Grilled white fish with zucchini and kale pesto

Grilled white fish with zucchini and kale pesto

Fire up the grill—or just pretend that your kitchen is the new outdoors — and treat yourself to this yummy seared white fish meal, complete with crisp ribbons of zucchini. The finishing touch? A fresh, delicate kale pesto makes this keto dish burst with flavor!

Grilled white fish with zucchini and kale pesto

Fire up the grill—or just pretend that your kitchen is the new outdoors — and treat yourself to this yummy seared white fish meal, complete with crisp ribbons of zucchini. The finishing touch? A fresh, delicate kale pesto makes this keto dish burst with flavor!
USMetric
4 servingservings

Ingredients

Kale pesto
  • 3 oz. 75 g kale
  • 3 tbsp 3 tbsp lemon juice or lime juice
  • 2 oz. 50 g walnuts
  • 1 1 garlic clovegarlic cloves
  • ½ tsp ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • ¾ cup 175 ml olive oil
Fish and zucchini
  • 2 2 zucchini
  • 1 tbsp 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • ½ tsp ½ tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1½ lbs 650 g white fish (thawed at room temperature, if frozen)
  • ¼ tsp ¼ tsp ground black pepper

Instructions

Instructions are for 4 servings. Please modify as needed.

  1. Start preparing the pesto by chopping the kale roughly. Place the kale, walnuts, lime and garlic in a blender or food processor, and purée until smooth. Season with salt and pepper. Add the oil towards the end and process a bit more. Set aside.
  2. Rinse the zucchini and cut thinly with a sharp knife, slicer or mandolin. Put the slices in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper to taste, and dress with lemon juice and olive oil. Set aside.
  3. Add salt to both sides of the fish and let sit for a few minutes. Wipe off excess liquid and brush with oil.
  4. Grill or fry the fish for a few minutes on each side. Add pepper and serve together with the zucchini and pesto.

Tip!

The pesto is a wonderful accompaniment to many different dishes—red meats, chicken, and roasted vegetables come to mind, but it also complements eggs, fried halloumi and salads. Leftover pesto can be stored in the refrigerator for 3-4 days or in the freezer for up to one month.

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12 comments

  1. lisa
    Excellent!!!!
  2. Jacqueline
    What is a good substitute for kale. I don't like kale. I have tried fixing it a lot of ways and just cannot eat it.
    Reply: #3
  3. Angelica
    I've made pesto with spinach before. It was good!
  4. Christina
    So the zucchini are left row or need to be cooked with the fish?
  5. Preeti Sd
    Where can I get Kale leaves either online or anywhere in Bangalore!! I have searched for it so much that now I'm almost giving up. It's not even available on big basket.com Even when they notify that is lt is available but every time it gets out of stock and I never got it.. Please help.
    Reply: #9
  6. Jennyfer
    How many grams is the zucchini. They come in all sizes.
    Reply: #7
  7. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    How many grams is the zucchini. They come in all sizes.

    1 medium zucchini is approximately 196g.
    https://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ndb/foods/show/11477?fgcd=&manu=&f...

  8. Daniela
    So.... I bought all the ingredients for the entire week but they cut me short on the zucchini so I used quarters or artichoke hearts from a can only few pieces, I chose Tilapia for my fish and changed the walnuts to pecans and used less. It’s delish!!!! I also cooked it all in a pan over butter gave it much more flavor! So stayed in KETO mode but modified and it turned out amazing!!!!
  9. Daniela
    Farmers market/whole foods/harris teeter
  10. Ange
    I hate fish but I made this and it was surprisingly yummy.
    I put turmeric powder on the fish before frying.
  11. devlin_nossiter
    Hi there, my wife was making this and commented that in the instructions there are no actual instructions about cooking the fish! She made the assumption that the fish was referrred to in bullet 3 & 4. We also lightly fried the zucchini as we just couldn't eat it raw. Not sure this will be on our list of favourites going forward.
    Reply: #12
  12. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    Hi there, my wife was making this and commented that in the instructions there are no actual instructions about cooking the fish! She made the assumption that the fish was referrred to in bullet 3 & 4. We also lightly fried the zucchini as we just couldn't eat it raw. Not sure this will be on our list of favourites going forward.

    Thank you for your feedback, I will request that the instructions be clarified!

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