Soy & Honey Halibut

Recently, my parents came back from about a week long trip to Alaska where they spent the majority of the trip on a boat fishing and enjoying all the natural beauty Mother Nature has to offer. One of those days spent on the boat was spent fishing for halibut and after a very successful catch, they ended up freezing and transporting 15 pounds worth of wild caught Alaskan Halibut! Me being the foodie that I am couldn’t have been more excited to get my hands on the fish and right away I made my Crispy Fish Tacos with the fillets. Safe to say they were the best fish tacos I have ever had in my life and I do not mean that as an exaggeration. I have never had fresher more tender fish and now I don’t know that I can ever go back to conventional frozen seafood. But for now that I am being spoiled with the fresh fish, I decided to come up with some other yummy recipes. Last week I was looking through my fridge and pantry and noticed I was starting to run low on quite a bit of my staple items. Instead of making a run to the grocery store, decided to make due with what I had and with that this recipe was born. I started by defrosting the fish about 30 minutes ahead and started working on the marinade. After throwing some ingredients to a bowl and whisking it together this soy and honey marinade was born and let me just say that this recipe was a huge hit in my household. Adrian, my boyfriend, is not the biggest fan of fish but he devoured this meal and kept praising me for how good this was. I decided to serve the fish alongside some zucchini and shredded carrots that I tossed in a small amount of soy sauce, garlic powder, and sriracha all atop some white rice. This recipe is incredibly simple and can be used on just about any protein source but I find it goes really well with fish. Fish is a great lean protein source that is also abundant in omega-3 fatty acids which is particularly important for cardiovascular health. With the weather being so dreadful and many of us wanting to spend as little time a possible in the kitchen, this recipe is ideal because dinner can be on the table in no time if you prep the marinade in advance. All you need is 30 minutes to marinate and about 6-7 minutes to cook. Now let’s get into the details of what you will need for this recipe.



  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 3 tsp honey
  • 1 tsp chili garlic paste
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • chopped green onions ( as much or as little as you would like)
  • 1/2 tbsp white vinegar (rice wine vinegar will also work)

Halibut & Sides

  • 4-5 fillets halibut
  • 2 cups white rice (or brown)
  • 2 cups zucchini
  • 1 cup shredded carrots


Add the ingredients for the marinade into a bowl and whisk together and set aside.

In a shallow dish/bowl place the fish/protein of choice and pour the marinde over the top.

If using fish, do not exceed 1 hour of marinating but I find 30 minutes is the perfect amount of time. For other protein like beef, chicken, or pork, you can marinate it overnight or a minimum of 1 hour.

After marinating halibut for 30 minutes

While the fish is marinating, prepare the side dishes by cooking the rice and chopping the veggies.

After 30 minutes begin heating a skillet on medium heat and add 1 tbsp of desired cooking oil. Once the pan is nice and hot add the fish and add a small sprinkle of salt just to ensure maximum flavor. Depending on the thickness of the fish it may take anywhere from 2-4 minutes per side.

Remove the fish from the heat once a golden brown color develops on the outside.

Serve alongside white rice & veggies and enjoy!

I hope you give this recipe a try and if you do be sure to leave a comment down below or tag us @lifeatthemesa on Instagram so we can see how it turns out for you! This recipe is one of those recipes that you can customize to work with whatever you have, but the general idea is that you can make a delicious and nutritious meal with limited ingredients. I will be back soon with another delicious and nutritious recipe!


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