This smoked halibut dish is what dreams are made of. Halibut is one of those perfect proteins, rich in flavor while remaining delicate and elegant. Pair this smoked fish with a fresh cherry tomato vinaigrette and you will be the talk of the town.

Total Time: 2 hours
Servings: 4


Smoked Halibut

Cherry Tomato Salad

  • 1 Pint Cherry Tomatoes (I like to use ½ pint cherry & ½ pint gold cherry)
  • 3 Tbsp Olive Oil, divided
  • 1 Shallot, finely chopped
  • 1½ Tbsp Red Wine Vinegar
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 2 Tbsp Fresh Chives, chopped
  • Spring Salad mix for extra greens

Chef's Tip

Choose a smoking wood flavor of mild taste to avoid overpowering the halibut. The goal is to have a lightly infused smoke flavor so you should avoid strong flavors. A nice blend is the best, I love the Wildwood Grilling Smoking Pellets blend of Maple, Cherry, and Hickory.


  1. Heat the smoker to 200˚F.
  2. In a small bowl mix together the garlic, salt, and pepper. Season the halibut on all sides.
  3. Once the smoker is up to temp, place fish directly onto the grill. Smoke the fish for 2 hours or until internal temperature reaches 140˚F.
  4. While fish is cooking, make the cherry tomato vinaigrette.
  5. Cut half the cherry tomatoes in half. Heat 1 Tablespoon of oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the shallots and cook, until soft. Stir often.
  6. Next add in the whole tomatoes along with the ones you cut in half, stir occasionally. The tomatoes will begin to release juices after about 4 minutes, go ahead and smash some of the tomatoes with a spoon to create a nice sauce.
  7. Add the vinegar and remaining 2 tablespoons of oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve warm or at room temperature. Add chives just before serving.
  8. Once the fish is ready, it is a wonderful meal to serve up Family Style. You can serve on a platter with the fish and tomatoes side by side for everyone to dig right in.

*Keep a spray bottle of water handy in case of flare-ups.

Used in this recipe:

Hardwood Blend Smoking Pellets