Zesty Lemon & Garlic Pan-Seared Halibut Cheeks
Ready in 15 minutes | Serving Size: 2 People
While salmon, shrimp, and halibut are seafood staples for many, there's a lesser-known treasure hiding in the depths of the ocean: halibut cheeks. These delectable morsels are often overlooked but deserve a place in your kitchen. Once you try them, you’ll be hooked! Today, we're bringing you a simple yet sensational recipe for Pan-Seared Halibut Cheeks - a simple, approachable dish, even if it's your first-time cooking with cheeks. Taking just under 15 minutes to prepare, these can effortlessly become a part of your weeknight menu or serve as a scrumptious addition to your weekend dining. Not only are they a packed with flavor, but they also offer a tender, light, and healthy option suitable for any occasion.
- 1 pound halibut cheeks
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 4-6 garlic cloves
- 2-3 tablespoons unsalted butter*
- 1 lemon, zest and juice
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Fresh parsley, chopped for garnish
- Begin by patting the halibut cheeks dry with paper towels. Season them generously with salt, pepper, and the zest of a lemon.
- In a skillet over medium-high heat, add the olive oil. As it heats up, it's time to introduce the star of our dish – the halibut cheeks.
- Carefully place the halibut cheeks in the skillet and let them sizzle away for about 2-3 minutes.* After flipping the halibut cheeks for the first time, add the unsalted butter to the skillet. Spoon the melted butter over the cheeks as they continue to cook (another 2-3 minutes).
- Once the halibut cheeks are just about fully cooked, toss in the minced garlic for about a minute, allowing it to infuse its flavor into the butter.
- Right after you add the garlic, squeeze fresh lemon juice over the cooked halibut cheeks.
- Sprinkle the dish with freshly chopped parsley for a pop of color and a burst of freshness.
- Plate your pan-seared halibut cheeks alongside your favorite side dishes. Steamed vegetables, your favorite potatoes or a simple salad make excellent companions.
You can used salted butter too – just use what you have and don’t stress!
Keep a watchful eye when cooking your halibut cheeks; you'll know they're done when they turn a beautiful opaque white and flake easily with a fork. Cooking time depends on the thickness and size of the cheeks.