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Sautéed Halibut with Lemon-Pesto Butter

Photo: Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross
Yield 4 servings (serving size: 1 fillet and about 1 tablespoon butter mixture)
Make extra lemon-herb butter. It's delicious tossed with steamed green beans or hot cooked rice or pasta. Garnish with fresh basil.

Ingredients

  • 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

Nutrition 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

How to Make It

  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.