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Pan Fried Halibut with Panko Crust and Lemon Burre Blanc
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Panko Crusted Halibut

Author Cooks with Cocktails


  • 4 one inch thick fillets of wild halibut
  • salt and pepper to season (maybe ¼ tsp of each for all 4 pieces)
  • drizzle of sunflower or grapeseed oil for the pan
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup flour or cornstarch
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp salt and pepper
  • 1 cup wine
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 lemon juiced
  • 2 tbsp fresh dill , chopped


  • Take the halibut out of the fridge and let it come to room temperature for 30 mins or so. Pat the fillets dry with paper towel. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Make the sauce. Add the wine to a small pot and simmer till it reduces in half. Add the butter, lemon, and dill. Simmer for just a min and then set aside with a lid on.
  • Heat your oven to 350 degrees.
  • Bread the fillets. Get out three bowls. In one add the flour or cornstarch, 1/4 tsp salt and pepper each. In the second, add the egg, 1/4 tsp salt and pepper. In the final bowl add the panko, 1/4 tsp salt and pepper. Take each fillet and coat first in flour or cornstarch, then egg, then panko. Set aside on a plate.
  • Heat a large skillet to med-high heat. A heavy bottomed stainless steel or ceramic pan works best. You might need 2 medium pans instead depending on how big your fillets are. You must make sure that the fillets are not crowded in the pan or they wont get a nice sear or crust on them.
  • When the pan, or pans, are nice and hot, drizzle some oil into the pan just so it has a thin layer. When the oil starts to shimmer and smoke slightly, place a fillet, in the pan laying it down in the pan away from you.
  • Don't touch it! You will want to, but don't. Wait 3 mins and then try to lift the fish. If it lifts easy, flip it over. If it doesn't release easy, let it be for another min then try again. Don't poke at it or it could break up.
  • Once the fish is flipped onto the other side, wait 1 min and then turn the heat off and throw the pan in the oven for 4 - 6 mins per ½ inch thickness. We cooked the fillet in the pictures of this post for 8 mins.
  • Remove from the oven, place on plates, drizzle with the sauce and serve immediately.


We love this dish with green beans, but the sauce would be delicious with any veggies you want to serve with it.