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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
5 from 10 votes

Pan-Roasted Chipotle Halibut with Avocado Salsa

Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 35 minutes
Servings: 2 people


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.

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Servings: 2 people

Photography by Eat Love Eats.

Welcome! I’m Alex.

I’m a food lover sharing healthy, simple, delicious, recipes from my kitchen to yours. Here you’ll find lots of Whole30, lots of healthy, and a little indulgence here and there because…it’s all about balance y’all!

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  1. 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.

      1. 5 stars
        Oh my gosh what a flavor explosion! It came together so quickly and I can’t wait to make this again. I have never written a food review before but felt compelled to after eating this. Thank you for such a delicious and easy recipe!!

  2. 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.