Halibut Cheeks with Meyer Lemon and Basil Vinaigrette

Staff Writer
This dish is flavorful and healthy
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. 

Check out more Healthy and Hearty Halibut Recipes.

Ready in
20 m
2
Servings
1030
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 4-5 halibut cheeks, roughly 1 pound
  • 3 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Juice and zest of 1 Meyer lemon
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 4-5 fresh basil leaves, chiffonade

Directions

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!

Halibut Shopping Tip

A fresh fish should not smell fishy nor have milky, opaque eyes; it should have bright red gills, firm flesh, and a tight anal cavity.

Halibut Cooking Tip

Whole fish should be stored upright in ice in the refrigerator.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
33g
50%
Sugar
0.7g
N/A
Saturated Fat
6g
28%
Cholesterol
450mg
100%
Protein
171g
100%
Carbs
5g
2%
Vitamin A
188µg
21%
Vitamin B12
10µg
100%
Vitamin B6
5mg
100%
Vitamin C
16mg
26%
Vitamin D
43µg
11%
Vitamin E
9mg
43%
Vitamin K
22µg
27%
Calcium
88mg
9%
Fiber
2g
6%
Folate (food)
115µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
115µg
29%
Iron
2mg
12%
Magnesium
219mg
55%
Monounsaturated
19g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
60mg
100%
Phosphorus
2176mg
100%
Polyunsaturated
5g
N/A
Potassium
4076mg
100%
Riboflavin (B2)
0.3mg
16.9%
Sodium
2259mg
94%
Thiamin (B1)
0.5mg
31.6%
Zinc
3mg
22%