Completely Keto Fish Stew

In a vibrant coastal village where the rhythm of the waves dictated the pace of life, there lived a chef whose culinary talents were as vast as the ocean itself. Known for her commitment to the keto lifestyle and her love for the bounty of the sea, she embarked on a quest to create a dish that would embody the essence of her coastal home while catering to the nutritional needs of her health-conscious community. Her creation, the Completely Keto Fish Stew, was to become a culinary masterpiece, celebrating the marriage of sea and shore in a harmony of flavors.

The chef’s inspiration came from the local fishermen, who would return at dawn with their catches, the decks of their boats glistening with a variety of fish. She chose thick, meaty varieties like sea bass, halibut, mahi mahi, grouper, and ocean perch for their ability to stand up to the stewing process without falling apart, ensuring that each spoonful was a perfect blend of broth and substance.

To the clear, pure water that would form the stew’s base, she added paprika and turmeric, spices known for their vibrant colors and health benefits. The paprika lent a smoky depth, while the turmeric, with its anti-inflammatory properties, imbued the stew with a golden hue, reminiscent of the sun setting over the sea.

Olive oil, the liquid gold of the Mediterranean, was chosen for its heart-healthy fats, adding richness and a silky mouthfeel to the broth. Green olives, pitted and briny, were tossed in to add bursts of flavor, their saltiness a tribute to the ocean’s embrace.

Tomatoes, whether fresh from the local gardens or carefully selected from canned varieties for their convenience and consistency, brought acidity and sweetness, balancing the stew’s robust flavors. A head of fennel, sliced whisper-thin, contributed a subtle anise aroma, weaving complexity into the dish’s flavor profile.

Garlic, minced into a fragrant paste, was the heart of the stew, its pungent warmth infusing the broth with a comforting depth. Swiss chard, in hues of red and green, was added for its earthy taste and nutritional prowess, the leaves and stems wilting into tender morsels that enriched the stew with vitamins and minerals.

The Completely Keto Fish Stew was more than a dish; it was a celebration of the chef’s heritage, a tribute to the fishermen and farmers who shaped the village’s culture. It was a testament to her belief that food should nourish the body and soul, a harmonious blend of flavors that spoke of the sea’s bounty and the earth’s generosity.

In this coastal village, the stew became a symbol of community and wellness, a reminder of the simple pleasures that come from eating foods that are both delicious and nurturing. The chef’s Completely Keto Fish Stew was not just a meal; it was an experience, a journey through the flavors of the coast that left all who tasted it feeling a little closer to the sea.

Harlan Kilstein’s Completely Keto Fish Stew

Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8
Calories: 356 kcal


  • 3 Pounds skinless boneless sea bass or halibut, mahi mahi, grouper or ocean perch, or whichever is available at your local fish market. Keep in mind these fish are thick and are less likely to fall apart than flounder or sole.
  • 2 Cups water
  • 2 Tbs Paprika
  • 1 1/2 Tsps Tumeric
  • 1/2 Cup Olive oil
  • 30 Pitted green olives
  • 3 Cups diced tomatoes or canned is ok as well
  • 1 Head fennel sliced very thin
  • 10 Cloves garlic minced
  • 2 bunches swiss chard red or green or one of each, cut into 1 inch strips stems included


  1. Using an Insta Pot on Quick/Pressure Cook mode place all ingredients in Insta Pot starting with all of the vegetables and spices, olive oil and olives stirring the flavors all together at first, and then end by adding the fish in and mixing gently with a wooden spoon or spatula.

  2. Cook for 15 minutes

  3. Serve hot garnished with cilantro on top

Recipe Notes

*When preparing these ingredients please keep in mind that the chard reduces in volume in a matter of minutes. So not to worry if the Insta Pot looks too full.

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