Pan Roasted Chipotle Halibut with Avocado Salsa

If you are looking for a light, flavorful and delicious summer meal, look no further than this Pan Roasted Chipotle Halibut with Avocado Salsa.

Pan Roasted Chipotle Halibut with Avocado Salsa

I love pan roasting fish and it is definitely my preferred method of cooking fish in my kitchen! It gives it a nice crispy sear while leaving the inside nice and flakey. Halibut is always a good choice for a light and fresh weeknight meal, and I love enjoying it in the summer; however, it can sometimes be a little on the pricey side. I found mine on sale this week so I went for it but, if you don’t want to break the bank try this Pan-Roasted Chipotle Halibut with Avocado Salsa with either Salmon, Mahi-Mahi, or any white flakey fish instead!

Pan Roasted Chipotle Halibut with Avocado Salsa

I really love the heat from the chipotle paired with the nice cool avocado salsa over the top, the combination makes for a great summer dinner! I hope you enjoy this dish as much as I do!

And for more halibut recipe ideas, try these flavor-packed dishes! 

miso halibut en papillote (in parchment)

poached halibut in a thai-inspired coconut broth

oven-baked greek-inspired halibut


Pan-Roasted Chipotle Halibut with Avocado Salsa

Pan Roasted Chipotle Halibut with Avocado Salsa
Serves: 2 people
5 from 9 votes
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time35 mins


For the Avocado Salsa:

  • 1 avocado diced
  • 1/4 medium-sized red onion diced
  • 1/2 jalapeno finely diced
  • juice of 2 limes (about 4 tablespoons)
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cumin
  • salt and pepper to taste

For the Halibut:

  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp chipotle chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 [6-8oz] filets of Halibut or any white, flakey fish. Salmon also works!
  • 2 tbsp. avocado oil


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Make the Avocado Salsa:

  • Combine all of the avocado salsa ingredients in a bowl, stir to combine. Cover and place in refrigerator until ready to serve or just set aside until fish is cooked through.

Cook the Halibut:

  • In a small bowl, combine the salt, pepper, chipotle chili powder, and cumin. Toss to combine.
  • Pat the halibut filets dry then evenly distribute the seasoning mixture over the tops of the filets and rub the mixture into the fish so that it adheres well.
  • Heat the oil in a cast-iron skillet (or an oven-safe skillet) over medium-high heat. When oil is very hot, but not smoking, add the halibut (skin side down) to the skillet and sear for about 3 minutes.
  • Carefully flip the fish over and place the skillet into the oven. Continue to cook for 8-10 more minutes, or until fish is cooked through and flakey, but not dry! (I had a 6oz piece and it took 8 minutes, my husband's was 8oz and took 10 minutes)
  • Remove from oven and serve immediately topped with the avocado salsa.

Photography by Eat Love Eats.


  • Reply
    September 22, 2022 at 2:20 am

    5 stars
    I pulled a halibut fillet out of the freezer yesterday and didn’t know what I wanted to do with it for dinner. I googled whole30 halibut recipes and found this one – absolute winner!! It’s very different from anything I’ve done with halibut before and I love it. And I’m obsessed with this avocado salsa! I served mine with just a basic side of air fried brussel sprouts and it made for a great dinner.

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      September 22, 2022 at 6:01 pm

      Glad you enjoyed it!!

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    Raphi Cohee
    August 18, 2022 at 4:57 pm

    I made this for a dinner party last night with rice and broccoli…. it was a giant success. The fish was incredible with those seasonings and salsa. My guests called me “fancy pants” and were raving at how delicious it was, and I have to agree. I made the fish in my air fryer and it turned out perfect. Thanks Alex! I only make your recipes now… literally.

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      August 18, 2022 at 8:15 pm

      How fabulous! So glad you loved it, Fancy Pants!! 😉

  • Reply
    April 13, 2022 at 12:43 am

    5 stars
    Absolutely delicious, as usual!!!

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    December 7, 2021 at 11:53 pm

    5 stars
    Delicious as always! And so easy! Alex, I sing your praises to anyone who will listen! I LOVE all of your recipes – it is almost all I cook these days. THANK YOU!!!!

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    August 23, 2021 at 12:41 am

    5 stars
    We loved this! You’re right-Halibut is expensive but was worth it here. Spices gave a good kick. We served with zucchini/squash slices and rice. My salsa was really juicy but enjoyed that over the rice so was happy with it. I would definitely make it again! Can’t wait for the next cookbook. Already pre-ordered. Thanks for making me a “chef”, Alex!

    • Reply
      August 23, 2021 at 11:41 am

      Thank you so much for pre-ordering, Angela!

  • Reply
    August 10, 2021 at 1:50 am

    Do you have a recommendation on the chipotle seasoning? I have one I bought from sprouts that I find to be extremely spicy (and I actually like spice) but this one is a bit too much particularly when cooking for kids! I would love your recommendation!

    • Reply
      August 13, 2021 at 3:22 pm

      Chipotle seasoning definitely has a kick to it, you could sub in just chili powder to avoid the extra heat!

  • Reply
    August 9, 2021 at 7:50 pm

    What’s a good side dish to serve with this?

    • Reply
      August 9, 2021 at 10:20 pm

      Cilantro lime rice would be great, a big salad, or any roasted veggie!

  • Reply
    August 7, 2021 at 11:49 pm

    5 stars
    Made for dinner tonight – so so good!

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    August 5, 2021 at 11:29 pm

    5 stars
    We made this for dinner tonight – WOW! Better than a restaurant! So simple to make, beautiful presentation, delicious. As always…

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    August 4, 2021 at 10:57 pm

    5 stars
    I made this with Salmon, and my family Loved it! The fresh avocado salsa was delicious and the spice mixture on the fish was amazing! Just another Perfect recipe, thank you The Defined Dish.

    • Reply
      August 5, 2021 at 12:26 pm

      Thank you, Mary!!! So glad you enjoyed!

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    Beth Foster
    August 3, 2021 at 1:11 am

    5 stars
    This was delicious! I might use less lime in the salsa or less salt on the fish next time. Also i added a bit of cilantro to the salsa, just because i love the flavor. Overall this dish was incredible. Thanks!

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    August 2, 2021 at 12:58 am

    5 stars
    Incredibly simple to make (coming from someone who is new to cooking fish) and absolutely delicious!

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