Market Fish with Pumpkin Asparagus Salad & Lemon Aioli

Market Fish with Pumpkin Asparagus Salad & Lemon Aioli

A flavourful salad beautifully complements pan-fried fish in this healthy and delicious dish.
Servings 4
Total Time 35 mins



  • 1 red onion cut into wedges
  • 400 g pumpkin wedges
  • 1 tsp oil
  • 250 g asparagus cut into thirds
  • 1 can brown lentils drained & rinsed
  • 2 carrots peeled into ribbons
  • 2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 25 g chopped walnuts
  • 75 g baby spinach


  • 600 g market fish
  • 2 tsp oil

To Serve

  • 1 bunch basil leaves picked
  • 1 lemon cut into wedges
  • 3 Tbsp lemon aioli or store-bought plain aioli


  • Before you start, preheat oven to 220°C (or 200°C fan bake).
  • Prep onion. Toss pumpkin, onion and oil on a lined oven tray. Season with salt and pepper and roast for 25 minutes. Meanwhile, prep asparagus, lentils and carrot. After 25 minutes, remove tray from oven and add asparagus, balsamic vinegar and walnuts.
  • Return tray to oven to cook for a further 5 minutes, until vegetables are tender. Remove from oven and toss through lentils to warm through. Toss with carrots and baby spinach just before serving and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Pat fish dry and remove any remaining scales or bones. Cut larger fillets in half and season with salt.
  • When vegetables have 10 minutes cook time remaining, heat half the oil in a large fry-pan on medium-high heat. Cook fish in batches for about 2 minutes each side, until just cooked through. Use second half of oil for second batch.
  • To finish, prep basil and lemon.
  • Serve vegetables topped with fish and a dollop of lemon aioli. Sprinkle over basil and serve lemon wedges on the side for squeezing.

Meet the Chef

Amber ‘Agria’

Amber ‘Agria’ is the brain and taste buds behind our Gourmet and Fresh Start Bags! Her favourite part of the role? Creating the recipes and eating them, of course! When it comes to local, New Zealand produce, Amber sure is a pro. Her favourite has to be asparagus, so she’s especially happy when asparagus season rolls around.

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