Garlic & Herb Halibut with Scallions + Land O’Lakes Giveaway

Garlic & Herb Halibut with Scallions | Kitchen Confidante

I haven’t been feeling myself lately. In the last two days, I have spent more time seated or in bed than is typically normal, at least for me. And while I am dealing with a little bug, I have to admit, it’s kind of nice. I have given myself permission to let the laundry pile up, to stay home from the gym, to have more cuddles with the kids, to sleep in longer, and to go to bed at a decent hour. Meals don’t have to be fancy schmancy, and grilled ham and cheese is fine for lunch and dinner.

But we had some beautiful halibut that my husband brought home from our favorite market, and I knew I had to cook it while it was fresh. It was the perfect time to test out a new product from my friends at Land O’Lakes – their seasoned olive oil and butter starters called Sauté Express.

Garlic & Herb Halibut with Scallions | Kitchen Confidante | In Pan

Essentially, it’s a compound butter. I love customizing my own compound butters, and especially love using it with seafood. I tried their Garlic & Herb variety to make a quick lunch: Garlic & Herb Halibut with Scallions, and I will admit, I was pretty pleased. 10 minutes and a meal was ready to go? That set well with me, given how my energy level for cooking was low. I can see how these seasoned butters will be handy when I’m pinched for time.

If you remember the last time I participated in Land O’Lakes’ Kitchen Conversations, not only did I get to participate in a webinar with Ree Drummond, but there was a lovely giveaway for you. This time, the webinar was cohosted with some of my friends in blog land, and yes, there is an absolutely fantastic giveaway. See the details below! I’ll be crossing my fingers for you!

Garlic & Herb Halibut with Scallions | Kitchen Confidante | Fillet


I would love for you to win this wonderful Land O’Lakes  “Kitchen Conversation” gift package, which includes: one full-value coupon for any Land O Lakes® Butter Half Sticks, one full-value coupon for Sauté Express® Sauté Starter, serving bowl, half stick butter dish, measuring spoons, all from Anthropologie, and a Le Creuset cast iron skillet.

This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Rachel for winning the Kitchen Conversations gift package!!
Ready to enter? Here’s how:

  • Please leave a comment below and feel free to share: What are you favorite flavored butters?
  • Entries/Comments accepted until 10 pm Pacific, Monday, 1 April, 2013.
  • One winner will be randomly selected and notified by email.
  • This contest is open to US residents only, my apologies to my international friends!

Disclosure: The author received a gift package from Land O’Lakes, including Land O’Lakes Butter and Land O’Lakes Saute Express, one Le Creuset cast iron skillet, and serving bowl, half stick butter dish, and measuring spoons, all from Anthropologie for recipe development and review purposes. Land O’Lakes will be providing the same package to the giveaway winner. All opinions are my own.

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Garlic & Herb Halibut with Scallions

Yield: Serves 4.

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

If you don't have the time to make your own compound butters, definitely give Land O'Lakes Sauté Express a try in this easy recipe.


4 4-ounce halibut fillets
1 Land O Lakes ® Garlic & Herb Sauté Express® Sauté Starter square
3 scallions, trimmed and sliced in thirds
Kosher Salt
lemon, for garnish


Melt the Land O Lakes ® Garlic & Herb Sauté Express® Sauté Starter square in a skillet over medium heat. Add the halibut, seasoning lightly with salt. Cook for about 5 minutes, then flip. Add the scallions and season again with a pinch of salt. Let the fish cook for another 2-5 minutes, depending on the thickness of the fillet (a general rule is 10 minutes per inch). Serve immediately, with a squeeze of lemon, if desired.

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by Liren Baker on March 27, 2013

69 Responses to “Garlic & Herb Halibut with Scallions + Land O’Lakes Giveaway”

  1. Brian March 27, 2013 @ 5:56 am (#

    Oh, I’m dealing with some weird cough thing right now and I never get sick so I’m kind of in denial… and I probably haven’t rested as much as I should. I hope you get over this bug soon. It’s never fun being sick (though it is nice to get away from all the day to day chores).

    I’m loving this halibut recipe. I just made a dish this weekend that reminded me how much I love that fish. Yours is totally drool-worthy.

    Oh yes… and the giveaway. Favorite flavored butter? I’m not sure i have one. I like mine with just a hint of salt. Oh, and sometimes honey is nice mixed in. Ok… yeah. That’s my pick. :-)

  2. Kelly D March 27, 2013 @ 6:41 am (#

    I really enjoy cinnamon flavored butter on toast or a bagel.
    Thank you!

  3. Marnely Rodriguez-Murray March 27, 2013 @ 6:43 am (#

    I love any butter flavored with raw honey for my biscuits!

  4. Molly B. March 27, 2013 @ 6:48 am (#

    Maple Butter for sure!

  5. rachel March 27, 2013 @ 7:06 am (#

    Cinnamon and sugar for me!!

