Delicious Halibut Dip Recipe – Perfect Party Pleaser

Are you tired of the same old dip recipes at parties? Look no further than this halibut dip recipe. As a scribe for a home chef who throws amazing parties, I can attest that this halibut dip is the star of any appetizer spread.

Not only is this recipe unique, but it also features one of Alaska’s most prized catches: halibut. This flaky white fish is smoked to perfection and blended with creamy cheese and a kick of spice that will make your taste buds sing.

Plus, this recipe is incredibly versatile. Whether you want to serve it as a game-day snack, an appetizer for a fancy dinner party, or just have it as a snack at home, this dip will leave everyone wanting more.

So gather your ingredients and let’s create a deliciously seafood-inspired dip that is sure to impress.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Halibut Dip
Halibut Dip

If you’re a seafood lover, you’ll fall in love with this delectable halibut dip recipe. As someone who enjoys hosting dinner parties, I know that the perfect appetizer can set the tone for an amazing meal. This cheesy halibut dip is the perfect start to any gathering and people will be asking for the recipe long after the party is over.

The combination of flaky, smoked halibut, mayonnaise, and cream cheese creates a silky texture with an irresistible smoky flavor. The addition of finely chopped scallions, celery and banana pepper elevate the dip to another level of deliciousness. This creamy yet chunky dip is both flavorful and filling, truly satisfying your cravings.

What’s great about this recipe is that it’s incredibly versatile. You can serve it warm or cold, with crackers or fresh cut veggies. It’s perfectly suitable for all occasions – a quiet night at home, a picnic, or even an elegant soiree.

Truly a taste of Alaska, using smoked halibut from fishing vessel owners association adds character to this dish whilst also supporting local fishermen. It’s a great feeling knowing that you’re also supporting a community when indulging in this addictive halibut dip.

So go ahead and whip up a batch of this scrumptious halibut dip – it’ll be gone before you know it!

Ingredient List

“Dive into this creamy halibut dip!”

Here are the ingredients you’ll need to make smoked halibut dip:

  • 1 lb cooked halibut, smoked or grilled
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped celery stalks
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped scallions (green onions)
  • 2 Tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp banana pepper, minced (for a little heat)
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup mayonnaise (add more if desired for creamier texture)
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Optional: pickle relish or roasted artichokes

The Recipe How-To

“A perfect dip for your next pool party!”

Now that we have all our ingredients ready, let’s start making this fantastic Halibut Dip recipe!

Step 1: Preheat Oven and Prepare Halibut

Preheat the oven at 325°F.

In a bowl, mix the cooked halibut, smoked halibut, and cream cheese, until smooth. Add mayonnaise, sour cream and minced garlic until everything is evenly combined.

Step 2: Combine Remaining Ingredients

In another large mixing bowl, combine finely chopped boiled egg, diced celery, sliced scallions, and jarred diced (drained) pickle.

To the same bowl, add the mixed halibut paste from step 1. Fold everything in, making sure all ingredients are coated evenly.

Step 3: Bake

Transfer the mixture into a baking dish; a cast-iron skillet works great for this recipe.

Bake uncovered for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown crust forms around the sides.

Remove from the oven, garnish with finely chopped green onion and serve with tortilla chips or crackers!

Enjoy your delicious Halibut Dip!

Substitutions and Variations

“Seafood lovers, this one’s for you!”

Now that you understand the basic components of the halibut dip recipe, it’s easy to modify and create new variations. You can customize this dip with your favorite ingredients or use what you have on hand. Here are some ideas to get you started:

– Smoked Halibut Dip: Use smoked halibut instead of cooked halibut for an added smoky flavor.

– Buffalo Halibut Dip: Add hot sauce and blue cheese for a spicy twist.

– Cheesy Halibut Dip: Mix in cream cheese or cheddar cheese to make it extra rich and creamy.

– Halibut Jalapeño Dip: Add chopped jalapeño peppers and hot sauce for a spicy version.

– Artichoke and Halibut Dip: Mix in canned artichokes for a delicious addition.

– Fried Halibut Dip: Top the dip with some fried halibut pieces for crunch and texture.

If you’re looking for a healthier version of this dip, swap out ingredients like mayonnaise and sour cream for Greek yogurt. You can also add more veggies like finely chopped carrots, cucumbers, or bell peppers to give it an extra crunch.

When making substitutions, keep in mind that the overall taste may vary slightly from the original recipe but experimentation is key to finding your perfect variation of the halibut dip recipe.

Serving and Pairing

“Get ready to impress your guests with this halibut dip.”

The halibut dip recipe is a delightful appetizer that can be enjoyed in several ways. For a fun party, you can easily make a large platter of this tasty halibut dip and pair it with some crisp crackers or lightly toasted bread slices. The mild flavor of the crackers or bread perfectly balances the savory taste of the halibut dip. You can also serve the dip with some crudités, such as sliced cucumbers, carrots, and bell peppers. This gives your guests a healthy option which pairs well with the creamy dip.

If you’re having a grilled or roasted meat-based dinner, this dip will make for a perfect starter. Its rich flavors pair beautifully with beef, pork, lamb, or even chicken dishes. You can complement it with some greens-based sides like a fresh garden salad or some coleslaw.

