Indian spiced fish with mashed pumpkin

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.

The fish

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!

The pumpkin

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

This fish and mashed pumpkin dish is easy to make and so yummy!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 2 People


  • frying pan
  • pot
  • strainer/colander


  • 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

Mashed Pumpkin

  • 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!


Pumpkin – 2.8 grams of net carbs per 125 grams. 
Keyword Fish, Indian, keto, low carb, pumpkin

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6 comments / Add your comment below

  1. This looks delicious! Love that you added the “Equipment Needed”

  2. Sankhamala says:

    Being an Indian, I can’t wait to give it a try. I have never come through such a combination. Thanks for sharing!

      1. Kristen Wood says:

        Saving this recipe looks so yummy ! Loved where you said you had to ask fishmonger his fav fish lol

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