Grilled Halibut with Sweet-Smoked Rub

Lunch / Dinner

Grilled Halibut with Sweet-Smoked Rub

Fish is great for weeknight dinners because it takes little time to prep and cooks quickly. It's especially great for summer because you can throw it on the grill and avoid heating up your kitchen.

Halibut is a mild-flavored, firm-fleshed fish that easily takes on the flavors in sauces and rubs like the sweet-and-smoky spices added here. Though halibut is preferred, any firm white fish works well. Just be sure to brush a clean grill grate with oil to prevent the fish from sticking.


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Test Kitchen Tip

As a general rule, fish should cook about 8 minutes for each inch of thickness. The short time on the grill brings out the smoky flavors of the rub.


Preheat grill or grill pan to medium-high. Brush grill grate with oil.

Combine brown sugar, paprika, coriander, and salt in a bowl.

Coat tops of fillets with the spice mixture. Spray each fillet with nonstick spray and place on grill, spiced side down. Grill fish, covered, until it flakes easily when tested with a fork, 45 minutes per side.

Top each fillet with zest.


Brown sugar and paprika give the fish a sweet and smoked flavor, while coriander adds some tang.


Place fillets spiced side down onto grill. The grill will enhance the sweet and smoky flavors.


To check for doneness, test halibut fillets with a fork on the grill. If they flake easily, they’re done.

Nutritional Facts

Nutritional Facts

Per serving

Calories: 201

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 3g 4%

Saturated Fat 1g 5%

Cholesterol 97mg 32%

Sodium 377mg 15%

Carbs 4g 1%

Fiber 1g 4%

Protein 37g

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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