Halibut with Creamy Saffron Sauce

This is a delicious way to prepare halibut, and it’s an especially nice dish to make for a dinner with friends or family. Serve it with rice, boiled new potatoes, or spinach.

Serves: 6Hands-on: 15 minutesTotal: 15 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 6


  • 2 tsp. canola oil
  • 6 halibut fillets (6 oz. each)
  • 1⁄2 tsp. salt, divided
  • 1⁄2 tsp. ground black pepper, divided
  • 1⁄4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 large clove garlic, minced
  • 3 Tbsp. butter
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 tsp. saffron


  • Preheat broiler. Brush the rack of a broiler pan with oil.
  • Rinse fish fillets and pat dry. Sprinkle halibut all over with 1⁄4 teaspoon salt and 1⁄4 teaspoon pepper. Combine melted butter with garlic in a small saucepan; cook over medium-low heat for about 1 minute to meld the flavors. Brush mixture over halibut. Place fish on the broiler rack.
  • Broil about 5 inches from the heat until fish flakes easily with a fork, about 5 minutes per side depending on thickness.
  • Meanwhile, melt 3 tablespoons butter in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir in cream, saffron, remaining 1⁄4 teaspoon salt and 1⁄4 teaspoon pepper. Simmer 10 minutes to reduce by 1⁄4.
  • Transfer fish to plates and top each serving with sauce.