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Sous Vide Halibut

If you’re looking for the best way to cook tasty halibut try Sous Vide Halibut! This method cooks fish delicately in a temperature-controlled water bath to ensure a perfectly cooked piece of halibut that’s ready for finishing or eating as-is!

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Halibut is a type of flatfish that is found in the North Atlantic and North Pacific Oceans. It is one of the largest flatfish, with some individuals weighing up to 700 pounds!

Halibut has a mild flavor and firm, meaty texture that makes it a popular choice for sous vide cooking. This fish is best served with dishes that have bold flavors, such as a lemon and herb sauce or a tomato and basil salsa.

βœ…Why Sous Vide Method Is The Best Way To Cook Halibut

  • Sous vide is a method of cooking food in which the food is sealed in a bag and cooked in a water bath at a consistent temperature. This method of cooking fish allows for the fish to retain its moisture and flavor, while also ensuring that it is cooked evenly throughout.
  • Fish is one of the quickest and most delicate foods to cook, making it one of the most challenging to cook perfectly. The sous vide method takes all the guesswork out of cooking fish and results in a perfectly cooked piece of fish every time.
  • Fish cooked using the sous vide method is incredibly moist and flavorful and has a texture that is unlike any other type of cooked fish. This method of cooking also allows you to cook fish to your exact liking, whether you prefer it rare, medium, or well done.
  • In addition to being cooked perfectly every time, sous vide fish is also extremely versatile. It can be served with a variety of sauces and sides, making it a perfect dish for any occasion.

🐟Key Ingredients & Helpful Tools

  • Halibut – You can find halibut at your local grocery store or fish market. You can also sous vide frozen halibut if you can’t find fresh.
  • Immersion Circulator – The best immersion circulator is by Anova because it’s top-of-the-line quality and has a great app that connects with your phone. You can also use a budget-friendly brand such as the SAKI or InkBird brand.
  • Vacuum Sealer – Use any basic vacuum sealer with your sous vide. You can also use these sous vide bags with hand pump for about $15.
  • Vacuum Sealer Bags – Purchase a set of different sizes for ease and variety.
  • Large Pot or Sous Vide Container – If you’re cooking a lot with the sous vide, it’s helpful to have a container that’s perfectly sized to hold the immersion circulator and the food its cooking. Otherwise, you can use a large pot or heat-safe container.
  • Sous Vide Clips or Sous Vide Weights – These accessories are made to keep the food submerged in the water while it cooks to make sure it cooks evenly. You can purchase these or use a heavy kitchen utensil and binder clips.

Check out The Best Sous Vide Accessories for a perfect cooking experience!

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πŸ’¦Water Displacement Method

Don’t have a vacuum sealer? The water displacement method works by using the principle of Archimedes, which states that a body submerged in water is buoyed up by a force equal to the weight of the water displaced by the body.

This means that the food in the sealed bag is cooked by the heat of the surrounding water, without coming into direct contact with the water. This cooking method is often used to cook delicate foods such as fish, eggs, and vegetables. You can use the water displacement method to properly secure your fish for sous vide using the following steps:

  1. Place your food in a Ziploc freezer bag, making sure to get as much air as possible.
  2. Seal the bag most of the way leaving a small opening at the end to let air escape.
  3. Submerge in the water letting the air come up to the top using the pressure of the water.
  4. Once the bag is submerged up to the seal, close it fully before fully submerging into the water.

πŸ’§How To Sous Vide Halibut

1️⃣Heat the water bath: Choose your desired temperature using the table below and fill your pot or sous vide container with water. Add the immersion circulator and set the correct temperature.

2️⃣Prepare the halibut: Pat the fish dry completely, then add desired dried seasonings and/or butter. Place the fish in a vacuum-sealed bag in a single layer or use the water displacement method to remove the air.

3️⃣Sous vide the halibut: Once the water has come up to temperature, submerge the fish into the water bath and use weights or clips to keep it down. Cook for 30-45 minutes depending on the size or if it’s frozen.

4️⃣Finish and serve: Once it’s finished cooking, remove it from the water bath with tongs and carefully open it. Pat dry with paper towels, then use any of the finishing methods below. Adjust seasonings and enjoy!

⏲️Best Time and Temperature To Cook Halibut

What temperature do you sous vide fish and for how long? This depends on how well you like it cooked and what type of fish it is. Generally, you can expect your fish to be cooked in about 30 minutes at a temperature ranging from 125F – 135F for the best flavor and texture.

  • Rare: 125F for 30 minutes – This will produce fish that is slightly pink in the center and will have a more raw taste. Use this time and temperature if you plan on finishing the dish with a high heat method.
  • Medium: 130F for 30 minutes – This is the perfect temperature to cook your fish if you’re looking for something with a slightly firm texture while still being moist and tender. This is the temperature you want to aim for if you are planning on finishing or browning the top.
  • Well Done: 135F for 30 minutes – This will give you fish that is cooked all the way through and has a slightly firmer flaky texture but is still moist and delicious. Use this temperature if you are planning to eat the fish without finishing to avoid overcooking.

πŸ”₯Finishing

There are 4 ways to finish your halibut after it has been cooked sous vide. Keep in mind that fish can be extremely delicate after cooking with all of its moisture so handle your fish with care to prevent it from breaking.

