What To Do With Leftover Halibut?

what to do with leftover halibut

Is there anything better than fresh, delicious halibut?

Well, actually…there is.

When you have leftover halibut, here are some quick and easy ideas on how to turn it into another tasty meal.

So next time you cook up a storm with this amazing fish, don’t forget these recipes.

You won’t regret it.

Fry it up with some eggs for breakfast

To make this breakfast, simply fry up the halibut with some eggs in a frying pan to get that extra flavor.

Top it off with sesame seeds for that added crunch.

You can also try frying the halibut with some veggies, like chopped green pepper.

Fry it to your liking and then top it off with cheese or sour cream for that extra tasty meal.

Stuff it into a tortilla + add some fresh salsa

It’s as simple as that – just stuff the halibut into a flour tortilla and add some fresh salsa.

You can even sprinkle a little cheese on top for that extra flavor.

So simple, yet so delicious.

Use it to replace the crab in your favorite crab cakes recipe

If you have a great recipe for crab cakes – keep reading.

One of the best things about this recipe is that it’s quick and easy to make, especially if you have leftover halibut.

Simply replace the crab meat in the recipe with your leftover halibut to get that extra yumminess.

Bake it into crispy tasty bites

Baking is super easy if you keep these simple steps in mind:

1) preheat your oven to around 180°C

2) line the baking sheet with some aluminum foil

3) lightly season the halibut bites on both sides with salt and pepper

4) bake for around 15 minutes or until tender.

Pro tip: You can also add some herbs on top of the halibut bites to get an even better flavor.

Make it into a tasty pate

If you love pate on toast, try replacing it with some leftover halibut.

A lot of people eat halibut as a spread on soft bread and even rye bread.

Drop some pickles on top for that extra zing.

Make a sandwich with it

This is my all-time favorite go-to meal when I have leftover halibut.

It’s simply delicious and requires no cooking at all.

You can make the sandwich however you like.

You can try adding some fresh tomatoes and cucumber as a topping to make the flavors pop.

Put it in a salad

If you don’t feel like having a sandwich, try putting the leftover halibut into your salad.

I recommend pairing it with some fresh spinach leaves to keep that nutritious balance.

You can also add some other veggies to make the flavor pop.

Grill it for that extra flavor

To do this, heat your outdoor grill up to medium heat.

You simply place the halibut on the grill for around 5 minutes on each side or until it’s tender.

To achieve this delicious flavor, season your halibut with salt and pepper before placing it onto your preheated grill.

Place some lemon slices along with the halibut to give it that extra tangy flavor.

Pairs perfectly with a nice glass of white wine.

Make a ceviche out of it

If you’re not familiar with what ceviche is, allow me to explain.

It’s basically raw fish or seafood “cooked” in either lime or lemon juice.

It’s a really healthy meal that tastes great and is super easy to make.

Start by mashing some fresh garlic into a bowl, then add in the halibut, salt, and pepper for flavor.

Next, squeeze your limes/lemons over top of everything else before adding in some chopped red onions.

Cook up some tasty fish tacos

This makes a great meal to share with friends and family because everyone can make their own taco however they like.

You simply cook the halibut in a frying pan until it reaches your desired level of done-ness, then add some fresh salsa in a tortilla for that extra zing.

Make a yummy seafood stoup for dinner

what to do with leftover halibut

To make this quick and easy meal, simply fry up some halibut chunks in a stockpot filled with some veggies and chicken broth.

Try adding some fresh spinach for an extra healthy boost of flavor.

You can also add halved cherry tomatoes and potatoes to get that added depth of flavor.

How long can I keep leftover halibut?

Ideally, you should consume leftover halibut within 2 days of cooking it.

However, it can be stored in the fridge for up to 3-4 days or in the freezer for up to 2 months. (source)

What are some good ways to cook leftover halibut?

There are many different ways to cook leftover halibut, such as frying, baking, grilling, and even making a ceviche out of it.

Can I still eat leftover halibut if it has freezer burn?

Yes, you can.

Freezer burn is when the food has been exposed to air and moisture for too long.

As a result, the color of the food will begin to turn into that characteristic yellowish-brown color.

You can tell if your leftover halibut has a freezer burn by looking at its edges.

If it looks dry and has a flaky texture, then freezer burn is present in the fish. (source)

How many different kinds of halibut exist in the world?

There are a total of 3 kinds of halibut in the world: 2 Atlantic halibuts and 1 Pacific halibut which can be found up in Alaskan waters.

What is the difference between Atlantic Halibut and Pacific Halibut?

Atlantic halibuts are mainly found in Europe, Canada, and the US.

Its flesh is a bit less dense but has a more buttery flavor to it.

They also have many small bones throughout the body of the fish.

Pacific halibuts are mostly found in the Alaskan waters and contain a white flesh that is firmer than Atlantic halibut.

They also contain fewer bones throughout their body compared to their Atlantic counterparts.

Is eating halibut good or not?

Yes, I highly recommend eating leftover halibut because it is a tasty and versatile fish that you can use in many different dishes.


This short guide has provided you with many ideas on how to reuse your leftover halibut.

Though the list is by no means exhaustive, it should provide a good starting point for those who are looking for new ways to incorporate this healthy protein into their diet without having to cook anything at all.

From simple recipes like tacos and sandwiches to more complex ones such as pates and ceviches.

And I hope that these dishes will encourage you to try something new or even inspire some creativity of your own.

Tamara Pierce

Tamara Pierce is a food writer at Elapasony, passionate about exploring diverse cuisines and sharing recipes and food experiences. From trendy restaurants to local hotspots, she's always on the lookout for new and exciting flavors.

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