Grilled Halibut with Fennel & Green Olive Tapenade

Grilled Halibut with Fennel & Green Olive Tapenade

Serving Size: Makes 2 servings

You can use any sturdy white fish for this recipe that takes well to the grill–talk to your fishmonger, as many thin white fish will crumble completely on the grill. If you can’t find lemon thyme, you can use regular, but you might want to reduce the amount, as regular thyme tends to be stronger.


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • zest of half a lemon
  • 1 garlic clove, minced or pushed through a press
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon thyme leaves (you can use regular)
  • 1 pound halibut, cut into two filets
  • 1/2 cup olive tapenade (recipe follows)


  1. Combine the olive oil, lemon juice, garlic and thyme in a Ziplock bag. Place the fish filets in the bag and swish around until covered in the marinade. Seal the bag and place in the fridge for 1 hour. (Do not marinate any longer or the fish will begin to cook in the lemon juice and become a ceviche.)
  2. Preheat the grill (indoor or outdoor) and brush it with olive oil. Remove the fish from the marinade and season with salt and pepper on both sides. When the grill is hot, place the fish flesh-side down. Cook until the fish is opaque halfway up the side, about 5 minutes, depending on the thickness of the filet. Carefully flip the fish and cook skin-side down until cooked through, about 4 more minutes.
  3. Remove the fish and top with the fennel and green olive tapenade. Serve immediately alongside grilled veggies.

Fennel & Green Olive Tapenade

Yield: Makes 1 cup

If you don’t have a food processor, simply finely chop the veggies by hand. If you can’t find lemon thyme, you can use regular, but you might want to reduce the amount. Regular thyme tends to be stronger.


  • 1 small fennel bulb, tough outer layer removed, roughly chopped
  • 1 large shallot, roughly chopped
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon thyme (regular thyme works too, see note)
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup green olives (kalamata or picholine)
  • 1/2 lime, juiced


  1. In a small food processor, pulse the fennel and shallot until finely chopped. Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil to a small non-stick skillet and place it over medium heat. Saute the shallot and fennel until tender but not mushy, about 5-8 minutes. Add the lemon thyme, red pepper flakes and salt, and saute for another minute, until fragrant. Meanwhile, pulse the olives until finely chopped. Add to the olives to the pan along with the additional olive oil and lime juice. Stir until incorporated, then remove from the heat. The tapenade can keep for up to 3 days in the fridge. Serve it on top of grilled fish, or as a spread for crackers or baguette.


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