How To Make Dukkah-Crusted Halibut

The Egyptian spice blend your pantry is begging for

The second we tasted our recipe for dukkah, the Egyptian nut and spice blend (see the recipe), we knew warm Israeli couscous and tender halibut would highlight its flavors. The flaky white fish is enhanced by a crust of the fragrant spice blend, pairing perfectly with the bright vegetable-packed couscous salad. It's light while still comforting, and extremely addictive.

When broiling a flaky fish like halibut, make sure it doesn't stick to the baking sheet or the fillet will fall apart. By spreading dukkah on the bottom of each fillet in addition to the top crust, it does not only season the fish but creates a layer to prevent the fish from sticking.

To learn more, read "Your Pantry's New Best Friend: Dukkah."

Recipe from the Tasting Table Test Kitchen

Dukkah-Crusted Halibut With Warm Israeli Couscous
5 from 44 ratings
Meet dukkah, the spice blend that takes this halibut dish to the next level.
Prep Time
Cook Time
Total time: 40 minutes
  • For the Couscous Salad
  • 1 medium zucchini, cut into ½-inch pieces
  • 1 small eggplant, cut into ½-inch pieces
  • 1 red bell pepper—stemmed, seeded and cut into ½-inch pieces
  • 1 small serrano pepper—stemmed, seeded and minced
  • ½ cup olive oil, divided
  • 1 teaspoon thyme leaves
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • 3½ cups water
  • 2 cups Israeli couscous
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • ¼ cup chopped parsley
  • 2 tablespoons chopped chives
  • 3 garlic cloves, mashed into a paste
  • For the Halibut
  • Four 6-to-8-ounce halibut filletsKosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil½ cup dukkah
  • Chopped parsley, for garnish
  • Chopped chives, for garnish
  1. Make the couscous salad: Preheat the oven to 450º. In a large bowl, toss together the zucchini, eggplant, bell pepper and serrano with ¼ cup of the olive oil and the thyme leaves, then season with salt. Spread on a baking sheet in a single layer and roast until golden brown and tender, 15 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl.
  2. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, combine the water and Israeli couscous, then season lightly with salt. Bring to a simmer, then cook, covered, until the couscous is tender and the water is absorbed, 15 minutes. Transfer to the bowl with the vegetables and add the remaining olive oil, lemon juice, parsley, chives and garlic paste. Season with salt and toss to coat. Keep warm.
  3. Make the halibut: Turn on the broiler and place the rack in the center of the oven. Pat the halibut fillets dry with paper towels and season with salt and pepper, then rub 1 tablespoon of olive oil on each fillet. Drop 1 tablespoon of the dukkah spice blend for each fillet 2 inches apart on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Spread out the mix so it's about as big as each fillet. Lay the fillets over the spice mix and rub 2 more tablespoons of the spice mix on top of each fillet.
  4. Place the baking sheet in the oven and broil until the crust is golden and the fish is fully cooked, 5 to 7 minutes.
  5. Divide the couscous salad between plates and top each with a halibut fillet. Garnish with chopped parsley and chives, then serve.
Calories per Serving 1,143
Total Fat 36.8 g
Saturated Fat 6.9 g
Trans Fat 0.0 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Total Carbohydrates 206.9 g
Dietary Fiber 59.9 g
Total Sugars 8.1 g
Sodium 1,713.1 mg
Protein 35.1 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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