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Almond Crusted Baked Halibut Fillets with Basil Butter

Almond Crusted Baked Halibut Fillets with Basil Butter



Every spring we start eating more fish than we had through the cold months. Do you do that as well? I presume it’s because everything about fish screams light.


Light in color. Light and flaky in texture. Light flavor of the sea. Light on the waistline.


I even find that most types of fish taste best when prepared with a light seasoning, and are lightly cooked… not dried out.





Baked halibut is a fabulous spring dish, because it has such a luxurious taste and texture, and needs only a kiss of flavor to make it shine.


I like to deliver that kiss with a touch of butter.





Butter is a perfect complement to all types of light, flaky fish, yet I find it really does wonders for halibut.


In today’s easy 5-Ingredient Baked Halibut with Basil Butter Recipe, I used spreadable Land O Lakes® Butter with Olive Oil & Sea Salt. This fabulous go-to butter spread offers rich buttery flavor that is easy to shmear right out of the refrigerator. With real ingredients: butter, olive oil and sea salt, it’s a wonderful spreadable butter option, without any fillers or preservatives. (So it’s also gluten-free!).





I pureed Land O Lakes® Butter with Olive Oil & Sea Salt with fresh basil leaves and a little garlic. Then I spread just a teaspoon over the top of each halibut fillet.






I sprinkled each fillet with a light dusting of almond meal to create a crusty, nutty top and then I popped them in the oven.






The secret to cooking perfect baked halibut, with a moist flaky interior and crunchy top, is to cook it for a short time on high heat. I baked the fish for 5 minutes, then cranked the heat up to broil and broiled it another 4 to 5 minutes. Just long enough to toast the top.


Halibut is a rich, yet delicate fish. It would be a travesty to overcook it, so make sure to set the timer.



Baked Halibut with Basil Butter



Ingredients

4 fresh halibut fillets (about 1 1/2 pounds total)
1/4 cup Land O Lakes® Butter with Olive Oil & Sea Salt
2 tablespoons packed fresh basil leaves, roughly chopped and packed
1 small garlic clove
3 tablespoons almond meal (ground almonds)
Salt and pepper



Directions

Preheat the oven to 400° F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and set the halibut fillets on top.

Place the Butter with Olive Oil & Sea Salt in a small food processor and add the fresh basil and garlic. Puree until smooth. (Or place the ingredients in a bowl and puree with an immersion blender.)

Dollop 1 teaspoon of basil butter on each halibut fillet, then spread the butter over the surface with a spatula. Refrigerate the rest of the basil butter until ready to serve. Salt and pepper the fillets. Sprinkle approximately 2 teaspoons of ground almond meal over the top of each piece.

Place the baking sheet in the oven on the middle rack. Bake for 5 minutes. Then set the oven temperature on high broil. Broil the fillets for another 4-5 minutes, until the tops are slightly golden. Do not over cook! The tops should be a little crispy, but the inside of each halibut fillet should be moist and flaky. Serve the baked halibut warm with a dollop of basil butter on top. 



A Spicy Perspective has partnered with Land O’Lakes for an exclusive endorsement of Land O Lakes® Butter for their Kitchen Conversations blogger program. This blog post is sponsored by Land O’Lakes.

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