Sautéed Halibut with Lemon-Pesto Butter

Sautéed Halibut with Lemon-Pesto Butter Recipe
Photo: Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross
Make extra lemon-herb butter. It's delicious tossed with steamed green beans or hot cooked rice or pasta. Garnish with fresh basil.


4 servings (serving size: 1 fillet and about 1 tablespoon butter mixture)

Recipe from

Cooking Light

Nutritional Information

Calories 274
Fat 14 g
Satfat 6.2 g
Monofat 4.7 g
Polyfat 1.7 g
Protein 34.6 g
Carbohydrate 0.6 g
Fiber 0.2 g
Cholesterol 76 mg
Iron 1.5 mg
Sodium 330 mg
Calcium 90 mg


3 tablespoons butter, softened
1 tablespoon refrigerated pesto
1 1/2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh basil
1 teaspoon finely chopped shallots
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon rind
4 (6-ounce) skinless halibut fillets
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Cooking spray


1. Combine first 5 ingredients in a small bowl, stirring until well blended.

2. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle fillets evenly on both sides with salt and pepper. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add fillets to pan; sauté 5 minutes on each side or until fish flakes easily with a fork or until desired degree of doneness. Serve fish with butter mixture.

David Bonom,

Cooking Light

September 2009
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