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Naturally Gluten-Free Halibut Cakes

Posted on by Alisa Fleming in Appetizers, Dairy-Free Recipes with 0 Comments

Alisa Fleming ~ These bite-sized halibut cakes are a great way to stretch a little seafood into enough to feed a crowd for holiday parties or general entertaining. Unlike many types of fish, wild Alaskan halibut has a firm, flaky texture that allows it to hold its shape when cooked. Plus, it has a delicate flavor that works seamlessly in recipes like these halibut cakes.

Halibut Cakes Recipe - Dairy-Free

Halibut Cakes
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Serves: 16 appetizer cakes

  • 2 pounds russet potatoes, peeled and cut into large chunks (see note below)
  • 2 tablespoons dairy-free margarine
  • 6 green onions, trimmed and finely chopped (about ¾ cup)
  • 1 pound skinless Alaska Halibut, cut into large pieces
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • ¾ cup (3 ounces) instant polenta, divided
  • Vegetable oil, as needed for frying

  1. Cook the potatoes in lightly salted boiling water until tender. Drain and transfer to large bowl.
  2. Mash the potatoes, and let them cool slightly.
  3. While the potatoes are cooling, melt the margarine in a medium pan over medium heat. Add the green onions and cook for 3 to 4 minutes, or until softened.
  4. Remove the onions, add the halibut and cook until opaque throughout, breaking fish into chunks while cooking.
  5. Add the green onions and halibut, along with any remaining margarine from pan, to the potatoes. Mix well. Add the beaten egg and 2 tablespoons of the polenta. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  6. Form the mixture into 16 cakes (2-1/2 inches wide) using ¼ cup portion to form each cake.
  7. Sprinkle the remaining polenta onto a large plate, and lightly coat the fish cakes in the polenta.
  8. Heat a thin layer of vegetable oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add the fish cakes in batches, cooking about 3 to 4 minutes per side, until browned and cooked through.

3 cups of cooked firm instant mashed potatoes can be substituted for russet potatoes.

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Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Senior Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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