Spanish Halibut with Garlic-Shrimp Sauce

Lunch / Dinner

Spanish Halibut with Garlic-Shrimp Sauce

Dress up your weeknight — or effortlessly impress guests — with this menu inspired by a classic Spanish appetizer.

Popular in restaurants and bars throughout Spain, tapas [TAH-pahs] are appetizers usually served with sherry or cocktails. They range from simple to elaborate, and these days can be an entire meal. One favorite plate is shrimp in garlic sauce, which was the inspiration for this recipe. Seared halibut fillets give the dish a seaside feel, and a side of sautéed kale bursts with color and flavor. All that’s missing is a hunk of bread to soak up the garlicky sauce.

The sauce takes hardly any time, so get started on the greens while the fillets sear. Watch the shrimp — they cook quick, especially when halved. If they overcook they’ll be rubbery.


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A fortified wine originally made in southern Spain, sherry is now made around the world. Dry sherries are used to cook with and can also be served chilled as an apéritif.

Fresh halibut is usually available year-round, but if you can’t find it, substitute frozen or another fish variety like grouper or red snapper.


Sear halibut in 2 Tbsp. oil in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until cooked through, about 5 minutes per side. Transfer halibut to a plate and tent with foil to keep warm.

Add garlic, pepper flakes, and remaining 3 Tbsp. oil to same skillet and sauté until fragrant, 1 minute.

Stir in shrimp and cook until firm and pink, about 2 minutes. Deglaze skillet with sherry and lemon juice and simmer briefly to reduce, 2 minutes. Stir in parsley and season with salt.

To serve, top halibut with shrimp and sauce.


Halve the shrimp lengthwise. They’ll curl when cooked for bite-sized pieces that look great on the plate.


Add the shrimp to the hot garlic oil. As it cooks, watch the garlic. If it gets too brown, it will taste bitter.


Deglaze the skillet with sherry and lemon juice, incorporating browned bits from the fish into the sauce.

Nutritional Facts

Nutritional Facts

Per serving

Calories: 371

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 20g 30%

Saturated Fat 3g 15%

Cholesterol 189mg 63%

Sodium 636mg 26%

Carbs 2g 0%

Fiber 0g 0%

Protein 40g

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

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