As a chef, I am constantly looking for ideas for new recipes. Whether I am conducting research for my client or looking for inspiration for my blog, I often find myself browsing through food magazines, websites and watching cooking shows. It can be challenging coming up with new and exciting dishes, especially when you are limited to what your client can eat. While searching for a healthy seafood recipe, I came across the idea of fish kebabs. Simple, light, healthy yet very promising, I decided to pair well-seasoned halibut with crusty bread and crispy pancetta for one flavorful and satisfying meal.

halibut kebabs
halibut kebabs
halibut skewers

Serves 4

Halibut kebabs with pancetta and grilled bread

30 minTotal Time

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  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon coarsely chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 1/2 pounds boned and skinned halibut, cut into 2-in. chunks
  • Garlic bread
  • 4 cups 1 1/2-in. cubes crusty Italian bread
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • Remaining ingredients
  • 3 ounces pancetta, sliced paper-thin
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil


  1. Preheat grill to medium heat. Soak skewers in cold water for 30 minutes.
  2. Combine olive oil with fresh rosemary, salt, pepper and zest and juice of 1 lemon. Add halibut chunks and marinate for 30 minutes at room temperature.
  3. Prepare garlic bread. Combine melted butter with garlic powder. Toss cubed crusty Italian bread with butter mixture. Set aside.
  4. Skewer an end of 1 strip pancetta, followed by the halibut and bread cube, weaving the pancetta in between each fish and bread cube. Repeat 3 times per skewer.
  5. Place kebabs on the grill and cook until fish is cooked through and bread is slightly charred about 5-6 minutes, turning skewers frequently. Serve immediately.



591 cal


44 g


6 g


42 g
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**Helpful tips and common mistakes

I have prepared this recipe several times with different seafood, all with success. Although halibut is my first choice, any other firm white fish would be a suitable option for this recipe including but not limited to swordfish, cod, or striped bass. 

halibut kebabs

Since you have great quality ingredients from the fish to the pancetta to the bread, you don’t need much else. Salt, pepper, rosemary, and lemon are the only seasonings needed to round out the dish. 

I personally love garlic bread and can have it with everything so why not pair it with halibut and prosciutto? I mean you can technically eat just the garlic bread with the prosciutto but grill them all together and you get a delicious pairing. Use crusty Italian bread to make the garlic bread for the best results. I also chose to use garlic powder instead of freshly chopped garlic to avoid any burned garlic pieces.

halibut kebabs

Grilling the kebabs would have been ideal but I chose to prepare mine in the oven. Bake at 350 for about 8 minutes or until the bread is toasted and the fish is opaque and cooked. Serve while hot with a side of hummus and pita or roasted potato salad for a healthy, satisfying meal! 

halibut kebabs



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