Recipe for saffron fish and spring vegetables with a healthy new take. A modern spin on an old classic – Saffron Infused Fish Fillet, Carrots with Pistachio Pesto, Peas with Lemon and Mint, and grilled Asparagus with Balsamic Vinegar. It takes 30 minutes to get fish and vegetables that everyone will rave about. 

Recipe for Fish and Vegetables – Spring into Health

Recipe for fish and 3 vegetables. Carrots in Pistachio Pesto in this picture. Recipe on

Carrots with Pistachio Pesto

As the rain came down on Easter Sunday, this recipe started to come about. The first part of the three vegetables was the carrots in pistachio pesto. The lemon minted peas had been the original idea, but the fish in saffron was simply because the favour combination of pistachio, mint and lemon needed a partner of warming scented indulgence.

This is a recipe for success if you have guests, or want to indulge yourself.  The herbs and spices flirt with the warmth and sweetness of the Middle East and you can be sure of the health boosting freshness that you are about to experience. If you prefer Chicken or Vegetarian alternatives check below for suggestions. This is for your spring health inspiration, so feel free to vary and change according to what you have at home and prefer. Enjoy!

Recipe for Fish and Vegetables – A New Take 

Saffron Fish, Carrots with Pistachio Pesto, Minted Lemon Peas and Asparagus
Serves 1
Spring into health with this new take on an old classic. Fish and 3 Veg with middle eastern inspired spices and herbs, nutty sweetness and saffron infused warmth. Perfect for guests, or an indulgence for one. The recipe is for 1, so add quantity as needed.
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
30 min
951 calories
68 g
119 g
53 g
59 g
7 g
757 g
291 g
27 g
0 g
43 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 951
Calories from Fat 464
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 53g
Saturated Fat 7g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 14g
Monounsaturated Fat 29g
Cholesterol 119mg
Sodium 291mg
Total Carbohydrates 68g
Dietary Fiber 22g
Sugars 27g
Protein 59g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
For the Fish
  1. 1 Fish fillet
  2. 1 Saffron sachet
  3. 1 teaspoon Olive Oil
For Carrots with Pistachio Pesto
  1. 4 Carrots (small)
  2. 50 gram shelled Pistachio nuts
  3. 2 teaspoons Olive Oil
For Minted Lemon Peas
  1. 100 gram Peas (frozen)
  2. 1/2 small onion or 1 shallot
  3. 1 Lemon
  4. 5 Mint sprigs
  5. 1 teaspoon Olive Oil
For the Asparagus
  1. 4 Asparagus
  2. 1 teaspoon Balsamic Vinegar
  1. Set Oven to 200 degrees (Celcius)
  2. Mix saffron sachet with olive oil, and let fish infuse until you have prepared the vegetables (approx 10 minutes).
  3. Place Fish on grease proof paper in the oven. Cooking time 8 - 10 minutes (max) until just done and glistening of saffron gold warmth.
Carrots with Pistachio Pesto
  1. Chop your carrots and set aside
  2. Take 50 g of shelled pistachio nuts and place in food processor, or in a high container for a handheld processor action. Let the machine take care of the breaking down of the nuts until they release their own fats and transform into nut butter. When the pistachio nut butter is ready add olive oil until you get a smooth green nutty pesto.
  3. Steam carrots for 5 - 8 minutes. They should still have 'give' when you bite into them.
  4. Just before serving add your pistachio pesto to the steaming carrots. Turn so all carrots are coated.
For the Lemon Minted Peas
  1. Grate the peel of 1 Lemon. You will need the peel for this recipe, and the lemon juice can be squeezed into a glass of goodness for your pleasure later.
  2. Steam your peas with the onion for 5 minutes until just done and still bright green in colour.
  3. Add lemon peel cut into small bits, mint sprigs and olive oil to the steaming peas and serve.
  1. Peel your asparagus, and snap off the harder end core.
  2. Place the asparagus on the same grease proof paper as the fish (see above), and sprinkle balsamic vinegar.
  3. Grill the asparagus for same time as fish, and take them out when they look slightly charred and are softish to the touch.
  4. Serve and Enjoy!
  1. Plan the cooking so all is served at the same time. I normally first put the fish and asparagus into the oven, and then steam the carrots, followed soon after by the peas. When the fish is out of oven and resting, I quickly mix the pistachio pesto into the carrots; lemon and mint into the peas and then serve it all onto one platter. This recipe is made for one - and you can double, triple or quadruple according to need. Enjoy!
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The great thing with this recipe is that you can vary it according to your tastes. If you prefer Chicken, why not marinate a breast in saffron, and grill it (takes slightly longer than the fish). For your vegetarian option just add grilled saffron infused Halloumi, or increase the vegetable servings and place on top of a raw spinach bed. Your imagination can run wild, and as long as this inspires you — we are happy. Feel free to share how your take on The GOODista recipe came out. 

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