Simple Grilled Halibut Recipe

Photographs: Joshua Bousel. Video: Natalie Holt

A perfectly grilled piece of seafood can be a glorious thing—light and fresh, with a delicious simplicity. This basic halibut recipe incorporates all our best tips for getting grilled fish fillets right.


How to Grill Fish Fillets

Recipe Facts

Active: 15 mins
Total: 30 mins
Serves: 4 servings

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  • 4 thick-cut fillets halibut or other hearty fish, about 1/3 pound (150g) each

  • 1/3 cup (80ml) olive oil

  • Kosher salt, to taste

  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

  • 2 lemons, halved, for serving


  1. Carefully pat fillets dry with paper towels. Brush fillets liberally with oil and season with salt and pepper.

  2. Light 1 chimney full of charcoal. When all charcoal is lit and covered with gray ash, pour out and spread coals evenly over entire surface of coal grate. Alternatively, set all the burners of a gas grill to high heat. Set cooking grate in place, cover grill, and allow to preheat for 5 minutes. Clean and oil grilling grate. Place fish on grill and cook until bottoms of fillets begin to turn opaque and a spatula can be slid under fish with little resistance, about 5 minutes. Flip fish and cook until it can be flaked with a fork and is opaque almost all the way through, or until it registers between 130 and 135°F (54 and 57°C) on an instant-read thermometer inserted in middle of fillet, 3 to 5 minutes more. Transfer fish to a platter, let rest for 5 minutes, then serve with lemon halves.

Special equipment

Grill, instant-read thermometer (optional)

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
396 Calories
21g Fat
28g Carbs
30g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 396
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 21g 27%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 74mg 25%
Sodium 343mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 28g 10%
Dietary Fiber 6g 23%
Total Sugars 12g
Protein 30g
Vitamin C 125mg 626%
Calcium 69mg 5%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 1071mg 23%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)