Baked Halibut and Parmesan Crumb Topping Recipe

Baked Halibut
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Ratings (145)
  • Total: 22 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 12 mins
  • Yield: Serves 4
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
303 Calories
10g Fat
12g Carbs
41g Protein
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This crumb-topped halibut is a fast and simple way to prepare the mild, delicious fish. The tasty, buttery crumb topping gives the halibut nice flavor and texture, and it bakes in just minutes.

Choose Pacific or Alaskan halibut fillets or steaks for this recipe. Wild Atlantic halibut is an endangered species, but farmed Atlantic halibut can be used. Some other large flatfishes might be labeled "halibut" as well. Some possible substitutions for the more expensive halibut include turbot, haddock, cod, and striped bass.

Serve these delicious halibut fillets with rice, roasted potatoes, or boiled new potatoes along with a tossed green salad and steamed vegetables.

Baked halibut ingredients
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  • 1 1/2 pounds halibut fillets
  • 3 slices bread
  • 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese (grated)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley (chopped)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Dash freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons butter (melted)
  • Garnish: lemon wedges or slices

Steps to Make It

Heat the oven to 450 F. Spray a rimmed baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray or line the pan with nonstick foil.

Baked halibut tools
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Cut the halibut to make four (6-ounce) servings. Arrange the fillets on the prepared baking sheet, skin side down. 

Cut halibut
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Tear the bread into pieces and put in the food processor.

Tear bread in food processor
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Pulse until the breadcrumbs are fine.

Pulse breadcrumbs
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In a medium bowl, combine the crumbs with the Parmesan cheese, parsley, garlic, and onion powders, salt, pepper, and melted butter. Mix well.

Combine ingredients
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Sprinkle the buttery seasoned bread crumbs on the halibut pieces; pat down to help the crumbs adhere to the tops of the fish fillets.

Sprinkle breadcrumbs on halibut
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Bake the halibut fillets for about 10 to 12 minutes, or until the fish registers 145 F on an instant-read thermometer. Alternatively, test the fish for flaking with a fork.

Baked halibut
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Serve the halibut with fresh lemon wedges or slices.

Halibut dinner
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To test fish for doneness, insert a fork into a fillet and twist it slightly to check for flaking. When it's done, the fish will flake into sections and it will be opaque.