I have never really been a big fish eater. However, as I am now living in Barcelona, and the Mediterranean is known for their amazing seafood, I decided to make an effort. I also have a shellfish allergy so fish is the only part of the amazing seafood here that I can indulge in. This easy Indian spiced fish with mashed pumpkin recipe is the first fish recipe I have tried, and I think it came out pretty delicious.
I really don’t know much about different types of fish. I literally went to the fishmonger in my supermarket and asked which one he liked. He recommended Llobarro. Llobarro is a European bass, also known as Lubina. The meat is finely textured and flakey, much like a snapper. I had the fishmonger scale, clean and fillet it…less work for me!
In addition to not being much of a fish eater, I also have to admit, I am not much of a vegetable eater either. I know!…. how am I even doing the keto diet? Well there are a select few vegetables that I do eat. The most popular keto vegetable, cauliflower, is the one I have most, even though I have to say, I do get tired of it sometimes too. When I saw this packaged pumpkin chunks, I decided to give it a try. Pumpkin is low carb and works great for keto.
Let’s now make this easy Indian spiced fish and mashed pumpkin! Drop me a comment and let me know how it was!
Here’s the recipe…
Indian Spiced Fish with Mashed Pumpkin
- frying pan
- 125 gram pumpkin cut into chunks
- 160 gram whole fish (fillet)
- .5 tsp Himalayan salt or to liking
- .5 tsp black pepper or to liking
- 1 tsp turmeric
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp paprika
- .5 tsp cardamom Strong flavor. If you like the stronger flavor you can do 1 tsp
- .5 tsp cumin Strong flavor. If you like the stronger flavor you can do 1 tsp
- Olive oil/Avocado Oil A little more than coating the pan
- salt to liking
- black pepper to liking
- garlic powder to liking
- .5 tblsp butter
- Add pumpkin to the pot and fill with water, enough to cover the pumpkin and put to boil for about 10 – 15 mins or until soft. Think soft potatoes for mashing.
- While the pumpkin is boiling, wash fish with water and lemon, season both sides well with the salt, black pepper, garlic, cardamom, turmeric, cumin and paprika.
- Once the pumpkin is done, drain through strainer and then let the pumpkin sit in the strainer over a bowl or in the sink to allow as much water to drain from the pumpkin.
- While the pumpkin is draining excess water, heat oil in the frying pan on medium until very hot. Once hot, place fish skin down in pan. About 5 minutes on skin side until crispy (keep an eye on this) and then turn fish for an additional 3 minutes until cooked thoroughly.
- Remove fish from pan once cooked and let it sit to rest.
- While the fish is resting, put drained pumpkin in a bowl. Add butter, salt, black pepper and garlic and mash with fork or potato masher until it is mashed to your desired consistency.
- Plate mashed pumpkin with fish and enjoy!
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