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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.

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  1. 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!!!!

  2. 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!

  3. 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!

  4. 5 stars
    We made this for dinner tonight – WOW! Better than a restaurant! So simple to make, beautiful presentation, delicious. As always…

  5. 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.

  6. 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!