Blueberry Halibut with Feta Spinach Cauliflower Mash – Delishar

I love Halibut. I love the delicious firm and meaty texture of this lovely white fish known as the largest flatfish in the ocean. Due to the firmness of the flesh, it can withstand a more robust cooking just be careful not to overcook, or it’ll dry out.  I like searing the fish with very little seasoning as I feel that by doing so, it accentuates the natural flavour of the fish. And searing the fish helps to keep the flesh moist. There is nothing worse than to mask the delicious taste of quality seafood with tons of spices. 


I got my supply of Alaskan Halibut from The Alaska Guys (TAG). I’ve collaborated with them for a while now, and they have never failed to supply me with the best quality Alaskan seafood. I’ve learnt a lot about Alaskan seafood and the fishery industry from Kevin, the founder or TAG. I’ve found out that Atlantic halibut is classified as endangered species, while halibut around Greenland is considered threatened. However, the Halibut from TAG are sustainable line-caught Pacific halibut. I found that interesting as I had no idea that there are such differences, and of course I want to support sustainable seafood.

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I also found out that the ‘halibut’ we get from out local markets here are usually turbots. Turbot is also a flatfish similar to halibut, but it isn’t halibut. Turbots are smaller, wider, kind of rounder in appearance. While Halibuts are bigger fish, and longer with a white bottom side. That made me feel slightly cheated. I mean, I don’t want to be playing for a good glass of wine, only to be served grape juice cause it kind of looks alike. Well, not that bad but you get the gist. 

Anyway, back to this delicious meal I made. The husband claimed that this meal topped all the other meals and is now on his top 10 favourite list. He loved the texture of the fish, with a slightly crisped up golden crust, and moist lovely flesh that flakes off piece by piece. The blueberry sauce was a suggestion from Kevin. He said that his mom used to make a blueberry sauce to serve atop fish, and asked if I can recreate it.

The sauce was absolutely delicious! It paired nicely with some chicken breast the next day too! The husband and I loved it so much. The husband also commented that this was the best cauliflower mash recipe I’ve made. All in all this meal was a very satisfying low-carb meal that I will be making again sometime soon. 

Halibut with blueberry sauce process

Pan-Seared Halibut with Fresh Blueberry Sauce


Prep Time 5 minutes

Cook Time 5 minutes

Total Time 10 minutes

Fresh Blueberry Sauce

  • 1 Cup fresh blueberries + 2 tbsp fresh blueberries
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1-2 sprigs thyme

Pan Seared Halibut

  • 4 fillet of Halibut about 200g each
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Pat dry Halibut fillets, and season both sides with paprika, salt and pepper.

  • Start cooking the sauce.

  • Place 1 cup fresh blueberries in saucepan together with sugar, lemon juice, and thyme.

  • Simmer for 3 minutes, and then add the remaining 2 tbsp of blueberries.

  • Allow to simmer for another 1-2 minutes until syrupy.

  • Remove from heat and set aside.

  • Heat a frying pan on medium high, and add oil.

  • When oil is shimmering, sear fish presentation side down.

  • Do not touch or flip it for 3-4 minutes to get a nice golden sear.

  • Flip and allow to cook for another 2 minutes or until done.

  • Serve with sauce over fish.

Spinach and Feta Mashed Cauliflower


Serves 4-6

  • 1 medium head cauliflower cut into small florets
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup cream cheese
  • 1 cup cooked fresh spinach squeezed of excess liquid and coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup feta crumbled
  • 2 tbsp chopped spring onions
  • 1 tbsp chopped cilantro
  • Milk to taste
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Steam cauliflower until fork tender, about 10 minutes.

  • Mash the cauliflower with a food processor along with butter and cream cheese.

  • Add enough milk to bring the mashed cauliflower to the desired consistency.

  • Mix in spinach, feta, cilantro, and green onion.

  • Season with salt and pepper to taste.

