Crusty Butt (Thyme-Sesame Crusted Halibut)

On Saturday night, I really wanted to make a nice romantic dinner for Michael.  My original plan was to buy fresh salmon and then make a marinade consisting of fresh garlic, soy sauce, and honey.

Unfortunately by the time I made it to Clean Catch Fish Market, they were totally out of salmon but suggested the halibut instead.  Even though I was really disappointed and had my heart set on salmon, I figured that I’d just go with it.

When I got home, I searched online for some appealing halibut recipes and found one for Thyme-Sesame Crusted Halibut that sounded really good.

For some reason, Michael kept referring to the recipe as “crusty butt”, so I was a little nervous about what he’d think of the meal.

No wife wants to serve her husband something that reminds him of crusty butt.


However, I’m pleased to say that dinner was a complete success!  In Michael’s own words, “This is so much better than crusty butt!  I’ll eat halibut any time!”


Part of the reason why I love salmon so much is because it gives me a nice boost of Omega-3s.  This is particularly important to me during this time of year when my skin tends to get a bit dry.

Naturally, I was pretty excited when I discovered that halibut is not only rich in Omega-3s, but it contains protein, selenium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and B vitamins.

Plus, it doesn’t taste as fishy as salmon. As much as I love salmon, sometimes the fishy factor is a little overpowering.

Have you ever tried halibut?  Do you have any recipes to share?

Have a great day!




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  1. That looks delicious! Yum!

  2. Crusty Butt – love it – leave it to the men in our lives to make life more interesting as well as have us worrying about a nice home cooked meal. I love Halibut and another favorite is Orange Ruffy – YUM:) Add a nut/seed/herb crust (crusty butt) and you have a healthy meal with all the good fat, minerals and vitamins you need for a balanced diet.

  3. I love halibut and all “meaty” fish. I had coconut crusted halibut in Alaska and it was amazing!

    • thegrassskirt

      Coconut crusted?! I absolutely need to make something like that soon. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  4. Looks amazing!! I like both kinds of fish, but Salmon is for sure my favorite.

  5. I don’t eat seafood, but crusty butt made me crack up! 🙂

    • thegrassskirt

      Michael sure does come up with some doozies, that’s for sure. 🙂

  6. That fish looks beautiful. Yummmmm!

  7. I have never used halibut. I rarely try anything but salmon, although I have liked catfish and snapper before. The clean fish market sounds awesome! I wish I had a pace like that around here!

    • thegrassskirt

      The fish market is really good. We couldn’t get over how much better the fish tastes from there because it is so fresh. I hope that a place like that open up near you. You’ll love it!

  8. I honestly don’t know if I’ve ever had halibut. Is it a flaky fish? I had grouper once and wasn’t a fan because it was almost like a pork chop. I like flaky fish, which is why I love salmon and sea bass. It’s good to try new things and now you have a new fish to turn to when you want something other than salmon 🙂

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