Halibut and Creamy Parmesan Shrimp Recipe

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This Halibut Recipe featuring Creamy Parmesan Shrimp is ridiculously easy — just 20 minutes from prep to plate! It’s also wonderfully delicious, low-carb, keto-friendly and gluten-free.

What’s not to like about that?

Halibut Recipe with Creamy Parmesan Shrimp

Alaska Halibut Topped with Creamy Parmesan Shrimp Recipe - From refrigerator to the table in less than 30 minutes

Low-Carb Recipe for Meatless Mondays

Does your family do the Meatless Monday thing? Ours does — or at least we try to. But we also try to limit carbs, especially the refined type, so meat-free meals can be challenging.

With this halibut recipe and a leafy green side dish, we can skip the meat while staying low-carb. So, whether you’re looking for a low-carb recipe for Meatless Monday, trying to eat more fish, or advance-planning for an impressive meal to serve guests, this one’s a winner!

Cast iron pan containing prepared Halibut with Creamy Parmesan Shrimp recipe set on wood background

Sometimes Frozen Fish is Best

If you see halibut at the fish counter in the grocery store, ask whether it’s been previously frozen. Chances are it has been — 80 percent of Pacific halibut are harvested off Alaska’s shores then flash-frozen before transport.

Save your money and keep pushing your cart a few yards further to the frozen section. The frozen halibut you find there will actually taste fresher than the stuff behind the counter because it hasn’t been exposed to air or started drying out yet.

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Tips on Cooking Halibut Recipes

Defrost frozen halibut in the refrigerator overnight if possible. If you forget, don’t panic! Put fillets into a resealable plastic bag and submerge them in a bowl of water for 15-20 minutes. Weight them down with a small plate if necessary, and change the water every 5 minutes. (You can defrost the shrimp the same way.)

It’s okay if your halibut is still a tiny bit frozen when you start the recipe. Just add another minute or two to the cooking time. Test for doneness by seeing if the center flakes easily with a fork.

Also, be sure to use freshly-grated Parmesan. Although pre-shredded Parmesan is convenient, it’s also tossed with cellulose that prevents it from melting into the creamy, luxuriant sauce that sends this halibut recipe over the top. (The cellulose does keep it from clumping in the container, though.)

Recipe for Halibut topped with Creamy Parmesan Shrimp

Halibut Topped with Creamy Parmesan Shrimp

This 20-minute meal features firm, mild halibut topped with a deliciously decadent shrimp sauce. It's low-carb and keto-friendly, too!
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Alaska Halibut Topped with Creamy Parmesan Shrimp Recipe - From refrigerator to the table in less than 30 minutes
Prep Time:5 mins
Cook Time:15 mins
Total Time:20 mins


  • 4 halibut filets fresh or frozen (approx. 4 oz. each)
  • 4 oz shrimp cooked, deveined, peeled with tails off
  • 2 tbsp butter melted
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese freshly-grated
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley minced, divided
  • salt
  • pepper


  • Preheat oven to 450°F / 200°C / gas mark 6. 
  • Liberally season the fish with salt and pepper and place it in a greased baking dish.
  • Chop the shrimp and transfer it to a bowl. Add the melted butter, sour cream, Parmesan cheese, and garlic. Stir in half of the minced parsley. Spread the shrimp mixture evenly over the halibut filets.
  • Bake at 450°F for 12 minutes. Halibut is done when the center flakes easily with a fork. To brown the top, turn the oven to broil and cook for 2-3 more minutes. Garnish with remaining minced parsley before serving.


Calories: 289kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 165mg | Sodium: 572mg | Potassium: 578mg | Vitamin A: 690IU | Vitamin C: 4.5mg | Calcium: 234mg | Iron: 1.1mg
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 289kcal
Author: Katie Berry

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  1. 5 stars
    This recipe catches my heart thanks for sharing!

    1. Katie Berry says:

      I’m glad you enjoyed it!

  2. Carol Tyson says:

    5 stars
    This recipe is amazing!

    1. Katie Berry says:

      So glad you enjoyed it! ?

  3. 5 stars
    This recipe is the bomb I didn’t have fresh grated Parmesan and as you stated the melting just isn’t the same but it was still delicious.

    I can imagine if I did it use fresh grated Parmesan would be immaculate.

    I plated it over whole grain pasta with a side spinach salad.

    It was so easy and simple to make.

    I will definitely make this a staple dish in my home for a week night or even weekend quick meal.

    1. Katie Berry says:

      I’m so glad you liked it!

  4. 5 stars
    I altered this slightly since I didn’t want to use sour cream. I cooked the sauce on the stove. I made a roux and added heavy cream and milk and then the Parmesan. I cooked the shrimp in the sauce and poured over the cooked fish. Loved it!

    1. Katie Berry says:

      Sounds delicious!

  5. 5 stars
    The taste was amazing and so simple to make. I left off the shrimp but it was still great.

    1. Katie Berry says:

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it, Cindy!

  6. 5 stars
    This recipe is the best Gluten Free Seafood I’ve ever had and my husband loves it and wants me to make it again.
    Very Delicious! Thank you for sharing.
    I have Celiac Disease and it’s hard to find really good tasting recipes.

    1. Katie Berry says:

      I am so glad you enjoyed it! It’s one of our favorites, too, especially because it’s so easy to make. 🙂

  7. Would this taste good with salmon as well?

    1. Katie Berry says:

      It might, but the cooking times would change. Since I haven’t made it that way, I couldn’t tell you a precise time but salmon cooks faster.

  8. John Morris says:

    What other fish could be used if halibut isn’t available?

    1. Katie Berry says:

      Any firm-fleshed fish could work but you’d need to adjust the cooking times. Since I created this using halibut, I couldn’t say what the cooking times for other fish would be. Sorry!

  9. Whats a good side dish to go with this? Vege, potato etc…

    1. Katie Berry says:

      Since this shrimp and halibut recipe is creamy and rich, I usually serve something light on the side like a leafy salad and steamed green beans.

  10. 5 stars
    What an incredible recipe for this Lenten Season!!!!!! Highly recommend!!!

    1. Katie Berry says:

      I’m so glad you liked it!