Halibut cheeks come from the part of the fish head that is situated behind the eyes. This part of the halibut is a delicacy for many people and can cost more than other cuts of the fish. Halibut cheek sizes can range between 2 and 5 inches, depending on the size of the fish.
Alaskan halibut can be a large fish. Some of the larger halibut can reach a length of 8 feet and weigh over 600 pounds. Halibut are a type of flatfish that are found along the northern Pacific and the North Atlantic Ocean. Their scientific name is Hippoglossus stenolepis, and they belong to the flounder family. Although these fish inhabit areas in the ocean that are at depths that range from 20 to 1,000 feet, they can also live at a depth of 3,600 feet. Halibut prey on crabs, octopus and other fish.
Halibut cheeks do not contain bones and have a sweet flavor. Because halibut cheeks are firm, they can be grilled and remain firm. In terms of nutrition, 100 grams of raw halibut contains 110 calories and 21 grams of protein.
This type of fish is known to carry parasites, flukes or some types of worm larvae. If a person eats infected halibut with these parasites, they can get a disease called anisakiasis. For this reason, halibut must be fully cooked and be at a temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit to destroy any harmful parasite larvae.