Soy and Candied Ginger Halibut with Sautéed Kale


Soy and Candied Ginger Halibut with Sautéed Kale

Ginger-soy marinade, pan seared halibut over a simple sautéed kale with butter and salt... topped with a bit of candied ginger! All the flavors coming together for an exquisite mouthful.
Keyword ginger halibut
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Author Ian Wickman


Soy Ginger Halibut

  • 1 lb halibut filet
  • 3 tbsp tamari (or regular soy sauce if gluten isn't an issue)
  • 1 tbsp ginger, minced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

Candied Ginger

  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 1 inch ginger, peeled and sliced

Sautéed Kale

  • 4 cups kale, chopped
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 dash salt


Soy Ginger Halibut

  • Cut your filet into about 4 equal pieces, trim any skin/blood lines.
  • In a bowl that can hold the halibut pour the tamari and minced ginger in and mix well.
  • Dredge each piece of halibut in the soy ginger marinade so it is completely covered and let sit while you get the candied ginger and kale going.

Candied Ginger

  • Peel and slice your ginger into thin slices, maybe 1 - 2 millimeters thick. They should be thin but need a little body so they can hold up to being cooked without falling apart.
  • In a skillet pour water and sugar and turn on medium heat. Stir until sugar is dissolved.
  • Add ginger slices to the sugar water mixture and as soon as simmering turn down heat and let simmer until syrup has soaked in and starting to thicken, about 7 - 8 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
    NB: You don't want to over thicken as it will harden more as it cools. If you think you've gone a little far you can add a bit of water to the pan and stir in.

Sautéed Kale

  • Rinse and cut your kale into smaller, bitesized strips.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium/medium-high heat. Add butter to the pan and swirl to coat.
  • Toss in the kale and sprinkle generously with salt. Make sure the pan isn't too hot and going to burn the kale.
  • Sauté the kale until just starting to wilt, about 2 - 3 minutes, turn the heat down to low and cover. Let cook another 2 minutes and remove from heat.

Pan Seared Halibut and Putting it all Together

  • Heat a pan over medium/medium high heat. Add olive oil and swirl to coat.
  • Add the equal pieces of halibut to the pan and let sear for 1 - 2 minutes. Flip the halibut and let sear another 1 - 2 minutes on the other side, won't be cooked through yet.
  • Cover the pan and turn heat down to low and let finish cooking through, another 2 minutes or so.
  • Setup the plates and add a bed of kale to each, place a piece of the seared halibut to the kale, add a few pieces of the candied ginger and a little drizzle/few drops of the ginger syrup and enjoy!


The combination of the soy ginger halibut and the sautéed kale elevates the meal, the flavors and textures play so well together, plus the little bit of candied ginger adds a sweet zing to the whole dish, SO GOOD!  


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