Breakfast Recast: Halibut Steak and Eggs


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A No-Nonsense Morning Meal Featuring a Prized White Fish

A protein-packed combo of wild Pacific halibut steak and eggs will launch you into any day like a true Alaskan. 

This satisfying breakfast — or lunch, or dinner — is hearty like your traditional plate of steak and eggs, but chock full of clean, lean protein that won’t weigh you down. It’s a one-two punch that indulges any savory brunch-all-day cravings you might have. 

A meal of halibut steak and eggs also contains a modest amount of anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids, making this indulgence a heart-healthy treat. And between the halibut steak and eggs, you’re getting a well-rounded hit of B-complex vitamins to replenish your stores and keep you energized. 

Halibut Steak and Eggs Skillet

Taking our cues from a recipe we saw for flounder and eggs developed by Melissa Clark, we love the idea of baking halibut steak and eggs in a skillet for breakfast. It’s a one-pan meal that takes less than 10 minutes to make. 

To make a skillet of halibut steak and eggs, preheat an oven proof pan in a 400 degree oven. Meanwhile, season the steaks with salt and black pepper. If you like, you can sprinkle on za'atar to give the skillet some North African aromas, or add a pinch of ancho chili powder for some savory heat. Smoked paprika is nice, too, if you want to enhance the meaty flavor profile of the meal. Otherwise, keep it simple now and serve with a fresh salsa later.

Once everything has heated up, add plenty of butter to the pan — halibut steaks are incredibly lean, after all — then add the fish, tipping the pan so that you can spoon some of the melted butter over the top of the steak. This will help to protect the halibut from the dry heat of the oven.

Set your timer to 3 minutes and allow the first side of the steak to cook. 

Then, carefully slide the skillet out to flip the steak — please don’t forget that the handle will be hot! — and crack a couple of eggs alongside the fish, giving the eggs enough space to spread out and do their thing. Season the eggs with salt and pepper, then reset the timer to another 2 minutes for steaks that are less than an inch thick, or 3 minutes for thicker cuts. 

Check on the doneness of the halibut steak after the timer goes off; if it flakes easily with a fork, it’s ready to go. Otherwise, let it cook for a minute longer. If the halibut steak is finished but the eggs are still not quite set as much as you’d like, simply use a fish spatula to move the steak to a plate and allow the eggs to cook to desired doneness. 

Move everything to a plate to enjoy immediately. Or, if you want to be cute you can arrange the halibut steak and eggs in a cool (not hot!) cast iron skillet for a rustic presentation.

Notes on Timing Your Halibut Steak and Eggs

Just for reference, baked eggs cracked into a preheated pan will need about 2 minutes to cook up runny, 3 minutes to be on the medium side, and 4 minutes to be almost completely set. You may have to adjust the timing of when you’re adding your eggs to the pan accordingly, depending on how runny you like your yolks and how thick your steaks are. 

Once you get a sense for how hot your oven runs and get better at eyeballing how long different cuts of halibut steak will need, you’ll be able to seamlessly coordinate when the eggs need to hit the pan so that everything finishes cooking in unison. Nailing the timing is a small victory, and simply one more reason why a plate of halibut steak and eggs will have you starting out your day strong. 

Alternative Halibut Steak and Eggs Breakfast

For days when you want to change things up, try pan-searing your halibut steaks to serve alongside soft boiled eggs. It’s not a one-pan meal, but the extra effort gives you a mix of textures in under 10 minutes. Check out our post on how to pan-sear halibut steaks to perfection. 

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