Halibut is one of my favorite fish. Sweet and mild with a firm texture that flakes apart when properly cooked. It’s a great fish to entertain with, because it’s mild flavor is appealing to many palates. When serving halibut to a group, I prefer to serve a large center cut piece of fish as opposed to individual portions. That being said, this preparation works well for individual portions as well. When buying fish, a good rule of thumb is ~6 oz per person, but this number can be adjusted up larger appetites. The recipe below serves 6 very generously but could serve up to 8.
Panko breadcrumbs are essential to this recipe. Their crisp and crunchy texture is a perfect compliment to the halibut. Panko breadcrumbs hail from Japan, and they are made with a crustless bread. The have a lighter, crunchier, airier texture than traditional western breadcrumbs. Panko is widely available in many supermarkets.