  • Skillet – This is the best way to finish sous vide fish. Simply heat up a skillet on medium-high heat with some oil. Sear each side of the fish for about 1 minute or until it becomes slightly browned and crispy. Remove from the pan and serve immediately.
  • Broiling – To broil sous vide fish, preheat your oven to the highest broil setting. Place your fish on a lightly oiled baking sheet and place it in the oven. Broil for 1-2 minutes or until the top becomes slightly browned and crispy. Remove from the heat and serve immediately.
  • Grilling – Preheat your grill to medium-high heat and oil the grates. Grill your fish for 1-2 minutes per side or until it becomes slightly browned and crispy. Remove from the grill and serve immediately.
  • Air Fryer – Preheat your air fryer to 400F. Place your fish in the air fryer and cook for 3-5 minutes or until it becomes slightly browned and crispy. Remove from the air fryer with a spatula and serve immediately.

πŸ‘©πŸ»β€πŸ³Chef’s Tips

  • Halibut is often very delicate and is even more delicate when cooked in its own juices. Make sure you are removing and finishing the fish carefully to keep it from breaking.
  • Because the halibut gets cooked in its own moisture, the seasoning will go a long way! Start with less than you think you need to and add more when finishing.
  • If you’re not enjoying your halibut right away, remove it from the sous vide and immediately place it in an ice bath for 10 minutes. Then, store in the fridge for up to 3 days before finishing and serving.
  • If you’re using frozen halbut, add 15 minutes more of cooking time to ensure it’s thawed properly. You may only need to add 5 minutes for thinner cuts of fish.

πŸ§‚Seasoning Ideas

Fish is one of the most versatile foods because it can take on the flavor of anything you pair it with. Try these serving suggestions and seasoning ideas!

  • Lemon Butter Sauce – A classic sauce that is perfect for fish! Simply combine lemon juice, butter, and thyme in a pan over low heat. Cook until the butter has melted and the sauce has slightly thickened. Drizzle over your sous vide halibut and enjoy!
  • Dill – A simple seasoning of dill weed and salt is all you need to accentuate the natural flavor of your fish.
  • Pico de Gallo – A fresh and flavorful topping for sous vide halibut! Simply combine diced tomatoes, onions, cilantro, lime juice, and salt in a bowl. Serve over your cooked halibut for a delicious and healthy meal.
  • Tomato Basil Sauce – A delicious and easy-to-make sauce that is perfect for sous vide fish! Simply combine diced tomatoes, basil, garlic, and olive oil in a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth and serve over your cooked halibut.

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Sous Vide Halibut

If you're looking for the best way to cook tilapia, try Sous Vide Halibut! This method cooks delicately in a temperature-controlled water bath to ensure a perfectly cooked piece of halibut that's ready for finishing or eating as-is!
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 212kcal

Ingredients

  • 16 oz Halibut filets
  • Β½ tsp Salt
  • ΒΌ tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 tbsp Butter

Instructions

  • Choose your desired temperature using the table below and fill your pot or sous vide container with water. Add the immersion circulator and set the correct temperature.
  • Pat the halibut dry completely, then add desired dried seasonings and/or butter. Place the halibut in a vacuum-sealed bag in a single layer or use the water displacement method to remove the air.
  • Once the water has come up to temperature, submerge the fish into the water bath and use weights or clips to keep it down. Cook for 30-45 minutes depending on the size or if it’s frozen.
  • Once it’s finished cooking, remove from the water bath with tongs and carefully open it. Pat dry with paper towels, then use any of the finishing methods below. Adjust seasonings and enjoy!

Notes

⏲️Best Time and Temperature To Cook Halibut

What temperature do you sous vide halibut and for how long? This depends on how well you like it cooked and what type of fish it is. Generally, you can expect your fish to be cooked in about 30 minutes at a temperature ranging from 125F – 135F for the best flavor and texture.
  • Rare: 125F for 30 minutes – This will produce fish that is slightly pink in the center and will have a more raw taste. Use this time and temperature if you plan on finishing the dish with a high heat method.
  • Medium: 130F for 30 minutes – This is the perfect temperature to cook your fish if you’re looking for something with a slightly firm texture while still being moist and tender. This is the temperature you want to aim for if you are planning on finishing or browning the top.
  • Well Done: 135F for 30 minutes – This will give you fish that is cooked all the way through and has a slightly firmer flaky texture but is still moist and delicious. Use this temperature if you are planning to eat the fish without finishing to avoid overcooking.

πŸ”₯Finishing

There are 4 ways to finish your halibut after it has been cooked sous vide. Keep in mind that fish can be extremely delicate after cooking with all of its moisture so handle your fish with care to prevent it from breaking.
  • Skillet – This is the best way to finish sous vide fish. Simply heat up a skillet on medium-high heat with some oil. Sear each side of the fish for about 1 minute or until it becomes slightly browned and crispy. Remove from the pan and serve immediately.
  • Broiling – To broil sous vide fish, preheat your oven to the highest broil setting. Place your fish on a lightly oiled baking sheet and place it in the oven. Broil for 1-2 minutes or until the top becomes slightly browned and crispy. Remove from the heat and serve immediately.
  • Grilling – Preheat your grill to medium-high heat and oil the grates. Grill your fish for 1-2 minutes per side or until it becomes slightly browned and crispy. Remove from the grill and serve immediately.
  • Air Fryer – Preheat your air fryer to 400F. Place your fish in the air fryer and cook for 3-5 minutes or until it becomes slightly browned and crispy. Remove from the air fryer with a spatula and serve immediately.

Nutrition

Calories: 212kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 42g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 112mg | Sodium: 744mg | Potassium: 1000mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 166IU | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 1mg

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