When I was growing up in Washington we spent a lot of time talking about the Native American people and their culture. We even have little assemblies that we would put on for our parents where we dressed up like the Native Americans, sang their songs and danced their dances. As a little kid it was awesome. As I got older it was interesting and you quickly learn that fish was and in some places still is incredibly important to those people. Seafood is a big deal in the PNW but what always made me laugh was although it’s such a big deal everyone heads up to Alaska to fish for the year. And now after having this citrus Alaskan Halibut thanks to Alaska Seafood, well I get it now. It’s kind of totally delicious.
And here’s something I didn’t know, the largest of all flatfish, “Alaska Halibut can grow to an impressive size—well over 500 pounds or more, although the average weight is 35-50 pounds—helping to establish its reputation as the world’s premium whitefish. Its mild, slightly sweet flavor and unique firm texture have made Alaska Halibut a favorite of chefs and consumers alike.” Dude, that’s a big fish!
I’ve always been a little timid about seafood. Cade loves it, but I don’t love that overly fishy flavor and smell and I don’t know how to prepare it. But, I’ve been dying to try halibut and I can’t believe how nice the flavor and texture is. I guess it really is true that high quality fish makes a world of a difference. This particular fish was prepared by Cade with a citrus seasoning and olive oil then a squirt of fresh lime for serving over a bed of corn and black bean salad. It was lovely and totally healthy!
Is Halibut a Safe Fish to Eat?
Halibut tends to be low to moderate in mercury content and is considered safe to eat.
Halibut will also provide you with some omega-3 fatty acids and is a good fish for promoting a strong heart.
Halibut also contains vitamin B12, vitamin B6, as well as folic acid.
Can You Eat Halibut Raw?
Any salt water fish (halibut, ling cod, bream, branzino, NZ fish, sablefish…) can be eaten rare or raw.
Salmon can be eaten raw from the ocean, but once it has entered fresh water, it is not safe to eat raw.
How Do You Know When Fish is Done?
When fish reaches the proper cooking temperature, it becomes opaque and flakes.
The fish should break easily into flakes when you nudge it with a fork.
Citrus Alaskan Halibut
Citrus Alaskan Halibut
- 2 Halibut Fillets from Alaska Seafood
- McCormick Fiesta Citrus Seasoning
- Olive Oil
- Lime, halved
- Heat a well oiled grill to medium high heat.
- Drizzle a little olive oil over each side of the fish and sprinkle with the seasoning.
- Grill for 4-6 minutes per side and serve with a squirt of fresh lime juice.