The Occasion: Dinner for two on a weeknight; beautiful piece of fresh fish; no time to mess with anything elaborate
Why this Works: The golden, crispy, crunchy bits baked on top more than make up for time spent chopping all those herbs. The herb crusted halibut looks fancy and makes a satisfying meal even though it’s super-easy – especially when paired with grocery store convenience items (mashed potatoes and frozen green beans).
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Recipe source: Duncan at Allrecipes
- ¾ cup panko bread crumbs
- 1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh dill
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh chives
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil (up to 1 additional tbsp as needed)
- 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
- 4 (5-6 ounce) halibut fillets
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
- Line a baking sheet with foil.
- Combine panko bread crumbs, parsley, dill, chives, extra-virgin olive oil, lemon zest, sea salt, and black pepper in a bowl. Taste and adjust with more salt if desired.
- Rinse halibut fillets and pat dry with a paper towel.
- Place halibut fillets onto the prepared baking sheet.
- Generously spoon the herbed crumbs over the fish, and lightly press crumb mixture onto each fillet.
- Bake in the preheated oven until crumb topping is lightly browned and fish flakes easily with a fork, 10 to 15 minutes.