Rating: 4.69 stars
45 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 38
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 2

Halibut cheeks are really delicious and super-easy to cook. Here they are pan-seared and served with a zingy orange sauce with Asian seasonings. Great with asparagus and jasmine rice for a light and tasty Spring dinner.

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Ingredients

2
Original recipe yields 2 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Whisk the orange juice, cilantro, ginger, garlic, soy sauce, sesame oil, and red pepper flakes together in a small bowl; set aside.

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  • Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the halibut cheeks until golden brown on each side, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Pour the orange juice mixture into the skillet and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and simmer until the halibut flakes easily with a fork and the sauce has thickened slightly. Remove halibut cheeks to a plate and drizzle with orange sauce to serve.

Nutrition Facts

293 calories; protein 37.2g; carbohydrates 4.7g; fat 12.5g; cholesterol 63.1mg; sodium 547mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (45)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
11/27/2009
Wow! Tasty quick and easy. No cilantro at home so used italian parsley. Make sure fish are very dry before going in the pan - extra moisture adds to the time to thicken the sauce and leads to leathery fish. Well as leathery as halibut cheeks can get. Read More
(29)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
11/25/2014
This sauce did not taste good at all. The orange didn't pair right with the ginger sesame cilantro and soy. I just couldn't palette it. Was so acidic. Read More
45 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 38
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
11/27/2009
Wow! Tasty quick and easy. No cilantro at home so used italian parsley. Make sure fish are very dry before going in the pan - extra moisture adds to the time to thicken the sauce and leads to leathery fish. Well as leathery as halibut cheeks can get. Read More
(29)
Rating: 5 stars
04/01/2010
This is an outstanding recipe! I added a tsp of orange zest and an extra Tbs of fresh squeezed OJ and it was dynamite! Served with black rice drizzled with sesame oil and snap peas a new favorite. Thanks! Read More
(8)
Rating: 5 stars
05/04/2010
Oh my this is SOOOO good!! Halibut is expensive but its wonderful in this recipe! Perfect paired with some brown rice! I used frozen halibut fillets that i thawed out and it was magnificent!:) Read More
(7)
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Rating: 5 stars
03/05/2010
Really good. I used tilapia instead as I can't get good fresh halibut in FL. Read More
(5)
Rating: 5 stars
09/15/2010
Another winner in my opinion. You do have to be nutty about the cooking time however. No more than 3 or 4 minutes if you want tender Halibut. Read More
(5)
Rating: 5 stars
01/15/2010
I substituted tangerines plus Meyer Lemon juice in lieu of oranges and it was still a great recipe! Read More
(4)
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Rating: 5 stars
10/01/2010
Wow! So good and so easy. I was halfway through mixing up the sauce when I realized I was out of cilantro so I left it out and it was still great. I didn't measure everything exactly so I know I was a little heavy on the ginger and garlic but we like it that way. I also used tilapia instead of halibut we love it but fresh halibut is just too expensive for an everyday meal. Read More
(4)
Rating: 5 stars
12/30/2011
This dish was great. I used Talapia rather than Halibut. I made the sauce ahead and kept it in the freezer. Made for an great no fuss fish dish. Read More
(3)
Rating: 5 stars
03/29/2010
This recipe is fantastic! This is the first time I have recommended a dish in years of allrecipe use - it is a must try! We used Halibut steaks and cooked them in the pan without the red pepper flakes. After we took out the fish we added the chili flakes to the pan and reduced the sauce. We ate the fish with the sauce and our kids were happy to go sauceless. Our 1 and 3 year old gobbled up the fish (truly gobbled - our 1 year old had 3rds!) Read More
(3)
Rating: 1 stars
11/25/2014
This sauce did not taste good at all. The orange didn't pair right with the ginger sesame cilantro and soy. I just couldn't palette it. Was so acidic. Read More