Easy Halibut Cheeks Recipe

Servings: 3 Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 10 minutes

Halibut cheeks are very special pieces of fish that don't need much to shine! This great recipe uses only a few simple ingredients to highlight the flavor of the fish without overpowering it. The way the garlic and thyme-infused butter melts into the tender pieces of fish is absolutely delicious. It's the only halibut cheek recipe you'll ever need!

Ingredients: – halibut cheeks – salt and pepper – butter – garlic – fresh thyme – flaked sea salt (optional, for serving)

Pat the cheeks dry with paper towels and season with sea salt 30 minutes before cooking and let rest at room temperature.

Pat the fish dry again with a paper towel and season with black pepper.

Heat a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Melt butter and add garlic cloves and thyme sprigs. Let the thyme and garlic flavor the butter for 1 minute.

Place cheeks in a single layer in the hot pan with bubbly butter and cook for 1-2 minutes. Tilt the pan slightly so you can scoop up the butter with a spoon and baste the fish while it's cooking.

Flip and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes. Continuously baste the halibut cheeks with the hot butter until the internal temperature reaches 135°F and the outsides are golden brown.

Transfer cheeks to a plate and let rest for 3-4 minutes before serving. Drizzle with hot butter from the pan and sprinkle with flaked sea salt, if desired. Enjoy!