Halibut Burger with Blueberry Relish by Chef Ned Bell

BC Chef Ned Bell was recently appointed as the Buy BC Chef Ambassador. The organization is run by the Ministry of Agriculture and Food and promotes awareness and support for food and beverages produced in B.C. In celebration of this news, Chef Ned Bell shared with us his delicious Halibut Burger with Blueberry Relish recipe. Enjoy!

Halibut Burger with Blueberry Relish

Halibut Burger with Blueberry Relish

Serves 4



– 2 eggs

– 2 egg yolks

– 3 Tbsp Dijon mustard

– Zest and juice of 2 limes

– Zest and juice of 2 lemons

-1 tsp sea salt

– 1 tsp coarsely ground black pepper

– 2 cups canola oil


In a food processor or blender (or use an immersion blender), combine the eggs, egg yolks, mustard, lime zest and juice, lemon zest and juice, and salt and pepper. With the machine running, slowly add the oil in a thin steady stream until the mixture is emulsified and thickened and all the oil has been incorporated. Taste and adjust seasoning with more salt, pepper, or citrus if desired. Can be made ahead of time; will keep refrigerated for up to 3 days.




– 2 tsp canola oil

– 1 small shallot, finely chopped

– 1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries (divided)

– 1 1/2 Tbsp honey

– 1 1/2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar

– 1/2 tsp sea salt

– 1/2 tsp coarsely ground black pepper


Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the shallots and sauté for 5 minutes or until tender and translucent. Add 1 cup of the blueberries, honey, vinegar, and salt and pepper. Cook for 12 minutes or until saucy and the blueberries have broken down.

Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the remaining 1/2 cup of blueberries. Set aside to cool. (Relish can be made and refrigerated several days ahead.)




– 1 bulb fennel, halved and core removed

– 1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil

– 1 Tbsp lemon juice (1/2 lemon)

– Sea salt and coarsely ground black pepper


Using a mandoline or sharp knife, slice the fennel paper thin. Toss in a bowl with the oil and lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper to taste.




– 4 (4 to 5 oz) skinless halibut fillets

– Sea salt and coarsely ground black pepper

– 1 Tbsp canola oil

– 2 Tbsp unsalted butter

– 2 sprigs thyme, leaves only

– 1 lemon, halved

– 4 soft hamburger buns, to serve

– 4 butter lettuce leaves, to serve

– 4 dill pickles, halved lengthwise, to serve


Use paper towels to pat the fish dry, and season with salt and pepper. Heat the oil in a heavy-bottomed, ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat until almost smoking.

Carefully lay the fish in the pan. (If necessary, cook the fish in batches to prevent overcrowding, which will keep the fish from caramelizing properly.) Reduce the heat to medium and cook for 2 to 3 minutes; a golden crust will have formed on the flesh.

Flip the fillets over and add the butter, the thyme, and a squeeze of lemon over each fish. Cook, basting with the buttery juices, for another 3 to 4 minutes or until browned and almost opaque all the way through. Transfer to a plate.

Assemble the burgers with a lettuce leaf and the fish, fennel slaw, and citrus mayo.

Serve with blueberry relish and a dill pickle.


Tip: When you’re craving a burger but don’t want a gut bomb, swap out the fatty beef for a thick fillet of halibut. It’s just as satisfying, and the mild fish is amenable to whatever flavours you want to throw at it. For this take, I slather the fillets in citrusy mayo and a sweet-savoury blueberry relish that puts boring old ketchup to shame. I pile on a shaved fennel slaw for crunch.


Note: These and more recipes as well as restaurants featuring BC Blueberries on their menus can be found at gobluebc.ca 



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