If you love whitefish, you will want to try this simple Alaska halibut steak recipe with a homemade pesto.
This grilled whitefish recipe is a perfect introduction to eating fish for kids because halibut is mild and doesn’t get mushy.
(*This post was sponsored by Alaska Seafood as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all Alaska seafood loving opinions expressed in my post are my own.)
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I am so excited to continue my partnership with Alaska Seafood. We had a great time a couple of months ago when I created this Sheet Pan Alaska Cod Dinner. Cooking dinner all in one pan is great for those busy nights!
We are pretty lucky! My kids are pretty picky, but they do like whitefish!
For dinner tonight, I made this simple Grilled Halibut Steak with Fresh Pesto recipe. Alaska Halibut is an easy whitefish to cook and kids love it.
Alaska Halibut is firm and has a mild flavor. Combine it with fresh pesto, and it makes a delicious dinner!
Wild-Caught Alaska Whitefish
Wild-caught Alaska whitefish comes in many varieties, such as halibut, sablefish (black cod), sole, Alaska pollock and cod. It is a delicious and easy way for the whole family to eat more seafood.
Alaska’s cold pristine waters produce the purest, high-quality seafood. Its wild fisheries contribute nearly 60% of all seafood harvested in the United States. When you are out shopping at the grocery store, make sure to “Ask for Alaska” to ensure you’re enjoying the best, most sustainable seafood.
For this recipe, I chose to make a healthy halibut recipe that doesn’t taste healthy. (If you have kids, you totally understand what I mean by this. Hiding nutrition is a way of life in our house!)
You can learn even more about wild Alaska seafood nutrition in this infographic.
There are many different ways to cook Alaska halibut steak.
We are the crazy ones who love to use their grill all year long. Even in the rain! We even bring Alaska halibut camping and cook it in foil for a delicious easy camping meal!
Are you ready to see how easy it is to cook halibut?
The first step is to take your Alaska halibut. Make sure it is defrosted.
Add salt and pepper to the raw Alaska halibut steaks. Drizzle a little olive oil on top. Let this sit for 5 minutes while you make the fresh pesto. Preheat your grill so that it will be hot when you are ready to cook.
Add fresh basil, garlic cloves, olive oil, parmesan cheese, and toasted pine nuts to a Cuisinart. Blend until all ingredients are blended together. (Make sure you don’t leave it on too long or it will liquify.)
This fresh pesto will keep for up to 5 days in your refrigerator.
How to Grill Halibut
Rub the pesto on both sides of the Alaska halibut steaks. You are going to love this Alaska halibut steak recipe!
Close the grill lid and allow to grill for 10 minutes. Alaska halibut cooks in about 5 minutes per side if you are flipping it. I didn’t flip mine and it was ready in 10 minutes.
More Ways to Cook Halibut:
- Stovetop is a quick and easy way to cook halibut. Put some oil into a sauté pan and heat on medium heat. Add the fish and herbs, salt and pepper, and cook for 5 minutes on each side. (Note cooking time depends on how thick the fish is.
- Cook halibut in your oven! You can easily bake halibut in a dish. Just add oil, herbs, salt, and pepper. Bake at 350F degrees for 10-15 minutes depending on the thickness of the fish.
- Sous Vide halibut. My son has been getting into sous vide cooking lately. Place the halibut with fresh herbs into a special bag and use the pump to suck out the air from the bag. Sous vide takes a long time because it gently cooks the fish at a very low temperature. Ensure to leave about an hour for your halibut to cook.
Side Dish Ideas to Serve with Alaska Halibut:
Tools You Need to Make this Halibut Recipe:
- A food processor to make the homemade pesto.
- This large grill spatula is perfect for picking up the foil packets off the grill.
- 4 Alaska halibut steaks
- 1 teaspoon olive oil, (to brush on fish)
- 1 1/2 cups fresh basil leaves
- 2 cloves garlic
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 3 tablespoons toasted pine nuts
- 3 tablespoons parmesan cheese
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- dash black pepper
- Preheat the grill.
- Place the Alaska halibut steaks on a piece of foil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Brush with olive oil.
- Place basil, garlic, pine nuts, parmesan cheese, and the 3 tablespoons of olive oil in a Cuisinart. Blend well.
- Brush the pesto on both sides of the fish.
- Place the foil with the fish on the grill. Close the lid and cook for 10 minutes.
- Serve hot.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 412 Total Fat: 28g Saturated Fat: 7g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 19g Cholesterol: 108mg Sodium: 239mg Carbohydrates: 2g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 0g Protein: 36g