Halibut fish facts

This halibut ranges in color from olive to brown weighing up to 500 pounds or 226 kg. It is found in the cold water of Bering Sea and North Pacific and for feeding it return to fertile coastal grounds. It is flat and has the shape of diamond with white belly and eyes on right side of the head. It has few bones with firm texture. Females grow fast and also have the long life span in comparison to males. They are large and active predators which feed on invertebrates and medium sized fishes.

Name Halibut fish health benefits
Scientific Name Hippoglossus stenolepis
Native Native to North Pacific and Bering sea

The term is derived from word haly and butte which means holy and flat fish respectively.

Common/English Name Pacific halibut, Halibut, Alaska Halibut, Hippos of the Sea, Cow of the Sea, Chicken Halibut, Hirame
Name in Other Languages Danish: Helleflynder, Stillehavshelleflynder;
Dutch: Heilbot;
French: Flétan du Pacifique;
Finnish: Tyynenmerenpallas;
Icelandic: Kyrrahafs lúoa;
German: Pazifischer heilbutt;
Japanese: Ohyô;
Italian: Halibut del Pacífico;
Polish: Halibut pacyficzny;
Norwegian: Kveite;
Spanish: Fletán del Pacífico,  Halibut del Pacífico;
Portuguese: Alabote-do-Pacifico;
Swedish: Stillahavs-helgeflundra;
Mandarin Chinese: Xiá lín yōng dié (狭鳞庸鲽);
Russian: Paltus belokoryy tikhookeanskiy (Палтус белокорый тихоокеанский), Paltus be (Палтус бе)
Lifespan 42 years
Diet Cod, pollock, turbot, octopus, shrimp, crab, eel, lamprey, sculpin
Shape & size Diamond shaped, elongated
Weight 500 pounds
Flavor/aroma Mild
Taste Pleasant
Spawning December through February
Major Nutritions Selenium, Se 88.1 µg (160.18%)
Isoleucine 1.852 g (110.77%)
Lysine 3.69 g (110.35%)
Tryptophan 0.45 g (102.27%)
Threonine 1.762 g (100.11%)
Valine 2.07 g (98.01%)
Histidine 1.185 g (96.19%)
Leucine 3.267 g (88.39%)
Vitamin B-12 (Cobalamine) 2.02 µg (84.17%)
Vitamin B3 (Niacin) 12.578 mg (78.61%)
Health Benefits
  • Maintain cells
  • Reduce fatigue
  • Supports digestion
  • Lowers cholesterol
  • Enhance immunity
  • Regenerates tissues and cells
  • Muscle problems
  • Brain health
  • Lowers stress
  • Prevent heart ailments
Calories in 0.5 fillet (159 gm) 176 Kcal.
  • It should be avoided by the pregnant women.
  • It might lead to formation of kidney stones and gout.
  • The patients of uric acid, gout and kidney problems should be cautious while consuming it.
  • The allergic people should avoid it.
How to Eat
  • It is usually deep fried, boiled or grilled.
  • The steamed Halibut is eaten with black bean sauce.
Other Facts
  • The biggest Pacific halibut measures above eight feet long and weighs 500 pounds.
  • In Alaska, Halibut fishing is very popular.
  • They are strong swimmers with large mouth.
  • It hunts on an ocean floor.
  • It is reported that Pacific halibut have lived for 55 years.


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