Grilled Halibut & Cucumber Salad

One of my favorite white fishes to eat is halibut. It used to be hard to find halibut around here - in restaurants and the markets with regularity. Now, I typically can find halibut at Costco and Hy-Vee! This fish is easy to cook, does NOT taste "fishy" which I know everyone dislikes and has loads of protein. I paired it with a cucumber salad that dressed the fish beautifully and adds some crunch for texture with the crispness of the cucumbers and onions.  


  • 1 lb (or more) halibut steak
  • 1 large English Cucumber
  • 1 medium red onion
  • Salt/Pepper
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 - 1/2 cup white wine


  • Heat up pan over the stove to medium heat (I use my grill pan so the fish has those lovely grill marks)
  • Spritz the pan with olive oil as well as your fish
  • Cut the fish into 3-4 ounce filets; spritz each with olive oil and season with salt/pepper
  • Cut off ends of cucumber and cut in half so it's easier to handle on mandolin
  • Start with one end of cut cucumber and slide back and forth over mandolin to make thin slices of cucumber; finish slicing full cucumber
  • Peel red onion and cut into thin rounds
  • In small bowl, mix wine, rice vinegar, oil, salt and pepper
  • Mix onion and cucumber in large bowl and cover with dressing; mix and let set
  • Grill halibut, seasoned side down, while cooking season the top side
  • Fish will cook quickly, a few minutes on each side: use a large flat spatula and flip once fish easily lifts off pan
  • Place cooked filets on a large fish platter and spread the cucumber salad around fish

Serves 4, make more for leftovers!

The vinegar helps to break down the onions so you don't get that awful raw onion flavor in your mouth! This is super easy for a dinner party and looks so elegant!

Do you like halibut? Let me know your favorite recipe. PS, I use a small mandolin from William's Sonoma, nothing to fancy but it works great for cucumbers, potatoes, radishes and other fruits and veggies!