Photo: Oxmoor House
Prep Time
3 Mins
Cook Time
8 Mins
4 servings (serving size: 1 fillet and about 1 tablespoon pesto)

Grated lemon rind and juice lend tartness to the pesto that enhances the natural flavors of this simple grilled fish.

How to Make It

Step 1

Prepare grill.

Step 2

Place fillets on grill rack coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle fish evenly with 1/8 teaspoon salt and pepper. Cover and grill 4 minutes on each side or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork or until desired degree of doneness.

Step 3

While fish grills, combine 1/8 teaspoon salt, basil, and remaining 5 ingredients in a blender or food processor. Process until finely minced. Serve grilled fish over pesto.

Chef's Notes

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Ratings & Reviews

domicubana's Review

March 31, 2013
Quick and easy recipe. If you like garlic, you will love the pesto. However, if you are not a fan, this pesto stays with you long after you have finished dinner.

CindyH's Review

March 19, 2012

amk103's Review

March 19, 2012
What a great dish! I made the pesto first and then the fish which was super quick. I did squeeze lemon on fish. I added a tsp of oil to pan to do top side of halibut which gave it a nice crispy edge. My husband and teenage daughter were all in agreement that this was a tasty dish and I would serve this to company.

taylesworth's Review

September 08, 2010
An easy and tasty weekday meal but not something I would serve to company. I added pine nuts but even with that the pesto was just ok. Sadly, pesto that is both healthy and delicious remains out of reach. But the lemon did bring out the flavor of the halibut and I did enjoy the meal. I'll probably make it again but I'll be tempted to make it with a more traditional pesto recipe.

WifeyKnifey's Review

August 02, 2010
I've made this recipe with both Halibut and Cod and the cod proved to be better, but this recipe all together is amazing! The quick lemon pesto is so bright and delicious! I love this recipe!

ednamode's Review

July 13, 2010
Was very easy to make and the pesto works well with the Halibut. I added toasted Pine nuts to the pesto sauce.

RG07HPNC's Review

June 26, 2009
Delicious! Made this along with the suggested Grilled Zucchini. Easy and very flavorful. Would definitely make this for guests. Only alteration I made was adding about 1 tablespoon of water to the pesto, to thin it out a bit.