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Loaded Cauliflower Mash – Delishar

I never use to like cauliflower before I started cooking for the family. I always though that it was an inferior cousin of the nutrient rich gorgeous green broccoli. Putting them beside each other, the cauliflower kind of pale in comparison in the visual appeal department. But after starting to learn more about cooking and ingredients, I found out that I could not be more wrong!

The dear cauliflower loaded with fantastic health benefits. For starters, it is packed full of vitamin C. Cauliflower is in the family of cruciferous vegetables. It is recommended to include cruciferous vegetables in our diet 3 times a week. Some of the health benefits of consuming cauliflower includes detox support, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, cardiovascular support, and digestive support. 

What really bought me over is how extremely versatile this head of vegetable can be! It is often used to replace simple carbohydrates in our daily diet. Great for people who are on a low-carb diet or diabetic patients. I’ve used it to make pizza dough, Cauliflower Fried ‘Rice’, Feta Spinach Cauliflower Mash, Roasted Curry Cauli-Poppers, and Rosemary Cauliflower Mash. Each and every time I made something with cauliflower as a carb substitute, the family can hardly tell the difference, and will always leave the table with their plates emptied. That’s a double bonus for me. I know my girls are eating their ‘greens’ and I get a low-carb meal in so I don’t feel sluggish after dinner! 

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Loaded Cauliflower Mash


  • 680 g cauliflower cut into florets
  • 4 pieces of bacon
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1/3 cup 75g sour cream
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 3 tbsp chopped spring onions
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • Place bacon on a tray and place in unheated oven.

  • Set temperature to 200C and cook for 20 minutes until bacon is crisp.

  • Alternatively, you can crisp up bacon in a pan on the stove top.

  • Crumble bacon and set aside.

  • Meanwhile, cook cauliflower and garlic in a pot of water until soften. (About 15 minutes)

  • Drain all the liquid from pot, and season cauliflower with salt and pepper.

  • Add sour cream, butter, and blend using a stick blender. If you don’t have one, you can put everything into a normal blender or food processor.

  • Blend until smooth, and mix in 2 tbsp of spring onion.

  • Transfer cauliflower mixture into a casserole or baking dish.

  • Sprinkle cheese and bacon on top.

  • Bake for about 3 minutes to melt cheese.

  • Garnish with remaining spring onions.

Adapted from Skinny Taste

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Almond Crusted Halibut with Cauliflower Mash – Delishar

Day 26 of Whole 30: To be honest, I’m quite disappointed that that legendary tiger blood is not flowing through my body nor the husband’s. He is always telling me how tired he feels. I wonder if it’s because his body is actually burning fats and glucose from the food we eat rather than the sugar that we consume in our normal diet.

He did say that although he isn’t a bundle of energy, he feels like his body doesn’t crash like it used to (from the sugar and extra caffeine). He also feels more mellow and less anxious as compared to before Whole 30. Perhaps mellow Devo is a tired Devo? 

I think it’ll be helpful to compile a list of grocers that sells Whole 30 compliant products. Yeah, I’ll do just that when I reflect back on the program after day 30. This way it’ll make your planning easier if you want to go on the program. 🙂

Let’s talk about this recipe. I was a little lazy to pan-fry my fish, and I really didn’t want my kitchen to be greasy. So I chose to bake it instead. Usually, I would have coated the fish with crushed cornflakes. But since it isn’t whole 30 compliant, I had to think of an alternative. 

I open up my pantry, and my packet of almond meal was staring right at me. I grabbed it and proceeded to doctor it up with spices. Brush on some ghee on my wild caught Alaskan Halibut to help the topping adhere to the fish. Baked both the fish and asparagus together. While the oven does it’s magic, I worked on the cauliflower mash.  

The whole meal was really good! I liked the almond crust and meaty halibut best, while the husband and kids were all over the cauliflower mash. The husband asked if it was mash potatoes, he said he couldn’t tell the difference. The girls could not differential either, all they said was,”Mmmm! Mash potatoes!” and was shoveling spoonfuls in their darling little faces. 

