Indian Spiced Sea Bass with Braised Red Lentils is a healthful way to spice up a winter night!
Although January has 31 days just like a number of other months, it seems even longer than that to me. It’s cold, it’s dark and it’s dreary. Taking decent food photos this time of year is not for the faint-hearted!
Besides the weather, we’re all trying to eat healthier and make plans for the year that lies before us. Let’s forget about all that and do something exotic like Indian Spiced Sea Bass with Braised Red Lentils!
The combination of spices that encrust the sea bass in this dish packs a real flavor punch. Hungarian paprika is more pungent than regular sweet paprika. Hungarian paprika is available at any grocery store, however if you can’t find it or don’t wish to buy it, use sweet and just add a little more cayenne.
Almost any fish will work with this dish such as salmon, trout, grouper, cod, etc. I actually used barramundi which is an Asian sea bass but Chilean will work too!
The fish is paired with a lively braised red lentil dish. Red lentils, also referred to as pink lentils or masoor dal, cook much faster than brown or green lentils. Besides the fact they cook faster, I love red lentils because they cook to a soft, almost sauce-like consistency which pairs well with a simply-prepared protein such as this fish.
While you could certainly make your own curry powder blend for the lentils, I use a good quality blend from a local Indian grocery store.
This dish is amazing as is, but a cooling raita or a dollop or two of yogurt is a lovely addition!
Indian Spiced Sea Bass with Braised Red Lentils!
Garnish with lime wedges and cilantro sprigs, add a little bit of yogurt and you’ll forget all about the long month of January!
Be sure to check out some of my other delicious Indian-inspired meals!
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- 2 tablespoons canola or coconut oil
- 1/2 large onion, finely chopped (about 1 cup)
- 1 medium carrot, finely chopped (about 1/2 cup)
- 1 small red bell pepper, chopped (about 1/2 cup)
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon minced ginger
- 1 tablespoon curry powder (hot or mild)
- 2 plum tomatoes, seeded and chopped
- 2-3 cups vegetable or chicken broth (as needed)
- 3/4 cup red lentils
- 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro, plus more for garnish
- Lime wedges (optional)
- Plain yogurt (optional)
- 1 tablespoon Hungarian paprika
- 2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 2 teaspoons ground coriander
- 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 (6-8 ounce) sea bass fillets, skinned
- 1 tablespoon canola or coconut oil
LENTILS: Heat oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion, then reduce heat to medium-low and cook 3-4 minutes or until it begins to soften. Add carrot and red bell pepper. Continue to cook 5-7 minutes or until vegetables are very soft.
Add garlic, ginger and curry powder, stir several times and cook briefly or until fragrant (no longer than 30 seconds or these can burn). Add tomatoes and vegetable broth and bring to a boil. Add lentils, reduce heat to low and simmer uncovered 20 minutes or until lentils are very tender, adding more vegetable broth if needed. Add vinegar then season to taste with salt and black pepper. Stir in cilantro and serve with fish.
FISH: Prepare salmon while the lentils cook. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine paprika, cumin, coriander, turmeric, cayenne, black pepper and salt on a plate. Coat fish fillets well on all sides.
Heat oil in a skillet or sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add the fish and cook 1-2 minutes per side. Transfer to the oven and bake 10 minutes or to an internal temperature of 145 degrees and fish easily flakes with a fork.
Serve over lentils with lime wedges, plain yogurt and garnished with cilantro sprigs.
Amount Per Serving Calories 1301 with yogurt Total Fat 39g Saturated Fat 22g Trans Fat 0g Unsaturated Fat 12g Cholesterol 270mg Sodium 2551mg Carbohydrates 95g Fiber 35g Sugar 28g Protein 150g