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 6g 10%
  • Carbs 4g 1%
  • Saturated 1g 7%
  • Fiber 1g 2%
  • Sugars 1g
  • Monounsaturated 2g
  • Polyunsaturated 1g
  • Protein 87g 173%
  • Cholesterol 222mg 74%
  • Sodium 1,636mg 68%
  • Calcium 57mg 6%
  • Magnesium 129mg 32%
  • Potassium 2,139mg 61%
  • Iron 1mg 7%
  • Zinc 2mg 13%
  • Phosphorus 1,118mg 160%
  • Vitamin A 98µg 11%
  • Vitamin C 8mg 14%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 16%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 0mg 11%
  • Niacin (B3) 30mg 151%
  • Vitamin B6 3mg 127%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 70µg 18%
  • Vitamin B12 5µg 83%
  • Vitamin D 21µg 5%
  • Vitamin E 3mg 14%
  • Vitamin K 31µg 39%
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