Basil Halibut with Jalapeno Butter


We like to serve this spicy fish dish with plenty of fresh lime wedges.

Basil Halibut with Jalapeño Butter
Photo: Blaine Moats
Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
5 mins
Grill Time:
4 mins
Total Time:
20 mins


  • 4 6 ounce firm whitefish fillets (such as cod, halibut, or flounder), rinsed and patted dry

  • 1 tablespoon canola oil

  • Salt and ground black pepper

  • 6 tablespoon butter

  • 2 fresh jalapeno peppers, stemmed, seeded, and cut into thin strips*

  • ¼ cup snipped fresh basil

  • 1 lime, cut into quarters


  1. Brush fish with oil and sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper. For a gas or charcoal grill, grill fillets on the greased rack of a covered grill directly over medium heat for 4 to 6 minutes per 1/2-inch thickness or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork, turning once.

  2. Meanwhile, heat butter in large skillet over medium heat. Add jalapeno peppers; cook and stir for 5 minutes or until tender and just beginning to lightly brown.

  3. Place fish on plates and top with basil; spoon jalapeno-butter mixture over fish. Serve with lime quarters.

*Handling hot peppers

Because hot chile peppers, such as jalapeños, contain volatile oils that can burn your skin and eyes, avoid direct contact with chiles as much as possible. When working with chile peppers, wear plastic or rubber gloves. If your bare hands do touch the chile peppers, wash your hands well with soap and water.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

419 Calories
31g Fat
2g Carbs
33g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 419
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 31g 40%
Saturated Fat 13g 65%
Cholesterol 148mg 49%
Sodium 370mg 16%
Total Carbohydrate 2g 1%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 33g
Vitamin C 13.7mg 69%
Calcium 61mg 5%
Iron 0.8mg 4%
Potassium 587mg 12%
Fatty acids, total trans 1g
Folate, total 31.2mcg
Vitamin B-12 1.7mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.6mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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