Pan Roasted Halibut with Calvados and Serrano Ham-Butter Sauce


Fresh halibut and savory Mediterranean flavors come together to make a great dish. If you cannot find halibut, substitute sea bass, snapper, or cod.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
4 servings


  • ¼ cup canola oil for pan-frying

  • 4 (7 ounce) halibut fillets

  • Kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste

  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour for dredging

For the sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 2 shallots, minced

  • 2 ounces thickly sliced Spanish serrano ham (or prosciutto) cut into 1/4-inch dice

  • ¼ cup golden raisins, soaked in hot water to soften

  • 2 tablespoons capers, rinsed and patted dry

  • ¼ cup pine nuts, lightly toasted

  • cup Calvados (apple brandy)

  • ½ cup chicken stock

  • ½ cup cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces

  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley

  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme

  • Kosher salt to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C).

  2. Heat canola oil in a large, ovenproof skillet over high heat until it begins to smoke. Season halibut to taste with salt and pepper. Dredge in flour, and shake off the excess. Sear the halibut until golden brown on both sides, about 1 minute per side. Pour excess oil from skillet, then place into preheated oven, and bake until flakey, 7 to 8 minutes.

  3. When cooked, remove fish from skillet, and keep warm. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in the pan, stir in shallots, and cook over medium heat until they turn translucent, about 1 minute. Add the ham, drained raisins, capers, and pine nuts; continue cooking for another minute. Pour in Calvados, and cook until reduced by half. Add the chicken stock, increase heat to high, and boil until 1/4 of the stock has evaporated.

  4. Remove the skillet from the heat, and quickly whisk in 1/2 cup butter until dissolved. Whisk in the parsley and thyme; season to taste with salt. To serve, arrange halibut on a warmed serving platter or individual plates, pour the sauce overtop. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

823 Calories
56g Fat
21g Carbs
49g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 823
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 56g 72%
Saturated Fat 22g 112%
Cholesterol 153mg 51%
Sodium 732mg 32%
Total Carbohydrate 21g 8%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 49g
Vitamin C 5mg 23%
Calcium 124mg 10%
Iron 4mg 20%
Potassium 1130mg 24%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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