Soy Sauce-Poached Halibut Cheeks

Halibut Cheeks
Jessica Chou


  • 1 1/2 tablespoon  soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon  mirin
  • 1 tablespoon  lemon juice
  • 10 tablespoons  water
  • 1 pound  halibut cheeks
  • scallion, thinly sliced

Since fish cheeks are the best part of the fish, and halibut's flavor is so light, you hardly have to do anything to make it taste good. In this recipe, a quick poach in a soy sauce-based mixture is all it takes to whip up a quick dish.

Check out more Healthy and Hearty Halibut Recipes.


Bring a pot of water to a boil. Mix the soy sauce, mirin, lemon juice, and water together. Adjust to taste. Then place in a saucepot and bring to a boil.

Quickly blanch the halibut cheeks in the hot water (30 seconds). Then place in the boiling soy sauce mixture, cover with a clean paper towel (to soak in and spread the sauce), and simmer for 4-5 minutes, until translucent in the middle.

Remove the cheeks and top with the slices of scallion.


Instead of mixing your own sauce, you can also buy soba shoyu soy sauce and dilute it with water to taste.


Calories per serving:

232 calories

Dietary restrictions:

High Protein, Low Fat, Low Carb Sugar Conscious, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Milk Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free, No Oil Added

Daily value:



  • Fat 3g 5%
  • Carbs 2g 1%
  • Saturated 1g 3%
  • Fiber 0g 1%
  • Sugars 0g
  • Monounsaturated 1g
  • Polyunsaturated 1g
  • Protein 43g 87%
  • Cholesterol 111mg 37%
  • Sodium 818mg 34%
  • Calcium 28mg 3%
  • Magnesium 64mg 16%
  • Potassium 1,069mg 31%
  • Iron 1mg 4%
  • Zinc 1mg 6%
  • Phosphorus 559mg 80%
  • Vitamin A 49µg 5%
  • Vitamin C 4mg 7%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 8%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 0mg 6%
  • Niacin (B3) 15mg 75%
  • Vitamin B6 1mg 63%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 35µg 9%
  • Vitamin B12 2µg 42%
  • Vitamin D 11µg 3%
  • Vitamin E 1mg 7%
  • Vitamin K 16µg 19%
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