Pan-Seared Halibut with Season Citrus Salsa

Mentally, I am on a white sandy beach in 80-degree weather. In order to make that daydream a little bit more of a reality, I’m sharing this bright and citrusy halibut recipe that is sure to transport us directly to our favorite tropical locale.

March 30, 2023
Pan-Seared Halibut with Season Citrus Salsa

Vacation on a plate

Featuring fresh halibut fillets quickly pan-seared and topped with a sweet, juicy and slightly spicy salsa made from peak-season citrus, this meal is like a visit to your nearest Caribbean island!

Pan-Seared Halibut with Season Citrus Salsa

Alissa DiSanto
  • Prep Time
    20 min
  • Cook Time
    20 min
  • Total Time
    40 min
  • Servings
  • Difficulty


  • 4 6oz halibut filets – skin and bones removed (you can ask them to do this at the fish counter)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tbsp avocado oil
  • 1 large grapefruit segmented and diced
  • 2 large oranges segmented and diced
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger
  • 1 jalapeno diced (seeds removed if you do not want spice)
  • 1 lime zested and juiced
  • 1 bunch chives minced


  1. Season fish on both sides with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat oil in a large nonstick sauté pan over medium-high heat.
  3. Carefully lay fish in the pan presentation side down and sear until golden brown.
  4. Approximately 3 minutes.
  5. Carefully flip the halibut over and sear another 2 minutes and then reduce the heat to medium and allow the fish to finish cooking through. Approximately 3 more minutes.
  6. Combine the grapefruit, oranges, ginger, jalapeno, lime, and chives together in a bowl. Season with salt for taste. Set aside until fish is done.
  7. Serve your fish with a large spoonful of the citrus salsa overtop. Devour!


*Serve with a simple green salad.

Pan-Seared Halibut with Season Citrus Salsa

Pan-Seared Halibut with Season Citrus Salsa

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