Smoked Halibut

Smoked Halibut

Halibut is a flaky, firm flesh white fish perfect for smoking. It has a dense, meaty texture, mild taste, and absorbs flavors well. This recipe uses a rosemary-lime marinade and fragrant apple, cherry, or hickory wood to infuse the fish with flavor. Although too tough to eat, consider leaving the skin on the halibut. Skin-on fillets are much easier to remove from the grill.
Servings 4
Prep Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes


  • Z Grills Pellet Smoker
  • Z Grills Wood Pellets
  • Butchers twine optional
  • Grill Mat
  • Probe Thermometer
  • Tongs or Metal Spatula


  • 2 pounds halibut fillets, preferably butterflied with skin on
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 2-3 sprigs of fresh rosemary
  • Lime wedges, for serving


  • Rinse the fish fillets under cool water and dry them with paper towels.
  • Whisk the oil, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, sugar, lime juice, and rosemary in a bowl. Transfer to a resealable bag with the halibut fillets.
  • Seal the bag, move the bag’s contents around to coat the fish with marinade, and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  • Preheat your Z Grills (preferably with branded apple, cherry, or hickory pellets) or other wood pellet grill to 250 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Remove the fish from the refrigerator and take it out of the marinade.
  • Pat the fish dry with paper towels. If using butterflied fillets, tie the tapered ends together with butcher’s twine.
  • Place the grill mat on the grates and transfer the fish to the grill mat. A grill mat is suggested since halibut tends to fall apart.
  • Close the lid and smoke for 45-60 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 145 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Remove the fish from the grill, plate, and serve with lime wedges.


As mentioned, skin-on butterflied fillets are easier to remove from the grill. They also present beautifully, but skinless is fine.
Calories: 270kcal
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Seafood, Smoked

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