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Food & Wine Friday: Halibut Fillets And Wine

This Week In Food & Wine: Quick & Healthy Halibut Fillets And Wine

Why is it that we often seem to run out of time? Whether it’s longer workdays, shuttling kids to and from activities, or workouts after work, when you get home the last thing you want to do is slave over a hot stove for any length of time. But you’ve got to eat something and you’d prefer it were quick, healthy, and of course tasty. Well, if you’ve got 10 minutes (Yes! 10 minutes) then we’ve got a great meal meal for you! This halibut with herb butter recipe will to only satisfy your tastebuds but also your waistline, and when paired with our selection of wines you’ll wish every meal could be this great.

But as is our practice, let’s explore some wine recommendations first. Due to the simplicity of flavors, even though any of your favorite varietals will work, we suggest you choose either a red or white blend due to the simplicity of flavors in this dish. The blends work well because of the balance (of flavors) they bring while also not being so overpowering (i.e. Cabernet Sauvignon or Zinfandel), to mask the flavors of the fish.


Try this selection of Grape Certified wines:

2012 Yalumba The Scribbler Red Blend - thegrape.com

Yalumba The Scribbler Red Blend ($18)

This Grape Certified Platinum wine is from Australia’s Barossa Valley and is a perfect blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (56%) and Shiraz (46%). Look for the 2012 vintage, as we’ve found it to be our favorite.


2012 14 Hands Hot to Trot White Blend ($12) - THEGRAPE

14 Hands Hot to Trot White Blend 2012 ($12)

This Grape Certified Silver white blend is great for the budget conscious wine shopper. At $12 it can be purchased at most supermarkets or big box stores and is great when chilled and shared with friends.


Also consider the following Bordeaux blends wines:

Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Proprietary Red ($140) – Grape Certified Platinum Bordeaux Red Blend from Napa Valley, CA

Chateau Carbonnieux Blanc Pessac ($45) – Grape Certified Gold White Blend from Bordeaux, France

Chateau La Louviere Blanc Pessac ($30) – Grape Certified Gold White Blend from Bordeaux, France

Bodega Norton Privada ($25) – Grape Certified Gold Bordeaux Red Blend from Chile, South America


This is perfect for 2 and only takes 10 minutes to complete, so open a bottle of wine so it can breathe for a moment, while filling your spirit with thoughts of winding down! Are you ready for halibut fillets and wine?



a. 2 Halibut fillets

b. 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

c. 2 tablespoons of finely chopped herbs (parsley, tarragon, dill, etc.)

d. 1 teaspoon Olive Oil

e. Salt & Pepper



a.  Make aluminum foil trays sized to fit each fillet, coating them with olive oil.

b.  Put the fillets ugly side up (skin side even if the skin is now removed) on the trays.

c.  Thoroughly mix butter and chopped herbs.

d.  Place 1 tablespoon of the butter on the halibut.

e.  Broil for 4 minutes on each side careful to not spill melted herb butter.

f.  After plating, pour remaining melted sauce over each fillet.

g.  Serve with you favorite steamed veggies or on a bed of rice. Bon Appétit!


You can substitute the halibut with your favorite fish, whether salmon, tilapia or whitefish. Thanks for reading this Friday’s food and wine post from the grape. We’d love to hear from you in the comments section below. Cheers!


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