Curried Halibut Cakes with Apricot Ginger Dipping Sauce

October  4, 2022
5 Ratings
Photo by Karista
  • Prep time 20 minutes
  • Cook time 15 minutes
  • Makes 6-8 dinner size cakes
Author Notes

These Curried Halibut Cakes with Apricot Ginger Dipping Sauce was a completely last-minute idea. They’re so flavorful, I sort of impressed myself. And I’m not easily impressed with myself.
Mostly because I'm a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to food. I want clean fresh flavors yet a fairly simple preparation. This recipe is all of that and more.
I think you just might have a smidgen of palate-induced joy when you taste these lovely little cakes. —Karista

What You'll Need
  • Curried Halibut Cakes
  • 3/4 pound cooked halibut
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise, or more as needed
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • zest of one lemon
  • oil for pan cooking
  • Apricot Ginger Dipping Sauce
  • 1/2 cup apricot preserves
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • 2 tablespoons Thai sweet chili sauce
  • 1/4 cup white wine, sherry or water
  1. To prepare the sauce, In a small sauce pan over low heat, whisk together the apricot preserves, ginger, sweet chili sauce and liquid of choice. Heat until slightly warm and runny, only a few minutes. Then take it off the heat to cool.
  2. To prepare the Curried Halibut Cakes, In a small bowl, mix together the mayonnaise, garlic and ginger. In a large bowl, add the halibut, curry powder, salt and pepper and lightly mix until incorporated into the flaked fish.
  3. Next stir in the green onions, lemon juice and lemon zest. Then stir in the mayonnaise mixture.
  4. Fold in the panko breadcrumbs and stir until well blended. The mixture should be moist enough to form small patties and hold together. If needed, add additional mayonnaise.
  5. Form 6-8 dinner size patties or 12-16 small appetizer size patties. I use a muffin scoop to form the dinner patties and a cookie scoop to form the appetizer size patties. Lay the formed patties on a parchment lined baking sheet.
  6. Heat a large skillet over medium low heat and add ghee, olive oil or safflower oil. When the oil is hot but not smoking, add enough patties to fill the skillet but not crowd the pan. Brown on either side.
  7. Transfer to a paper towel lined platter and sprinkle with a pinch of salt.
  8. Serve the Curried Halibut Cakes with the Apricot Ginger Dipping Sauce. If you'd like to make a meal, serve these with my coconut rice and a tossed green salad.

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1 Review

Heidi B. October 2, 2020
These were very good. Didn't have apricot preserves, used damson plum jelly. Didn't have sweet chili sauce; used 1 Tble honey and a few drops of Tabasco. Recipe said to add lemon juice, but didn't say how much. Husband loved them. Served with jasmine rice and salad