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How To Perfectly Sear Fresh Fish

How To Perfectly Sear Fresh Fish
  • dinner
  • entrée
  • 4 servings
  • 15 minutes


  • 4 approx. 7 ounce fillets (1 1/2-2" thick) of Halibut, Salmon or Ahi Tuna
  • 4 tsp Salt, kosher
  • 1 tsp Pepper, black, fresh ground
  • 1/4 cup Canola oil

Cooking Directions:

  1. On stove top heat cast iron skillet with oil on medium high heat.
  2. Dry and then season fillets with salt and pepper.
  3. When the oil reaches smoke point (just a wisp of smoke in pan) add the seasoned fillets.
  4. Sear for 4 minutes a side (until the internal temperature reaches 140˚ for halibut, 130˚ for salmon and tuna, you can even go a little rarer on the tuna).
  5. Remove from skillet to a platter, cover with tented foil and rest about 5-7 minutes, and then serve.

Serve one half pound fillet per person.

Recipe by Chef Wayne Johnson of Eat Seattle.

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