I’ve always considered halibut to be a bit of a luxury and in our house it’s an ingredient that’s often accompanied by a mini celebration or “Happy Dance” if you will. Now, lucky for us and living on the West Coast, halibut season comes with a lot of happy dancing around the house.

You don’t need to do much to halibut for it to be amazing but I love treating it with this summer-herby, zesty-lemon, crispy panko crust to jazz it up and make it even more luxurious! It ends up with a crunchy exterior with a juicy, rich fish interior. (Also: don’t sleep on the lemon zest either – it adds another dimension of flavor here that makes this recipe everythinggg!)



  • 4 (6 ounce) halibut fillets
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 3/4 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1/3 cup chives, finely chopped (plus more for garnish)
  • 1/3 cup parsley, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup dill, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp melted butter
  • 1 tsp finely grated lemon zest
  • Salt* and pepper to taste (seasoning salt or sea salt, your preference!)


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Rinse halibut filets and pat dry with a paper towel. Place on the prepared baking sheet and brush each filet with about a 1/4 teaspoon of Dijon mustard and season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
  3. In a small microwavable bowl, melt 1 tbsp of butter. Once melted, add panko, herbs, salt, pepper and lemon zest and mix until well combined. Spoon the mixture on the fillets and press firmly into each fillet.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven for about 12 minutes until the panko is browned and halibut is cooked through and flakey. Top with fresh chives or parsley and enjoy!