Buyer's guide

Allow a 200g/7oz fillet or steak per person. If you can’t find halibut, turbot is a suitable substitute. Small halibut, called chicken halibut, weigh up to 2kg/4½lb and can be bought whole.


Halibut tends to lose its texture when frozen.


Halibut is probably best prepared with plenty of liquid: pan fry it in melted butter and olive oil and baste regularly, or poach it in liquid to keep it moist. It needs to be cooked until the flesh has turned opaque and is just starting to flake.