Broiled Halibut (or Salmon) with Garlic and Tarragon – Healthy Option

The Backstory: Just about every restaurant, delicatessen, wedding reception, dinner party or holiday gathering seems to have a fish offering these days, and most times, it’s a plain salmon dish. Well, who can get excited about that? Not me! More of the Backstory after the recipe

Broiled Halibut (or Salmon) with Garlic and Tarragon

This delicious, light, and easy-to-prepare meal is packed with delicious flavors. The zesty marinade is a perfect balance to the hearty fish and the dish gets a final fresh note from sprinkle of fresh tarragon after broiling. This will easily become your go-to fish meal.
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 servings


  • 1 17g package GOOD SEASONS Zesty Italian Salad Dressing and Recipe Mix
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. fresh minced garlic
  • 1 1/4 lbs. raw boneless halibut or salmon filets (4 -5 oz. filets)
  • 2 tbsp. fresh tarragon, chopped or 2 tbsp. dried
  • 1 lemon, sliced


  1. Mix together the Italian dressing mix with the water, vinegar, oil and garlic. NOTE: Fran's Time Saving Suggestion: Substitute the first 5 ingredients with 1 cup of any light or fat- free Italian dressing.
  2. Add to the halibut and marinate under refrigeration for at least 20 minutes or up to 6-8 hours for added flavor.
  3. Broil, turning once until desired doneness. Discard any remaining marinade.
  4. Sprinkle with remaining tarragon.
  5. Serve with lemon slices.

Recipe Notes


Nutrition Information Per Serving
Calories:  180
Total Fat: 6g
Saturated Fat: 1g
Trans Fat: 0g
Cholesterol: 45mg
Protein: 29g
Carbohydrates: 1g
Sodium: 160mg
Fiber: 0g

…The Backstory continues: Fish can be absolutely scrumptious (and it should be as it’s truly one of the most delicious, natural foods we have to work with), but it should be prepared with equally delicious marinades, seasonings, and attention to detail. This recipe takes halibut (or salmon) and marinates it in a zesty mixture of herbs and seasonings and broils it quickly, and then tops it off with a sprinkling of one of my favorite herbs: tarragon. If you’ve never tried tarragon, you’re in for a treat. This herb has a light licorice-like flavor and it does the most wonderful things to fish and salads. This is fish the way is should be: fresh, interesting, flavorful, and fun.Book cover image

You can find this recipe and many more in my latest cookbook, Healthy Meals for Your Busy Life. In my new book, I’ve created a collection of delicious and satisfying meals from Beef Brisket with Gravy to Baked Apples–that you can prepare in 30 minutes or less. I know you’ll love them and that they’ll leave you feeling full, satisfied, and happy that you’ve made healthful choices that didn’t sacrifice on taste!


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Franceen Friefeld, RD., LD., P.H.Ec.

Franceen Friefeld, RD., LD., P.H.Ec.

Franceen is one of country's leading voices in nutrition and health with 30 + years of experience as a senior food management executive, author, speaker, and TV host. Fran's followers adore her because she believes you should be able to have your kugel and not feel guilty about it. Her recipes, humor, and realistic approach to enjoying food and cutting through the hype of fad diets and quick fixes are what make her approach to a balanced lifestyle loved by so many.
Franceen Friefeld, RD., LD., P.H.Ec.

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