Halibut cheeks

Grilled Halibut Cheek Pouches

  • Author: Loreto
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: serves 4 1x
  • Category: Fish
  • Method: Grilling
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean


Grilled Halibut Cheek Pouches, redefine how fish can be so moist, flaky and succulent. By creating a cooked marinade and placing it on the plump halibut cheeks in a tight aluminum foil steaming pouch, and cooking it on a nice hot grill, we get elevated flavor upon flavor for a beautiful outdoor rustic meal. Add in a pouch of herbed potatoes and your dish is complete!


  • Halibut cheeks
  • 2 Tbsp e.v.o. oil
  • Zest of one lemon
  • The juice of one lemon
  • 1 tablespoon of salt-packed capers rinsed
  • 1 cup chopped red onion
  • 2 cloves garlic thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp fennel top chopped fine
  • salt and pepper for seasoning the cheeks
  • A glass of white wine


  1. Wash and pat dry Halibut cheeks. Season with salt and pepper both sides.
  2. In a saute pan bring oil and butter to a medium heat. Toss in garlic and let saute for about one minute, then throw in onions. Cook for about 10 minutes, add capers, chopped fennel.
  3. Now for the fun part, a splash of white wine, some for me and some for the sauce, yum it is so good, that the wine you see we make it home brewed. Just a few minutes to get all the flavors mingling well and a final seasoning of salt and pepper and the sauce is done.
  4. Cut foil paper into 10-inch by 5-inch rectangles. Place 4 of the Halibut cheeks onto the foil, spoon sauce on top and close pouch tight.
  5. Place on a preheated grill of 350 degrees F and cook about 5 minutes a side.
  6. While grilled pouches are working their magic I washed and cut up some potatoes, seasoned with paprika, salt and pepper, olive oil, garlic, and rosemary. I place it on the barbecue prior to the Halibut cheeks as the potatoes need some time, approximately 25 minutes.
  7. Take everything off the grill and it is ready to serve.



  1. I did not list the time for the potatoes but if you put them on the heated grill about 15 minutes prior to the fish it will all be ready together.
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