Blackened Halibut Bowl

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Although I grew up in Alaska where seafood is readily available, halibut was always a little harder to come by. It is ALWAYS a treat. My parents are good enough to send me several filets a year and I am so grateful for that. This Blackened Halibut Bowl is one of the recipes I love to use the halibut in. We love a little spice in our house, so that is a no brainer. I also try to be mindful to get in our whole grains and veggies. This has a base of cilantro lime brown rice and tons of veggies.

Cilantro lime rice

So, start with the rice as it will take the longest to cook. I used a homemade veggie stock for the liquid. I will include that recipe below. Heat this in a medium sized pan.

pouring vegetable stock from a mason jar into a stainless steel pan, preparing the rice for a blackened halibut bowl

I love using lime zest in the stock as it gives it so much flavor. Bring it all to a boil and add rice. Reduce heat, cover and allow to simmer until all liquid is absorbed.

grated lime zest into vegetable stock in a stainless steel pan on gas cooktop

Veggies for bowl

While your rice is cooking, start on the rest of your bowl. I love a lime marinated cabbage mix. The recipe is below as well. Chop you cabbage fairly fine. I generally use a green and purple cabbage, but use whatever you have on hand or prefer.

Slice it as thinly as your able, for me it wasn’t too thin.

woman cutting purple cabbage with chef's knife on wooden cutting board

Squeeze lime juice over the cabbage. Add in chopped cilantro and set aside to marinate while you finish the bowl.

woman squeezing juice from lime into shredded purple cabbage

Blackened spice

Next, prepare the blackening seasoning. This recipe is also below. It is a simple mix of dry spices. You can always buy a spice mix, but I promise this is so easy, you don’t need to.

woman pouring garlic powder into small bowl with various dried spice containers on the counter top

Cooking the halibut

Next, cut your halibut into even chunks. We were serving the 4 of us, so I cut it into 4 sections.

woman cutting halibut on wooden cutting board with a chef's knife, preparing the halibut for blackened halibut bowl

Sprinkle liberally with blacken seasoning. I like to do top, bottom and even get a bit on the sides. If you don’t like things very spicy, just sprinkle the top. Place in the oven for a quick broil. Now, remember fish cooks really fast! You don’t want to over do it. I see a lot of people really excited about their flaky fish, but quite often it is really over baked. So be mindful when you are broiling. It goes fast.

woman sprinkling blackened seasoning from small bowl on to halibut chunks. Halibut chunks on parchment lined baking sheet

By this time, your rice should be done. I fluff it and test taste. Add in lime juice, and any salt and pepper you will need. Last is the cilantro. You can either chop it up or cut it with scissors like I did into the rice. Mix and fluff.

woman cutting up cilantro with scissors over stainless steel pan with cilantro lime rice

Assembling the blackened halibut bowl

Last is the assembly. I used the cilantro rice, black beans, slice bell pepper, tomatoes, marinated cabbage and the halibut.

blackened halibut bowl with cabbage , rice, tomatoes and bell peppers. All in a ceramic bowl

This is a great meal for meal prep as everything can be made in advance.

blackened halibut bowl in a ceramic bowl filled with cabbage, tomatoes and black beans

I do NOT recommend reheating the halibut though. It just is not the same and always gets dried out.

Need some other ideas for simple bowls to make? Check this link and you will find many others!

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Cilantro Lime Brown Rice

This cilantro brown rice is the perfect accompaniment to any Mexican inspired dish.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword brown rice recipe, cilantro lime brown rice, healthy brown rice recipe, healthy mexican side dishes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Amy- A Red Spatula


  • 3 cups vegetable or chicken stock you can even use water, but the stock is a much better flavor!
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 1/4 cup long grain brown rice
  • 1 tablespoon lime zest
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Heat stock in medium size stock pan over high heat until boiling.
    Add in rice, garlic and lime zest. Cover the pan, and turn heat to low. Allow the rice to simmer for about 25-30 minutes. Once all the liquid is absorbed, turn off heat and allow the rice to sit for about 5 minutes. Remove lid, add in lime juice and cilantro. Add in addition salt and pepper as needed.
    Fluff rice with a fork.
    This is best served right away, but can also be reheated easily. Simply add it to a microwaveable dish with a little water. Cover with a microwave safe plate and heat for 45 seconds to 1 minutes. Fluff and serve.
    Now, sit back and enjoy. You deserve it!
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Lime and Cilantro Marinated Cabbage

This cabbage always makes an appearance in our Mexican inspired dishes. It is simple to throw together, healthy and delicious!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword cabbage recipes, healthy cabbage recipes, lime cilantro marinated cabbage, marinated cabbage
Prep Time 15 minutes
marinating time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Amy- A Red Spatula


  • 4 cups thinly sliced cabbage
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced red onions
  • 1/4-1/2 cup fresh squeezed lime juice This variable will depend on how well you like lime.
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup jalapenos optional, if you want a little spice


  • Combine all ingredients, starting with 1/4 cup lime juice. Taste. If you want more lime juice, salt or pepper, add more.
    Set aside and allow it to marinade at least 5 minutes, up to 5 hours.
    Set with your favorite Mexican inspired dishes!
    Now, sit back and enjoy. You deserve it!
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5 from 1 vote

Blackened Halibut

This simple, healthy recipe for halibut is a family favorite. It is spicy and perfect for any meal or salad!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword blackened halibut, blackened halibut recipe, halibut bowl, healthy dinner ideas, healthy halibut recipe, meal prep ideas
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Amy- A Red Spatula


  • 1 halibut filet Choose one large enough for the number of people you are planning on feeding, or the number of meals you are making.
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 2-4 teaspoons cayenne pepper This variable will depend on how spicy you like it.
  • 2 teaspoons ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
    Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
    Place halibut pieces on the baking sheet.
    Now, in small bowl combine all spices.
    Sprinkle each piece of halibut liberally with blackened seasoning. I like to do both sides, but that will be up to you.
    Now, drizzle all the pieces with the olive oil.
    Place in oven and bake for 5-10 minutes, depending on thickness of the halibut.
    This is best served immediately or right after it cools.
    Now, sit back and enjoy. You deserve it.

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  1. Brooke | 9th Jun 20

    5 stars
    Beautifully Done Amy!!!

    • admin | 10th Jun 20

      Thank you so much Brooke!

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