Makes 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme
  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • ½ tsp sweet paprika
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • ½ tsp fennel seeds, crushed
  • 4 6-ounce halibut fillets
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 tsp butter

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F
  2. Mix first 7 ingredients in small bowl
  3. place fillets on baking sheet
  4. Brush on both sides with 1 tbsp oil
  5. Sprinkle top of each with seasoning

Directions

  1. Heat heavy large skillet (preferably cast-iron) over high heat until very hot
  2. Add remaining 1 tbsp oil; swirl to coat
  3. Place filets, seasoned side down, in skillet
  4. Cook until very brown on bottom, 1 minute
  5. Return fillets, browned side up, to baking sheet
  6. Place in oven; bake until just opaque in center, about 8 minutes
  7. Top each with 1 tsp butter

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