Baked Halibut

April 10, 2010

Test Kitchen-Approved

Author Notes: Fish has always intimidated me. I'm not sure why. It probably stems from growing up in a house where fish wasn't cooked -- well, except for a few meals of fried catfish. Not long ago I decided to take the plunge and jump in feet first. I wish I hadn't waited so long -- baked fish is so easy! When you buy your fish, be sure that it doesn't smell too fishy. Fresh fish will be best, but frozen will work fine. Also, ask the cute fish guy for a cut that is pretty consistent in thickness from one end to the other. If they are customer-oriented, they will do so with a smile on their face. If not, find another cute fish guy.vivisue

Serves: 4 to 6
Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 30 min


  • 1 1/2 pounds halibut or cod
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon chopped chives
  • Canola or olive oil
In This Recipe


  1. Heat oven to 400° F.
  2. Remove the skin from the fish either now, or before serving.
  3. Sprinkle the fish with salt and pepper to taste and place it in a baking dish that has been sprayed with a little oil.
  4. Melt butter in a medium-sized bowl in the microwave. Be sure to cover the top of the bowl with a paper towel to save yourself clean up time inside the microwave.
  5. Combine the bread crumbs with the butter until well coated, and spoon the crumb mixture over top of the fish. Cover the top of the fish evenly.
  6. Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes if about 1 inch thick; about 30 minutes if 1 1/2 inches thick. When done, the fish should flake with a fork. Begin checking the fish for flakiness 5-10 minutes before it should be done. Sprinkle it with chopped fresh chives, and serve.

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6 Reviews

David B. April 1, 2018
I have fished Halibut in Ak for 15 yrs, caught all size up to 85#.. I do not waste freezer space with bones nor skin.. If you folks are buying market fish, at $24. per lb your fish should be skinned when you take it home, don't pay for parts you cannot use... 20 to 30 minutes at 400 is way to long for halibut, start to check at 15, if fish is slightly opaque - good, it will firm up between oven and plate.. Nothing is more disgusting than paying top dollar for the most very expensive fish, and ruining it with bad advice...
mwm September 11, 2016
fabulous, super easy fish dish. Thought it would be bland but not so. Added a sprinkle of paprika.
juliunruly January 4, 2016
This is a lovely dish, but I have to second the author's advice (from this article: to check on your fish as it cooks. <br /><br />I had two pieces that were a tad bit over 1.5" thick, and after 30 mins at 400f they were overbaked and dry. Luckily we had delicious leftover romesco sauce to top the fish with, and it wasn't a total loss. I'll definitely try this again with less cooking time though.
Author Comment
vivisue January 4, 2016
I'm so sorry you had that experience. Yes, checking the flakiness after 15 or 20 minutes is a great idea for any cut of fish. Thanks for the additional information!
Author Comment
vivisue November 15, 2014
YAY!!!! I'm so glad. It is just so simple that there is no reason not to have more fish in our diets! And delicious! I love adding the parm to the crumbs.
Janice W. November 15, 2014
This recipe turned out great! I did add 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese to the panko crumbs.