Roasted Halibut Tail with Miso Chili Butter and Salsa

Halibut tails have a lot of meat, and depending on size, usually enough to feed four people. There is a big meaty bone running down the middle which releases juices as it cooks keeping the meat moist at the center, and the flesh is covered with skin, which helps prevent it from drying out while roasting.

  • Author: Edible San Francisco
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Main course
  • Method: Roasting
  • Cuisine: California



For the halibut

  • 1 halibut tail 2-4 pounds
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

For the miso butter

  • 4 tablespoons soft butter
  • 1 tablespoon miso
  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili flakes

For the salsa

  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped onion
  • 2 small cloves garlic (minced)
  • 3 large ripe tomatoes, chopped (we remove the seeds first)
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, finely diced
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons lime juice.


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F
  2. Oil a sheet pan with a tablespoon of olive oil and rub both sides of the tail with oil.
  3. Put the tail on the pan, white side up, and roast in the oven for 20-30 minutes.
  4. While the tail is roasting, make the miso butter and the salsa.
  5. For the miso butter, put all the ingredients in a bowl and stir together until combined.
  6. For the salsa, put all the ingredients together in a bowl and season with the salt.
  7. Insert an instant-read thermometer in through the cut end of the tail about one-half inch from the bone. When it reads an internal temperature between 130 and 135° F (55 to 57 C)  {however, the USDA recommendation is to aim for 145°F (63 C)} remove the tail from the oven and place it on a serving platter.
  8. Carefully peel away the top layer of white skin. It should come off very easily. No need to remove the bottom skin.
  9. Spread the miso butter all over the flesh of the halibut. It will start to melt, but that’s ok because it’s going to mingle with the juices from the tomato salsa to make a delicious sauce.
  10. Spoon the tomato salsa and all its juices over the top of the halibut.
  11. Garnish with cilantro blossoms (optional) and serve, spooning the combined juices of the butter and salsa over the top.
  12. Bon appetit!


Keywords: halibut, fish for dinner