As the temps continue to drop, we’re craving comfort foods that celebrate fall. This week we’re bundling up for one last trip to the farmer’s market because we are still loving fall flavors—especially pumpkin! In addition to being fun to carve, pumpkin is a fall cook’s go-to because it adds rib-sticking richness to just about any seafood dish. Its natural sweetness brings out the best in fish, with a mellowness that complements the flavors of various cuisines—from Southwestern to South Asian. If you usually associate pumpkin with muffins or spiced lattes, c’mon in to our kitchen to experience the savory side of this versatile squash.
As we strive to “eat the rainbow” of vegetables, bright-orange pumpkin is a smart choice. In addition to being low in fat and calories, pumpkin is especially high in vitamins A and C for immune health, beta carotene for healthy eyes and dietary fiber, which can help curb appetite. When paired with seafood, pumpkin becomes a supercharged superfood!
While it’s fun to pick your own pumpkins, canned pumpkin is healthy, budget-friendly and convenient for today’s recipe round-up. Just be sure you buy 100% puréed pumpkin and not pumpkin pie filling, which is meant for desserts. Pantry tip: Canned puréed pumpkin is not always readily available during the rest of the year, so now is a great time to stock up on this shelf-stable staple.
We’ve assembled a bumper crop of pumpkin and seafood recipes that we know will become some of your family’s favorites. Enjoy!
Traditional New England chowder gets a South Asian makeover in this tasty soup spiked with coconut milk, ginger and curry. Pumpkin purée adds complexity to this exotic dish. Plus, it’s ready to serve in 20 minutes!
Whether you’re looking for a gluten-free meal or just want to lower your carb intake, spaghetti squash fits the bill. This recipe features long strands of roasted squash “pasta” topped with a savory miso-pumpkin sauce and buttery scallops. We think it would be amazing with seared shrimp, too!
This dish is tailor-made for date night: simple to cook, elegant to plate! Seared scallops are the star of this scrumptious risotto that is satisfying, nutritious and offers a taste of fall in every bite.
If you’re a shrimp-and-grits fan who prefers things on the hot side, you’ll love these silky, smoky grits featuring juicy shrimp, pumpkin and the added crunch of bacon and pumpkin seeds. No leftovers, guaranteed!
What’s not to love about easy sheet-pan dinners? This one-dish meal pairs heart-healthy salmon with roasted pumpkin and a garlicky herb pesto for a seasonal treat in no time! While the recipe calls for fresh butternut pumpkin (“butterkin”), any available winter squash will provide autumnal appeal.