  6. Becca Heflin March 27, 2013 @ 7:54 am (#

    I’m loving that fish recipe of yours, Liren! BEAUTIFUL!
    My favorite flavored butter is probably lemon with dill, but I’m a sucker for cinnamon butter on an english muffin :)

  7. karissa March 27, 2013 @ 8:05 am (#

    i feel like this post was kind of a big sell out. everything you post is real, homemade & i would serve it to my children. certainly not a premix spice packet to mix with butter :(

    • Liren replied: — March 27th, 2013 @ 10:04 am

      Hi Karissa,

      While I do appreciate that you understand my value for all things home made and from scratch, I was hurt to see that you considered this post a sell out. The truth is, I have been quite sick this week, and as you probably have experienced, when you’re not well, it can be hard to cook for the family. I do not shy away from products of convenience when this is the case, and contrary to what you think, the product is not a spice packet, but an actual compound butter made with real ingredients, much like you would make if from scratch.

      This blog post is still genuine in sharing the food that I *did* eat and that my family shared.

      I am selective with the brands I share here. I have been approached by companies over the last several years that I have chosen not to partner with; in some cases their food does not fit in well with what I serve to my own family or is something I simply would not use. That is not the case with Land O’Lakes, and the Sauté Express was a timesaver, which I appreciated, particularly this week.


  8. Daina B. March 27, 2013 @ 8:05 am (#

    My favorite flavored butter is with olive oil and garlic. This recipe looks great – can’t wait to try!

  9. Carly March 27, 2013 @ 8:32 am (#

    I have never tried flavored butter but I am hoping I will get to soon!!

  10. Marcie @ Flavor the Moments March 27, 2013 @ 8:36 am (#

    I’ve only tried flavored butter with garlic. Your fish looks so fresh and amazing. I’d love that for dinner!

  11. Natalie S March 27, 2013 @ 8:40 am (#

    I love honey cinnamon butter on warm bread!

  12. Kristina M March 27, 2013 @ 8:42 am (#

    my favorite flavored butter is definitely lavender butter. i love to have it with a simple english muffin :)

  13. Sharon March 27, 2013 @ 8:46 am (#

    I love garlic flavored butter the most.

  14. Kim March 27, 2013 @ 9:01 am (#

    cinnamon butter is my fav!!

  15. Laura (Tutti Dolci) March 27, 2013 @ 9:24 am (#

    I love herb butters! Your halibut looks scrumptious, the lemon garnish is perfect!

  16. erin March 27, 2013 @ 9:30 am (#

    i’m definitely going to have to agree with herb&garlic

  17. Lawyer Loves Lunch March 27, 2013 @ 9:39 am (#

    We make a delicious curried butter to have on hand for quick meals and it’s true, compound butters are lifesavers!

    PS: I love the gorgeous orange rim on the bowl :)

  18. Amy L March 27, 2013 @ 9:58 am (#

    I like butter flavored with honey and orange pell. It’s yummy on muffins and toast.

  19. Brandy March 27, 2013 @ 10:00 am (#

    Chive butter is my favorite.

  20. Ally March 27, 2013 @ 10:09 am (#

    Hmmm, garlic butter…oh! And TRUFFLE butter!

  21. Carol | a cup of mascarpone March 27, 2013 @ 10:09 am (#

    Garlic butter for me…your halibut is gorgeous, Liren!

  22. MaryB March 27, 2013 @ 10:42 am (#

    Love flavored butters! Garlic and honey are two of our favorite flavors.

  23. Amanda Jasinski March 27, 2013 @ 10:44 am (#

    I love chive butter!

  24. Jenny J March 27, 2013 @ 12:53 pm (#

    I love chive butter also! But I also really like a blue cheese butter… especially with steak! Mmmm.

  25. Jillian March 27, 2013 @ 1:32 pm (#

    I love cinnamon butter!! and garlic butter- yuummmmm! Love the idea of a prepared compound butter – really makes things fast in the kitchen – that fish looks delish!

  26. Becky March 27, 2013 @ 2:14 pm (#

    Hope you get to feeling better! Sometimes we just need a few weeks of a simpler life to get re-energized and restored :)

  27. Corisa March 27, 2013 @ 2:17 pm (#

    If you ever heard of the texas roadhouse ! I’m talking about their butta !

  28. Elisa B. March 27, 2013 @ 2:25 pm (#

    Garlic or cinnamon are always a treat. :)

  29. Lizbeth March 27, 2013 @ 2:56 pm (#

    How did you know that I’m trying to decide how to cook halibut? I’m going to try this. I usually make herbed butters with dill and garlic!

  30. Sarah L March 27, 2013 @ 3:28 pm (#

    I have never tried a flavored butter. The cinnamon butter that a few other people mentioned sounds yummy.

  31. Cookin Canuck March 27, 2013 @ 4:23 pm (#

    I’m sorry that you’ve been under the weather, but it sounds as though it gave you some welcome chill-out time. What a gorgeous dish this is!

