Sesame Ginger Fish Cakes (Paleo, Whole30 + Keto)

These sesame ginger fish cakes have a clean, fresh flavor filled with ginger, cilantro, garlic, sesame and lime. Try out these out for a new treat.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 cakes
Calories 212 kcal
Author Justin + Erica Winn | Real Simple Good


  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger
  • 1 shallot
  • 4-6 cloves garlic (we like garlic so we used 6)
  • 1/2 cup cilantro
  • 2 limes
  • 16 oz firm white fish (halibut, cod, tilapia) (we have used both halibut and cod and it is great with either)
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1 tsp paprika (plus additional for sprinkling)
  • 2 tbsp arrowroot flour
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • Salt to taste


  1. Start by peeling the skin off of the fresh ginger and chopping it into a few chunks. Do the same with the shallot and peel the garlic also. Zest 1 lime.

  2. Throw the ginger, shallot, garlic, cilantro and lime zest into a food processor. Squeeze in the juice of the zested lime and pulse the ingredients until everything is chopped up well.

  3. Chop your fish into cubes and add it to the processor.
  4. Add in the fish sauce, 1 tbsp of the sesame seeds, paprika and arrowroot flour and pulse everything quickly until it is mixed together well and you don't have any bigger chunks of fish left. Don't process it too long, you want just a quick chop to get everything chopped and mixed.

  5. Next, form the fish mixture into medium sized patties with your hands. If it feels like there is excess moisture in the mixture squeeze it out a little while you form the patties.

  6. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add in the sesame oil. Allow the pan to get good and hot before you put any of the patties in so you can get them nice and brown and crispy on the outside.
  7. Place your fish cakes in the hot skillet and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Cook just a few minutes on each side, until the fish is cooked through and the cakes are golden brown. You'll know when to flip the cakes when you see a brown crust forming at the edges and the bottom side is golden brown. Add more sesame seeds to the other side after flipping.
  8. Transfer to a paper towel lined plate to absorb any excess oil. Sprinkle with paprika and serve with lime wedges. Squeeze the lime over your fish cake prior to eating. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Nutrition facts are an estimate provided for those following a Ketogenic or low-carb diet. See our full nutrition information disclosure here.  

Nutrition Facts
Sesame Ginger Fish Cakes (Paleo, Whole30 + Keto)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 212 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Protein 21g42%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.