Oven-Roasted Halibut with Cherry Tomatoes and Thyme

Halibut is a meaty yet light fish, and the brightness of the tomatoes pairs beautifully with the fresh thyme. The herb butter helps the flavor of the herb really shine through.–Karen Bussen

Oven-Roasted Halibut with Cherry Tomatoes and Thyme Recipe

  • Quick Glance
  • 30 M
  • 50 M
  • Serves 6


  • 6 tablespoons butter, at room temperature, plus 2 tablespoons for sauteing
  • 12 sprigs thyme, plus 1 tablespoon chopped
  • 1 large savoy cabbage (about 2 pounds), finely shredded
  • 1 bunch scallions, thinly sliced
  • 6 halibut fillets, about 5 ounces each
  • Salt and pepper
  • Juice of 2 lemons (1/4 cup)
  • 1/2 cup Sauvignon Blanc, or other dry white wine
  • 1/2 pint cherry tomatoes, sliced in half


  • 1. In a small bowl, combine the butter and the chopped thyme, mixing to incorporate the herbs. If you like, spoon the herb butter into the center of a piece of parchment or wax paper and roll it into a log shape. Chill the butter for at least an hour for easy slicing. If you don’t want to make the butter log, just chill the butter in a bowl covered with plastic (it won’t look as good, but the butter is going to melt in the oven anyway).
  • 2. Preheat the oven to 425°F (220°C).
  • 3. Melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of the butter in a large pan, and saute the cabbage and scallions over medium heat until tender, about 6 minutes. Portion the cooked cabbage into 6 equal piles in a casserole dish.
  • 4. Place a halibut fillet on each pile of cabbage, season with salt and pepper, and drizzle with lemon juice and white wine. Cut the prepared herb butter into 6 equal-sized pats, and place one on top of each fillet. Scatter halved tomatoes evenly around the fillets. Top each piece of halibut with 2 sprigs of thyme. Cover the casserole with foil and bake for 20 minutes.
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