheeks

Yasmin Fahr

Halibut Cheeks

In cooking these tender and flavorful cheeks, I approached them as I would scallops. Searing them on a hot cast-iron pan, flipping them, and then allowing the residual heat from the pan to finish the cooking process. They are delicate and do not require a lot of cooking time and are best a little underdone. 

Because they are so flavorful, I kept the seasonings to a minimum and just brightened it up with sweet Meyer lemons and refreshing basil. Feel free to serve them with roasted asparagus as I did or other seasonal vegetables. 

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Heat a cast-iron or heavy duty pan over high heat. Meanwhile, coat the room-temperature cheeks with 1 tablespoon of oil, lemon zest, salt, and pepper. Reduce the heat to medium and add the cheeks to the pan. Cook for about 1-2 minutes or until it starts to whiten on the sides. Flip, wait 30 seconds, and then remove from the heat, leaving them in the pan to finish cooking for another couple of minutes. 

Meanwhile, make the vinaigrette by combining the lemon juice, salt, pepper, basil, and then the remaining olive oil. Whisk to combine, seasoning as needed. Plate the cheeks, gently pouring the vinaigrette on top. Enjoy!


Calories per serving:

394 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Low Carb Sugar Conscious, Paleo, Specific Carbs, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Egg Free, Milk Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Shellfish Free, Pork Free, Alcohol Free, No Sugar Added, Kosher

Daily value:



  • Fat 23g 36%
  • Carbs 3g 1%
  • Saturated 3g 17%
  • Fiber 1g 3%
  • Sugars 1g
  • Monounsaturated 16g
  • Polyunsaturated 3g
  • Protein 42g 85%
  • Cholesterol 111mg 37%
  • Sodium 155mg 6%
  • Calcium 26mg 3%
  • Magnesium 55mg 14%
  • Potassium 1,032mg 29%
  • Iron 1mg 4%
  • Zinc 1mg 6%
  • Phosphorus 541mg 77%
  • Vitamin A 49µg 5%
  • Vitamin C 16mg 26%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 8%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 0mg 4%
  • Niacin (B3) 15mg 74%
  • Vitamin B6 1mg 63%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 31µg 8%
  • Vitamin B12 2µg 42%
  • Vitamin D 11µg 3%
  • Vitamin E 4mg 22%
  • Vitamin K 17µg 21%
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