Delicious Halibut Cakes Recipe Your Taste Buds Crave

Welcome to my kitchen, dear bakers! Today we are going to dive into the realm of seafood and try our hands on something exciting – Halibut Cakes Recipe. If you haven’t tried this culinary delight before, get ready for an experience you won’t forget anytime soon.

I love cooking with halibut fish because it is incredibly versatile. You can experiment with a myriad of flavors and still have its rich and savory taste cutting through. These cakes or croquettes, whatever you might want to call them, are crispy on the outside and crumbly on the inside with a perfect balance of seasoning, making your taste buds crave more.

But why should we settle for the average fish fry or fillet when we can elevate our meals to a whole new level? With this Halibut Cakes Recipe, you will have an exquisite treat to jazz up your dinner table, impress guests at parties, or even treat yourself on special occasions.

So put on your aprons and grab your utensils because things are about to get wild in this culinary adventure. After all, what’s better than enjoying delicious food made from scratch in your own kitchen?

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Halibut Cakes
Halibut Cakes

Hey there fellow food enthusiasts, let me tell you why you’re going to fall in love with this halibut cakes recipe. Not only are these cakes simple to make, but they are versatile and can be customized to your liking.

First off, let’s talk about the flavor profile. The combination of dry mustard, prepared mustard, Worcestershire sauce, pepper, and salt gives these cakes a well-rounded flavor that is both savory and satisfying. And if you like a bit of spice, add some cayenne pepper for a little kick.

But what really sets this recipe apart is the use of halibut fish. Halibut is a lean and meaty fish that is loaded with protein and low in fat. Plus, it has a mild and delicate flavor that will leave your taste buds dancing with delight.

Next up, let’s consider the texture. These cakes are perfectly crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. They are also incredibly versatile – use them as a main dish or serve them as an appetizer at your next party.

But don’t just take my word for it. Give these halibut cakes a try for yourself and see why they are quickly becoming a fan favorite in kitchens everywhere. Trust me; you won’t regret it!

Ingredient List

“Golden goodness ready to be devoured”

Let’s talk about the ingredients needed for this flavorful and delicious halibut cakes recipe. Make sure to gather all the necessary items beforehand to avoid any last-minute shopping trips. You will need:

Fish and Breadcrumbs

  • 4 cups of cooked halibut fish, broken into small pieces
  • 2 cups of breadcrumbs

Potatoes and Vegetables

  • 2 pounds of russet potatoes, peeled and cut into large chunks
  • 3/4 cup of finely chopped green onions

Seasonings and Spices

  • 2 teaspoons of dry mustard
  • 1 tablespoon of prepared mustard
  • 2 teaspoons of Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon of curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons of salt
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper

Sauces and Dressings

  • 1/4 cup of homemade or store-bought mayonnaise
  • Homemade or store-bought tartar sauce (for serving)
  • For spicy option, try these halibut cakes with apricot-ginger dipping sauce

Cooking Oil

  • Enough vegetable or canola oil for frying

Make sure you have a large bowl to combine all the ingredients properly.
Note that there are variations to this recipe including a Thai-style, curried, or salmon halibut cake, so adjust the ingredients according to your preference.

The Recipe How-To

“Transforming halibut into a scrumptious meal”

Now that you have gathered all the necessary ingredients, it’s time to start cooking some delicious halibut cakes. This recipe is very easy to follow and will surely leave your taste buds craving for more.

Step 1: Cook the Halibut

Put the halibut fillets in a skillet with enough water to cover them. Add a teaspoon of salt and bring it to a boil over medium heat. Reduce the heat and let it simmer for about 5 minutes or until fully cooked. Remove the halibut from the skillet, let it cool down and then flake it with a fork.

Step 2: Prepare the Potatoes

In another pot, bring enough water to a boil and add the russet potatoes peeled, cut large. Let them cook for about 20 minutes or until they are tender. Drain and then mash them using a potato masher or potato ricer.

Step 3: Combine all Ingredients

In a large bowl, combine the flaked halibut, mashed potatoes, 1-2 tablespoons of mayo, green onions finely chopped, 2 teaspoons of Worcestershire sauce, 1 tablespoon of prepared mustard, 1/4 cup of bread crumbs, 1 whisked egg, and 2 teaspoons of dry mustard. Season with salt and pepper as desired.

