Simple Baked Halibut with Bacon Herb Butter

The CrossFit Open has officially come to a close. The last workout made me extremely sore. My triceps and quads are dead. Which is wonderful since we did front squats yesterday. Lovely. Anywho, I finished 312th out of 3,301 women in the Southwest Region. I did my best and tried my hardest for not competing nor caring anymore. Which was way more fun and way less pressure. Especially since there was a can of champagne waiting for me after almost every workout. So I’m honestly happy I did the CF Open. I learned that I definitely don’t want to compete anymore, but that I love hanging out with the people from my gym and cheering them on. And a little in house competition never hurt anymore.

So let’s reviews some of the workouts and how I finished overall with those. Because I know you totally care.

CF OPEN Workout 14.1 – Snatches and double unders, both I love. I got 307 reps which landed me 265th in the region.

CF OPEN Workout 14.2 – Overhead squats and chest to bar pull ups. Whenever chest to bar pull ups are in a workout in our gym, I just do regular pull ups instead. I just want to go fast during the workout, I don’t really care about improving my pull ups. So this worked landed me 172nd in the region, which is super strange to me since I HATE those pull ups and was doing 2 at a time.

CF OPEN Workout 14.3 – Deadlifts and box jumps. Did pretty terrible at this workout. Deadlifts are by far my worst lift, so that weight got heavy reaaaal fast. I finished 1,345 in the region with that workout. Jeez Louise.

CF OPEN Workout 14.4 – The chipper workout. I absolutely loved this workout. Before it started, my goal was to at least get to the muscle ups in hopes of getting just one. Well, thankfully I got 5!! And they were the easiest muscle ups I’ve ever done. I’m pretty sure they’re easier now that I’m 15 pounds lighter than when I was competing. Anywho, I finished 75th in the region with that workout.

CF OPEN Workout 14.5 – The worst workout of them all. Thrusters and burpees over the bar. This workout hurt the entire time. I could barely jump my feet at the end. But I was happy enough how I finished while hating life. I finished 257th in the region.

I’m going to miss the Open bringing everyone together at the gym. We all were there for each other; watching, smiling, drinking, and cheering. One of the super exciting things is one of my good friend and fellow coaches from CrossFit Broadway made it to Regionals!! She’s a stud.

So I think I’m going to start posting more pictures of CF workouts on my instagram. I posted this one below of me doing the last workout and it got more likes than my food. My dog and CF pictures get more likes than an instagram page dedicated to food. What the fudge? Some people have told me to just get a different instagram page purely dedicated to my little Frenchie Jackson. I say no. Because I’m lazy and because he gets quadruple the likes on there. He’s definitely staying. Fact.



Simple Baked Halibut with Bacon Herb Butter

  • Yield: 2 1x


  • 1 pound halibut (cut into 2 eight ounce pieces)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 3 tablespoons butter (I used salted Kerrygold butter)
  • 1 cooked piece of bacon, finely minced
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • pinch of garlic powder
  • pinch of salt


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Place halibut on a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Sprinkle with a bit of olive oil and lemon juice then cover with cayenne pepper and salt and pepper.
  3. Put in oven to bake for 15-20 minutes, unless fish is flaky.
  4. While the fish bakes, (cook bacon if needed) mix together butter, bacon, parsley, basil, garlic powder and salt and pepper in a small bowl, using a spoon until well combined.
  5. Once fish is done, top with butter! And you’re done!

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I’m a food hoarder. And a really bad dancer. If you don’t know me well, you will probably not understand my humor. Therefore, I apologize ahead of time. Thanks for listening to my ramblings of my ever-changing life and trusting my kitchen mishaps. Your trust in me is appreciated.


21 thoughts on “Simple Baked Halibut with Bacon Herb Butter”

  1. OMG! You did great in the Open! It was my first one and I couldnt do some of the movements, but I was happy I did it. I was especially happy/thankful to get through 14.5! That was awful. Good job Juli!

  2. I love, love, love simple recipes like this one — the flavor of the fish seems like it would be enhanced and complemented by the bacon herb butter, not smothered! I can’t wait to try it.

    And congrats on your Open results!

  3. First off…AWESOME orange shoes! You kicked Open Butt. Of course your new puppy is going to get tons of likes…he’s adorable! BTW-does he have a name yet? Your blog is so funny and encouraging. I am new to the CF/Paleo world and appreciate your recipes and humor! I am having a hard time finding Coconut flour…any suggestions?

    1. His name is Jackson! We named him after Bo Jackson (baseball player) then he could also be called Jack Bauer (my last name). As for coconut flour, I get my online at tropical traditions!

    2. I find coconut flour at Whole Foods. If they don’t have it in the bulk section it is in the baking section.

  4. I’m with Andrea @ Pencils and Pancakes – DON’T YOU DARE get an new insta for that pile of cuteness. DON’T do it!

    Also …. you had me at bacon <3

  5. Juli, you have been the single greatest reason that I have been able to make a paleo-esque lifestyle work. I look great. I feel great. Your blog and cookbook have done wonders in changing my life for the better.
    However I had been thinking about trying crossfit just change things up a bit (I am a turbo fire/insanity kind of chick) but after reading your description of what you just put your body through….NO WAY!!!! NOPE. NOT GOING TO HAPPEN!! Be proud of yourself, woman. You have nerves (and muscles) of steel!!!

  6. I totally do care about your Open results and experience! I always love to hear which workouts people love and which they hate. Amazing how different everyone is. I LOVED 14.5!

  7. Had you not posted your open results, I totally would have looked it up. I’m creepy like that.

    Bacon herb butter will be happening ASAP. Thanks!

  8. You look great! I’ve wanted to try CF for a while. Used to be hard core, til I messed up the bones and cartilage in my arms and a surgeon nearly killed me. Now I just use that as an excuse to be lazy and then I get mad at myself! Truth is, I’m scared CF will hurt (in a bad way, not the good hurt in the muscles way). But I’ve seen people in worse condition do amazing things, so my excuses are invalid. *sigh*

  9. Made it a few nights ago. I don’t really like fish and this was absolutely amazing. Can’t wait to make it again.

  10. I loved the Open for the same reason. I didn’t do anywhere near as well as last year but I love this community and how fun the Open can be (even when I almost broke down crying during 14.5).

    Also glad you are doing what you want. There are so many paleo/food blogs out there and I totally love them, but I also love yours. I love that you talk about life and your dog and normal things. That’s why I come here. And that’s why I follow you on Instagram. Post the puppy, post your life, just be you! If people don’t want to look at anything but food there are plenty of Instagram accounts for that. (Also how can anyone not wanna look at that adorable pup?!)

  11. Juli! I am a first time viewer of your blog here and I gotta say… Holy cow! you have so many options here! I am so glad I took the time to go through your lists! My boyfriend and I have been paleo (not super strict) for about 2 1/2 months and we have been eating about the same things every week in different orders.. but it’s been lettuce wrap hamburgers and stir fry, salad, chicken anything and pork. Same stuff every week and it’s been sooo boring! Yesterday… I felt like something new. I stumbled across this little gem of a recipe while desperately searching for something new! I’m so glad I found it! I have never had halibut before and to be honest… I HATE fish. Or so I thought…. HA! I tried this recipe, cooked it myself (which my boyfriend will tell you… Is a miracle in it of itself! haha) and I used slightly too much cayenne pepper on it and not enough lemon, but even with that… I absolutely LOVE this recipe! You have wiped my slate clean for fish and started a new exciting chapter to my paleo lifestyle! Thank you so much for this!

    New fish for dinner lover!

    PS: I look forward to trying more recipes!

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