Oh, I made a recipe video to show you have this meal was put together. I’m still learning how to shoot cooking videos, so any feedback and tips will be helpful. 🙂

Almond Crusted Halibut with Cauliflower Mash


Almond crust

  • 1/2 cup 8 tbsp almond meal
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp parsley flakes
  • Zest of 1 lemon


  • 4 fillets of wild caught halibut I got mine from The Alaska Guys
  • 1 tbsp ghee
  • Salt and black pepper

Roasted asparagus

  • 500 g asparagus tough ends trimmed
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and black pepper

Cauliflower Mash

  • 1 kg cauliflower cut into florets
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 tbsp ghee
  • Salt and black pepper

Almond Crusted Halibut

  • Preheat oven to 200C.

  • Mix together all the ingredients for almond crust.

  • Place fish on parchment paper, and brush the top with ghee.

  • Spoon 2 tbsp of almond topping on top of fish, and pat it to spread it across the top evenly.

  • Bake 10-12 minutes at 200C.

Roasted Asparagus

  • Place asparagus on baking tray, single layer.

  • Drizzle olive oil, then season with salt and pepper.

  • Shake pan to coat asparagus with oil and seasoning.

  • Bake for 18-20 minutes at 200C.

Cauliflower Mash

  • Bring a large pot of water to boil, and season with salt.

  • Add cauliflower and garlic.

  • Cover and cook for 12 – 15 minutes, until cauliflower is tender.

  • Drain well, and return to pot pan.

  • Add ghee, season with black pepper & more salt (if needed).

  • Using a stick/immersion blender, blend until smooth and creamy.

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Cottage Pie with Cauliflower Mash (Whole 30, Paleo) – Delishar

Mashed cauliflower as a topping instead of mashed potatoes significantly reduces the total amount of carbohydrates for this dish. It lightens up the normally rich and heavy meal without compromising the comforting aspect associated with it.  

That after dinner crash that we are all familiar with? It’s not going to hit you as hard as you are used to, I promise. It is probably weird to say, “I feel good about eating this pie!”. But with this recipe, you can actually say that and feel the same way as well! The same amount of comfort for half the calories! 

Do you know the difference between a cottage pie and shepherd’s pie? A shepherd’s pie is made with minced lamb/mutton, and a cottage pie is made with minced beef. However, the term has been used so interchangeably that cottage pie is now more widely known as shepherd’s pie. Either name, both are equally delicious. 

This recipe is absolutely whole 30 compliant and utterly delicious! Which means it is gluten-free, sugar-free, and grain-free. My girls couldn’t tell the difference between this and the regular cottage pie that I usually make. So forget the junky supermarket frozen pie dinners. Make individual portions of this and freeze this instead! 

Cottage Pie with Cauliflower Mash



  • 400 g ground beef
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 yukon potato diced
  • 100 g french beans diced
  • 1/2 red pepper diced
  • 1 carrot diced
  • 1/2 med yellow onion diced
  • 2 ribs celery diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 10 swiss mushrooms diced
  • 1-1/4 cup veg or chicken broth
  • 1 tbsp arrowroot/tapioca flour
  • 3 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp Italian seasoning
  • Salt and black pepper to taste

Mash topping

  • 500 g cauliflower florets removed
  • 2 cloves garlic peeled
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • Preheat oven to 200C.

  • Bring a pot of salted water to boil, add cauliflower & garlic to cook for 12 minutes until fork tender.

  • Drain, then season with salt and black pepper.

  • With an immersion blender, blend cauliflower until smooth and creamy.

  • Heat oil in pan, and saute potatoes, onion, celery, carrot, and mushrooms until soften. About 8 minutes.

  • Then add minced garlic, meat, and Italian seasoning to cook until beef is brown.

  • Stir in tomato paste until combined.

  • Add arrowroot flour to chicken broth and whisk until combined.

  • Then slowly add to meat mixture, stirring consistently.

  • Allow to cook until thickened. Season with salt and black pepper.

  • Transfer filling to casserole dish, then top with cauliflower mash.

  • Bake for 30 minutes until bubbly.

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