Step 4: Shape into Cakes or Croquettes

Shape the mixture into desired sized cakes or croquettes. Roll each of them into some breadcrumbs to create cakes patties or croquette coatings.

Step 5: Fry in Vegetable Oil

Heat vegetable oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the halibut cakes and fry them for about three minutes each side until golden brown, then remove them from the skillet and place on paper towels to absorb excess oil.

Voila! Your delicious homemade halibut cakes are ready to enjoy! Serve hot with homemade tartar sauce or apricot ginger dipping sauce on top for extra flavor.

Substitutions and Variations

“Bite-sized cakes perfect for any occasion”

You can easily mix up this halibut cakes recipe with a few simple substitutions and variations. Let’s say, for instance, you don’t have any halibut fish available or simply prefer other types of seafood—feel free to swap your choice of fish such as salmon or tuna to create your own fish cakes recipe. You could also try using cooked shrimp or crab meat alongside your halibut fish for added texture and flavor.

If you’re looking to add more spice to your life, try incorporating different curry powders or Thai spices such as lemongrass and chili peppers. Experiment with spicier seasonings like hot sauce, red pepper flakes, or cayenne pepper to add some heat.

Are you avoiding gluten? Simply switch out traditional bread crumbs for gluten-free options made with cornmeal, quinoa flakes or panko crumbs that are gluten-free. Or use alternative binders instead of bread crumbs like mashed potatoes, crushed crackers, or cooked rice. Halibut cakes croquettes make the perfect gluten-free appetizer!

For those who are vegan or lactose intolerant, make it dairy-free by eliminating any dairy-based products such as mayonnaise and traditional tartar sauce from the recipe. Instead of eggs, use tofu or boiled potatoes as a binding agent.

Want to liven up your dipping sauce game? Skip the traditional homemade tartar sauce and whip up an apricot ginger dipping sauce instead! Try adding soy sauce, teriyaki sauce or wasabi paste for a Japanese twist, coconut milk for a Caribbean vibe, kimchi juice for a Korean-style dish, pineapple jam for a Hawaiian touch, Sriracha sauce for Thai flavors or some fresh herbs like cilantro and mint for a Vietnamese spin on your halibut cakes recipe.

Overall, there are plenty of ways you can customize this recipe to suit your taste preferences and dietary restrictions. Get creative and experiment with different substitutions and variations until you find your perfect version of these delicious halibut cakes.

Serving and Pairing

“Indulgent flavor in every bite”

Now that you’ve put in all the hard work to create these succulent halibut cakes, it’s time to serve them up and really savor the flavors.

When it comes to pairing, a crisp white wine like Sauvignon Blanc is an excellent option. The tangy acidity in the wine cuts through the richness of the fish, while also highlighting the fruity notes of any sauces or dips you choose to serve alongside. However, if you’re feeling more adventurous, a classic red such as Pinot Noir could work just as well.

As for accompaniments, there are countless options that complement these gorgeous halibut cakes. A simple green salad tossed with a citrus vinaigrette will provide a bright and refreshing contrast to the richly flavored cakes. You could also go for something more robust like sweet potato fries or roasted vegetables featuring bell peppers and garlic.

I personally recommend trying out an apricot-ginger dipping sauce on the side — it perfectly complements the subtle sweetness of the halibut and adds a delightful spicy kick too. Homemade tartar sauce, made with chopped pickles, mayonnaise, and lemon juice would also be a great choice for dipping.

These halibut cakes are versatile enough to be served at brunch or dinner, depending on how you choose to dress them up or dress them down. Regardless of what you pair them with, I’m confident these cakes will satisfy your seafood cravings and taste buds beyond your wildest dreams.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

“Made with fresh and simple ingredients”

As a seasoned baker, I know that sometimes it’s just not practical to spend a lot of time in the kitchen preparing one recipe. That’s why I love recipes that can be made in advance and stored for later. With these delectable halibut cakes, you’re in luck – they can definitely be prepared ahead of time.