  32. Erika March 27, 2013 @ 9:11 pm (#

    I typically cook with olive oil but butter does provide a wonderful richness. I love a good browned butter or butter flavored whipped with honey.

  33. Jennifer s March 27, 2013 @ 9:25 pm (#

    Garlic butter for sure, and honey butter too, yum. The halibut looks lovely, hope you are feeling better!

  34. Margot C March 28, 2013 @ 12:31 am (#

    I like to make a compound butter and freeze it comprised of fresh herbs (parsley, rosemary, thyme) finely diced scallions and (of course!!!) unsalted butter. I can then just cut off hunks and cook with ’em.

  35. Holly March 28, 2013 @ 12:36 am (#

    I had the most delicious halibut served with truffle butter at David Burke’s restaurant in Las Vegas, but at home I usually go for garlic butter with olive oil, parmesan and parsley. I also love honey butter on cornbread.

  36. dixya@food, pleasure, and health March 28, 2013 @ 9:38 am (#

    I hope you feel better friend. Compound butter can be lifesaving and totally worth it :)

  37. Mary March 28, 2013 @ 1:38 pm (#

    I love ALL butters!! What’s not to love?

  38. Elena March 28, 2013 @ 6:18 pm (#

    My favorite compound butter is a mix of butter, prepared mustard, shallot, parsley, a pinch of minced garlic,and freshly-ground pepper. Absolutely fantastic on roasted vegetables.

  39. Laura C March 29, 2013 @ 10:58 am (#

    I love roasted garlic butter with herbs! Roasting the garlic mellows out the bite and turns golden and creamy.

  40. Debb March 30, 2013 @ 10:49 am (#

    Hi Liren! I’m having a very lucky weekend so far. Just sat down to search out a recipe for some large trout I was given – lo and behold – a fish recipe! Always right on time! For flavored butters I like herb combined with citrus, like orange/rosemary, or lime/cilantro. But believe me, I’ve never turned down a honey butter to spread onto quickbread or biscuits, ever! Thanks for the tip about the packaged starters. My mom loves great food and is currently battling cancer. I appreciate having something to cut down on some time while cooking for two households! Just the kind of flavors she likes. Hope she likes the trout too,

  41. Deb March 30, 2013 @ 4:35 pm (#

    My favorite compound butter is with aromatic with fresh herbs. Parsley and dill are divine with grilled salmon!

  42. Anne March 30, 2013 @ 7:13 pm (#

    I’m trying to incorporate more fish into my diet and this recipe sounds tasty AND easy. I think my favorite compound butter is a maple butter (does that count?) that I make to go with blueberry muffins. Yum!

  43. Rosemarie March 30, 2013 @ 7:14 pm (#

    Sweet – I Love Honey butter and Savory – I love fresh herbs like Thyme and Chives.

  44. Tara Eilers March 30, 2013 @ 8:05 pm (#

    I would love this, I also like cinnamon sugar butter, garlic butter too!

  45. Shelly March 30, 2013 @ 9:22 pm (#

    We make a Chinese Hot Mustard Butter for our sandwiches! It is oh so good!!!

  46. Denise March 30, 2013 @ 10:49 pm (#

    This recipe looks great!

    And my favorite flavored butter is garlic & herb.

  47. Tim L March 31, 2013 @ 12:08 am (#

    I love any butter with garlic and herbs!

  48. GS test March 31, 2013 @ 8:26 am (#

    Garlic & Herb Halibut with Scallions | Kitchen Confidante

  49. Roxie Harwell March 31, 2013 @ 12:37 pm (#

    Butter……butter!! I love it plain, I love it with some rosemary on top of rolls, I love it with lemon juice, and lemon pepper….lets put it this way…..there isn’t much that you can’t pair with it, that it doesn’t enhance the other!!!! Loooooove butter!

  50. Kristin March 31, 2013 @ 1:45 pm (#

    I love cinnamon butter but my all time favorite is orange butter!

  51. Carolyn G March 31, 2013 @ 2:13 pm (#

    I make a parsley, sage, rosemary and Thyme butter that is great for Thanksgiving. Yes, I used the Simon and Garfunkel song for inspiration

  52. Denise March 31, 2013 @ 4:43 pm (#

    my favorite would probably be garlic and dill!

  53. Aaron March 31, 2013 @ 5:20 pm (#

    Garlic butter is the absolute greatest thing I’ve ever cooked with.

  54. Khanh April 1, 2013 @ 8:10 am (#

    Lemon pepper butter is great, and it would work well on fish, too! Thanks for the opportunity!!!

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  56. Melissa Soto April 1, 2013 @ 10:22 am (#

    love the LOL Cinnamon butter, delicious on a roll fresh out of the oven. I wish LOL made a garlic flavored butter.

  57. Andrea April 1, 2013 @ 11:51 am (#

    I like parsley and garlic butter, so yummy and practical!

  58. manda April 1, 2013 @ 1:24 pm (#

    I like garlic butter.

  59. Thom April 1, 2013 @ 9:27 pm (#

    Parsley Butter

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