10+ BEST Sauces for Halibut

Looking to enhance your halibut dish? Try these 10+ delicious sauces! From classic lemon butter, to zesty chimichurri, and more! These are the BEST sauces for halibut.

When it comes to cooking halibut, a versatile and delicate fish, the right sauce can take your dish from good to extraordinary.

Whether you prefer the simplicity of a lemon butter sauce or the exotic flavors of a Thai coconut curry, each option offers a unique taste that will enhance the delicate flavors of halibut.

Don’t be afraid to experiment and discover your personal favorite among these delightful combinations. Get creative, have fun, and elevate your halibut dishes to new heights of culinary excellence.

PS – Don’t forget about these 35+ tasty sides for halibut too!

The BEST Sauces for Halibut

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Lemon Butter Sauce:
The classic lemon butter sauce is a timeless companion to halibut. The tanginess of fresh lemon juice combined with the richness of melted butter creates a delightful balance that complements the delicate flavors of the fish. Add a sprinkle of fresh herbs like parsley or dill for an added burst of freshness.
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Crab Encrusted Halibut with Chili Cream Sauce | platingsandpairings.com
Chili Cream Sauce:
This Crab Encrusted Halibut recipe with Chili Cream Sauce is inspired by The Waterfront Depot in Florence, Oregon.
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Lemon caper sauce on spoon over small bowl.
This easy 6-ingredient lemon caper sauce has a delicious dimension of flavors and a velvety richness, making it the perfect match for fish, shrimp, chicken, and more! Ready in just 5 minutes, it’s a simple go-to sauce that always upgrades your weeknight dinner.
Lemon Caper Sauce
Chimichurri sauce in small jar with spoon.
Chimichurri Sauce:
Originating from Argentina, chimichurri sauce is a vibrant and herbaceous blend of parsley, garlic, oregano, and vinegar. Its zesty flavor adds a punch to your halibut while enhancing its natural taste. Drizzle this green sauce over grilled or baked halibut for a delicious twist.
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Bowl of yogurt dill sauce with spoon and slices of lemon, drizzled with olive oil.
This delicious Yogurt Dill Sauce is a creamy yet light all-purpose sauce you’ll want to use on everything. Easy to make with Greek yogurt, lemon, garlic, and dill, just a scoop adds bright and vibrant flavors to salad bowls, veggies, grilled meats, and more!
Yogurt Dill Sauce
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Mango Salsa:
For a tropical flair, consider topping your halibut with a refreshing mango salsa. Combining ripe mango chunks, diced red onion, jalapeño, cilantro, lime juice, and a pinch of salt creates a sweet and tangy salsa that beautifully complements the fish. The combination of flavors is both light and satisfying.
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Beurre Blanc:
A luxurious French sauce, beurre blanc, is a velvety emulsion of white wine, vinegar, shallots, and butter. Its smooth and creamy texture pairs wonderfully with halibut. The delicate acidity from the white wine cuts through the richness of the fish, resulting in a truly indulgent experience.
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Pan-Seared Halibut with Cherry Tomatoes & Basil - Once Upon a Chef
Tomato Basil Sauce:
Fresh and vibrant, a tomato basil sauce brings a burst of summer flavors to your halibut dish. Sauté ripe tomatoes, garlic, onions, and basil in olive oil until they break down into a rich sauce. Spoon this aromatic concoction over your halibut and enjoy the harmonious combination of flavors.
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Poached Halibut in Thai Coconut Curry Broth - Alaska from Scratch
Thai Coconut Curry Sauce:
Transport your taste buds to the exotic flavors of Thailand with a creamy coconut curry sauce. Simmer coconut milk, red curry paste, ginger, and garlic to create a luscious base. Add halibut fillets to the simmering sauce and let them soak up the fragrant curry, resulting in a dish that is both spicy and comforting.
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Pesto Sauce:
An Italian classic, pesto sauce, made with fresh basil, pine nuts, Parmesan cheese, garlic, and olive oil, is a versatile accompaniment for halibut. Spread a dollop of pesto over your baked or grilled fish to infuse it with a burst of aromatic flavors.
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Hollandaise sauce.
Hollandaise Sauce:
Indulge in the velvety richness of hollandaise sauce with your halibut. Made with egg yolks, butter, and lemon juice, this classic French sauce adds a luxurious touch to any dish. Drizzle the golden sauce over your halibut to create an elegant and flavorful combination.
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Tarragon Cream Sauce:
Tarragon, with its unique anise-like flavor, brings a distinct taste to your halibut. Create a creamy sauce by infusing heavy cream with tarragon leaves and a touch of white wine. The result is a smooth and velvety sauce that adds depth and complexity to your dish.
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How to Make Ahead and Store

Many of these halibut sauces can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for a few days or even in the freezer. Simply check the individual recipes for full storing instructions and details on how to make ahead. 

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10+ BEST Sauces for Halibut

These are the 10+ BEST sauces for halibut! From classic lemon butter, to zesty chimichurri, and more. There's a sauce for everyone! Try this lemon butter sauce, made with dry white wine and fresh dill, is the upgrade your next halibut dish craves!
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Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 8 people


  • ¾ cup dry white wine (or dry vermouth)
  • 3 Tablespoons shallot (minced)
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice (fresh squeezed)
  • ½ cup unsalted butter (cut into 6 pieces)
  • 1 ½ Tablespoons fresh dill (chopped)
  • Salt and pepper (to taste)


  • Boil wine, shallot and lemon juice in a small saucepan over high heat until reduced to ¼ cup, about 6 minutes.
  • Reduce heat to low and add butter, one piece at a time, whisking until melted before adding more.
  • Remove pan from heat. Stir in dill.
  • Season to taste with salt and pepper.


  • If you don’t have dill, you can still use this delicious recipe, just swap the dill ingredient out for parsley, basil or tarragon.
  • If your sauce is too thin, you can continue cooking it over low-medium heat and whisk in a few tablespoons of cornstarch and cold water to thicken it up a bit. Always start with a little and add as needed.
  • If you over season the sauce, Like I said before, less is more! When making sauces especially, it’s super easy to season, taste, and season some more. To take down too much seasoning, you’ll have to add in more bone broth and water to balance the flavors — then likely more cornstarch to thinking the mixture again. You’ll then end up with LOTS of sauce.
  • If your sauce is too sour, then you probably just have a bit too much lemon juice in comparison to your other ingredients. Even that out by adding in a little more garlic, shallots, and white wine, then whisk together. Don’t be afraid to taste your sauce while you cook to ensure you’re getting the perfect flavors.
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Calories: 124kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 36mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 361IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 1mg

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