For those who love to experiment with different tastes, pairing halibut dip with some spicy buffalo wings is an excellent choice. The creaminess of the dip tones down the heat in the wings and enhances their flavors immensely. For a more Mexican twist, you can also match it with jalapeño dip and tortilla chips.

Finally, if you’re having a seafood-themed party or simply want to go all out on fish dishes, halibut dip pairs exceptionally well with other seafood delicacies like prawns or scallops. It’s like they’re two peas in a pod; this combination satisfies the palate immensely.

No matter what you pair it with, be sure to savor every bite of this delicious halibut dip that’ll leave you wanting more!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

“Simple ingredients, outstanding taste—try this halibut dip today!”

Preparing in advance can help you throw an incredible party without getting frazzled. You can make the halibut dip one day ahead and store it in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

Leftovers can be stored in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator for up to three days. To reheat, gently warm it in a pot or microwave-safe dish, stirring occasionally until heated through. Avoid overheating as this might cause the dip to separate.

A useful tip for freezing is to store the dip without toppings or garnishes. Once it’s cooled completely, place it into an airtight container or freezer bag, remove any excess air and freeze them for up to 2 months. When reheating from frozen, gently warm over low heat until thawed and heated through, then add your choice of toppings.

Please keep in mind that the texture of the dip may change after freezing, but it’ll still taste delish! Take note that a common problem with storing dips like this is that they can get watery over time. To reduce water separation, let the cream cheese come to room temperature before mixing, which will help everything blend uniformly.

Pro Tip: Halibut dip can be served hot or cold depending on your preferences. If you’re doing meal prep for the week or planning a gathering ahead of time, make sure to refrigerate until ready to serve or reheat as needed to preserve freshness.

Tips for Perfect Results

“Upgrade your chips and dip game with this velvety halibut dip.”

Making the perfect dip requires attention to detail and a bit of finesse. Here are some tips that will help you create the perfect halibut dip recipe every time.

1. Use fresh ingredients: One of the most important factors in creating delicious dips is to use fresh ingredients. Make sure your halibut is fresh or has been thawed appropriately if using frozen fish. Use the freshest celery, scallions, and banana peppers to give your dip that extra crunch.

2. Don’t skip on the spices: The combination of onion powder, garlic, and Dijon mustard adds a unique flavor profile to this recipe. So make sure you don’t skimp on these spices as they can elevate your dish to new heights.

3. Adjust seasoning according to your preference: Adding a bit of pickle juice can enhance the overall flavor of your halibut dip recipe. But if you find it too salty or tangy, adjust it according to your preference by adding more mayonnaise or sour cream.

4. Let it rest for a few hours: Always let your halibut dip sit in the refrigerator for a few hours before serving so that all the flavors meld together and the consistency thickens up.

5. Experiment with different variations: Don’t be afraid to experiment with different variations until you find the one that you like best. You can swap out halibut for another fish like smoked salmon or even try adding artichokes or jalapeños for an extra kick.

6. Get creative with presentation: Presentation is key when serving dips at parties. You can serve it with crackers, chips, or veggies on a platter, or even scoop it back into the halibut fish skin for a fun twist.

Using these tips will help take your halibut dip recipe from ordinary to extraordinary – perfect for impressing guests at any party!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this halibut dip recipe is a must-try recipe for any seafood lover out there. The combination of fresh, cooked or smoked halibut with cream cheese, sour cream, mayonnaise and flavorful spices make it the perfect appetizer or snack for any occasion.

This recipe is not only delicious but also highly versatile, as you can customize it to your liking by adding different ingredients or varying the spice level. Additionally, it’s incredibly easy to make and requires just a few minutes of prep work.

So why not break away from the same old boring dips and spreads and try something new? Trust me, this halibut dip recipe will soon become your new go-to dish whenever you need to impress your guests. Give it a try and see for yourself!

Halibut Dip

Halibut Dip Recipe

Yummy and simple dip made from baked halibut. A party favorite!
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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine North American
Calories 64.3 kcal


  • 1 1/2 cups cooked halibut
  • 1/8 cup banana pepper, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons sweet cherry peppers, finely chopped
  • 3 stalks celery, finely diced
  • 3 scallions, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon dill pickle, finely diced
  • 1/2-3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon celery salt
  • salt and pepper


  • Combine all ingredients and salt and pepper to taste. The amount of mayo used will depend on the amount of fish you have, and how moist it is. So, start with a small amount, such as ¼ cup and add more until you get your desired consistency. This is NOT a creamy-like salad with mayo. The mayo binds the dip, but doesn’t mask the flavor of the halibut.
  • Serve with crackers and veggies. I particularly like to stuff celery with it. But, I’m weird like that.
  • HINT: Halibut is a delicate fish and doesn’t take a long time to cook. A simple method – Preheat oven to 400, salt and pepper fish on both sides, place in oiled pan to prevent sticking. Cook 15 – 20 minutes, depending on how thick the fish is. Fish should be moist, flaky and opaque. If it is still a bit translucent, cook an addition 1 -2 minutes.

Your Own Notes


Serving: 28gCalories: 64.3kcalCarbohydrates: 4.9gProtein: 0.5gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 0.7gCholesterol: 3.8mgSodium: 153.2mgFiber: 0.6gSugar: 1.6g
Keyword < 60 Mins, Beginner Cook, Christmas, Easy, Halibut
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