If you’d like to make halibut cakes ahead of time, simply follow the recipe instructions and shape the mixture into cakes or patties. Once shaped, store the cakes in an airtight container with wax paper between each layer. You can store them in the refrigerator for up to 2 days before cooking.

If you cooked too much halibut mixture, don’t fret! Simply use a spoon to shape them into small croquettes and coat them in breadcrumbs. Once coated, place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and freeze until firm. Once frozen, transfer the croquettes to a freezer bag and keep in the freezer for up to 3 months.

To reheat frozen halibut cakes, preheat your oven to 375°F. Line them on a baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes until golden brown.

Alternatively, you can reheat fresh or frozen halibut cakes by frying them in oil over medium heat until golden brown; this will take about 2-3 minutes per side.

When reheating, always ensure that your halibut cakes are heated all the way through; this will ensure that they are safe to eat.

Whether you’re making these halibut cakes as an appetizer, lunch or dinner entree, storing and reheating them is easy and hassle-free – making this recipe a win-win.

Tips for Perfect Results

“Crispy on the outside, tender on the inside”

As someone who has cooked up more halibut cakes than I can count, I have a few tricks up my sleeve when it comes to ensuring perfect results. Follow these tips and you’ll be well on your way to creating the best halibut cakes you’ve ever tasted.

First and foremost, be sure to use high-quality halibut fish. Fresh is always best, but if you’re using frozen, make sure it’s wild-caught Alaska halibut. This will give your fish cakes the best possible flavor and texture.

When preparing your halibut, be sure to cook it thoroughly before adding it to your mixture. You can either bake or pan-fry your fish, but either way, aim for an internal temperature of 145°F.

Another important tip is to ensure that all ingredients are at room temperature before mixing them together. This will help them combine more easily and evenly, resulting in a better final product.

When it comes to forming your halibut cakes, don’t be afraid to use a little extra bread crumbs if the mixture is too wet. The cakes should hold together well enough to form into patties without falling apart.

When cooking your halibut cakes, be patient and resist the urge to flip them too soon. Allow the first side to brown and crisp up before flipping them over.

Finally, don’t forget about the dipping sauce! A homemade tartar sauce or apricot ginger dipping sauce can take your halibut cakes to the next level. Experiment with different flavors and find one that complements the savory goodness of your fish cakes perfectly.

With these tips in mind, you’ll be cooking up delicious and perfectly-formed halibut cakes in no time.

Bottom Line

If you’re looking for a delicious and easy way to enjoy halibut fish, then this halibut cakes recipe is a fantastic option. With its versatile ingredients and flavors, you can create a variety of different variations to suit your taste buds or try something new.

Not only is this recipe tasty, but it’s also nutritious and great for your health. You’re getting all the health benefits that come with consuming wild Alaska halibut, such as omega-3 fatty acids, lean protein and more.

So if you’re a seafood lover, or just want to add more variety to your diet, give these halibut cakes a try today. You won’t be disappointed! Plus, you can make-ahead and freeze them for later use.

This recipe is perfect for dinner parties, family gatherings, or just a simple weeknight dinner treat. So don’t hesitate, head to the kitchen and whip up some delicious halibut cakes for yourself today!

Halibut Cakes

Halibut Cakes Recipe

This recipe comes from the Halibut Barn in Ketchican, Alaska. The halibut in Alaska is wonderful and always fresh!
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Cuisine: Seafood
Keyword: < 30 Mins, Halibut
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Calories: 213.7kcal


  • 1 lb halibut, cooked and flaked
  • 1 cup Italian seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 1 large egg (or 2 small eggs)
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard or 1 teaspoon prepared mustard


  • Mix together breadcrumbs, egg, mayonnaise and seasonings.
  • Add Halibut and mix gently; If mixture is dry, add more maynnaise.
  • Shape into 6 cakes and cook in hot oil until browned on each side (about 5 minutes).
  • These Halibut Cakes may also be deep fried.

Your Own Notes


Serving: 106g | Calories: 213.7kcal | Carbohydrates: 16.5g | Protein: 19.9g | Fat: 7.1g | Saturated Fat: 1.3g | Cholesterol: 62.2mg | Sodium: 677.1mg | Fiber: 1.1g | Sugar: 2g

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