Facebook LinkedIn Email Pinterest Twitter Instagram YouTube Icon Navigation Search Icon Main Search Icon Video Play Icon Plus Icon Minus Icon Check Icon Print Icon Note Icon Heart Icon Filled Heart Icon Single Arrow Icon Double Arrow Icon Hamburger Icon TV Icon Close Icon Sorted Hamburger/Search Icon

Sear-Roasted Halibut with Blood Orange Salsa

Scott Phillips

Servings: 4

Nothing brightens up a winter meal like citrus. In this dish, the sear-roasting method allows the halibut to form that gorgeous crust while keeping the inside moist, and since the fish’s flavor is mild, it’s the perfect vehicle for the blood orange salsa that’s bursting with sweet, citrusy flavor.  


For the salsa

  • 3/4 cup fresh navel or Valencia orange juice (from 2 medium oranges)
  • 3 small blood oranges, cut into segments, segments cut in half
  • 2 Tbs. minced red onion
  • 1 Tbs. chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tbs. finely grated navel or Valencia orange zest (from 2 medium oranges)
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the halibut

  • 1 tsp. finely grated navel or Valencia orange zest (from 1 small orange)
  • 1 tsp. chopped fresh thyme
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 6-oz. skinless halibut fillets
  • 3 Tbs. olive oil

Nutritional Information

  • Calories (kcal) : 380
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 160
  • Fat (g): 18
  • Saturated Fat (g): 2.5
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 2.5
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 11
  • Cholesterol (mg): 55
  • Sodium (mg): 510
  • Carbohydrates (g): 18
  • Fiber (g): 3
  • Protein (g): 37


  • Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 425°F.

Make the salsa

  • In a small saucepan, boil the orange juice over medium heat until reduced to 1/4 cup, 8 to 10 minutes. Let cool.

    In a medium bowl, combine the reduced orange juice, blood orange segments, onion, cilantro, olive oil, and orange zest. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Cook the halibut

  • In a small bowl, mix the orange zest, thyme, 1-1/2 tsp. salt, and 1/2 tsp. pepper. Rub the mixture all over the halibut fillets. Heat the oil in a 12-inch ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. When the oil is shimmering hot, arrange the fillets in the pan. Sear for about 2 minutes without moving; then use a thin slotted metal spatula to lift a piece of fish and check the color. When the fillets are nicely browned, flip them and put the pan in the oven.

    Roast until the halibut is just cooked  through, 3 to 5 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven and transfer the halibut to serving plates. Spoon some of the salsa over each fillet.

Serve with a side salad of Butter Lettuce with Poppy Seed & Tarragon Crème Fraîche Dressing


Rate or Review

Reviews (6 reviews)

  • BeginnerCookLisa | 10/19/2021

    Used this as an inspiration for a weeknight dinner. Used Costco's mango salsa as the salsa. Worked great. Had no oranges so used lemon zest instead. For salt, used 1/2 tsp chilli lime salt and rest a good sea salt. Cast iron frying pan and.....dinner in no time.

  • User avater
    starchgirl | 02/12/2020

    Delicious, fresh accompaniment to fish! I added a little minced serrano pepper to balance the sweetness.

  • ericajayne | 02/20/2011

    Made this with a couple of friends last night, along with the butter lettuce salad recommendation. It was super-easy to prepare and turned out absolutely delicious. My two year old daughter even tried some and liked it! We increased the red onion in the salsa, and we all thought that it worked nicely.

Show More

Rate this Recipe

Write a Review


View All


Follow Fine Cooking on your favorite social networks

We hope you’ve enjoyed your free articles. To keep reading, subscribe today.

Get the print magazine, 25 years of back issues online, over 7,000 recipes, and more.