Halibut with Lemon-Dill Pesto Recipe

Halibut 001The wonderful taste of lemon will transform and ordinary pan-fried fish into something delicious. You can serve it with steamed asparagus and brown rice for a simple, fresh meal.


  • 1 halibut fillet (about 1 lb.), skinned and cut into 4 pieces
  • Pinch of each salt and black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons of olive oil

Lemon-Dill Pesto:

  • 1 cup of packed fresh parsley leaves
  • 1/3 cup of packed fresh dill
  • 1/3 cup of slivered almonds, toasted
  • 1/4 teaspoon of each salt and pepper
  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon of grated lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice


Lemon-Dill Pesto:

  1. Using mini blender pulse together parsley. dill, almonds, salt and pepper 5 times.
  2. Pour in oil, 1 tablespoon of water, lemon zest and lemon juice.
  3. Puree until smooth thick paste.
  4. Set aside.
  5. Sprinkle fish with salt and pepper
  6. In skillet, heat oil over medium heat.
  7. Cook fish, turning once, until golden and fish flakes easily when tested with fork – about 6-8 minutes.
  8. Serve with pesto.

Hope you will enjoy this recipe – please send me your comments, your input is always welcomed and much appreciated!


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Hanna Trafford

Hanna is the mother of two grown sons Dan and Dusan Nedelko, and is also the Grandmother to Jax, Cohen and Mila. She is the lead editor of Mama Knows and is hoping to create an exchange of communications with other grandmothers, mothers and daughters - giving everyone the opportunity to learn and share about everything that is "Mama"