Wasabi pumpkin purée has this surprisingly addictive combo of sweet and spicy. Great side dish to impress the guests and do something more dynamic than mashed potatoes.

Wasabi pumpkin purée is almost too simple to write down. The idea of mixing both together might sound odd to some… I was one of those sceptic at first. But if you dare, try it out! You’ll fall hard and probably want to make all your loved ones try ASAP. Yes, this kind of recipe!

Technique

The technique is quite similar to mashed potatoes, except for roasting the pumpkin before mashing them up with the usual milk, butter, wasabi, salt and pepper. This way, it brings in this caramelized touch that nobody can resist.

ponzu steak wasabi pumpkin puree

The Perfect Balance

If you are like me, finding that pumpkin, butternut squash or sweet potatoes are too sweet, I highly recommend adding some spice to it, whether it’s ginger, wasabi, chilli or else. This sweetness is balanced to perfection and way more pleasant to devour, especially with those extra citrus flavours and caramelized touch from the roasting of the pumpkin.

Australian Chef

I’m not the biggest fan of wasabi; I don’t add any to my sushis, for example, but in this particular combination, I go “gaga” over it! It’s an Australian Chef who showed me this recipe. Some elements work better when combined, for example, beets and goat cheese or peanut butter and jelly. Your brain might say no at first, but trust me, it will destroy all your senses! Of course, you’ll have to be careful with the dosage of wasabi since it’s a powerful ingredient and could easily overwhelm the dish. Add it little by little.

ponzu steak wasabi pumpkin puree
Ponzu steak on a wasabi pumpkin purée

Variation

You could do the exact same thing with squash or sweet potatoes. It changes from the usual mashed potato or rice, and it goes wonderfully with any protein, whether it’s fish, chicken, ponzu steak (like in the picture), etc.

If you want a new adventure for your taste buds, trust me! It’s the way!

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Wasabi Pumpkin Purée

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 197
A surprising but fantastic combo of sweet pumpkin purée and spicy wasabi to make any protein stand out and make a change from those regular mashed potatoes.

Ingredients

  • 750 g pumpkin (cut into cubes)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp wasabi paste
  • 100 ml milk
  • 30 g butter
  • salt and pepper

Instructions 

  • Add the olive oil, salt and pepper to the pumpkin and add to a rack in the oven; cook for about 25 minutes at 180°C (350°F) until golden.
  • When the pumpkin is ready, add it to a big bowl; add the milk, butter, wasabi paste, and mash until smooth.
  • Check the seasoning, and adjust the wasabi and salt to your taste.
Author: Marie Breton
Calories: 197kcal
Course: Acompañamiento, side dish
Cuisine: Americana, Fusion, japonese
Keyword: pumpkin, puree, side dish, sweet and spicy, wasabi

Nutrition

Calories: 197kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 66mg | Potassium: 704mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 2793IU | Vitamin C: 24mg | Calcium: 88mg | Iron: 1mg
Nutrition Facts
Wasabi Pumpkin Purée
Amount per Serving
Calories
197
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
14
g
22
%
Saturated Fat
 
5
g
31
%
Trans Fat
 
0.2
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
7
g
Cholesterol
 
19
mg
6
%
Sodium
 
66
mg
3
%
Potassium
 
704
mg
20
%
Carbohydrates
 
18
g
6
%
Fiber
 
3
g
13
%
Sugar
 
5
g
6
%
Protein
 
3
g
6
%
Vitamin A
 
2793
IU
56
%
Vitamin C
 
24
mg
29
%
Calcium
 
88
mg
9
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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6 Comments

  1. WOW! You better believe that I was salivating as I was reading + admiring the pictures. Def need to give it a try.

    • A really great combination it is. I was myself sceptic at first, but it is magical this mix! Hope you ll try and let me know;)

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