I was at my local grocery store the other day and was looking for some Mahi Mahi they didn’t have fresh and I usually find it in the vacuum sealed frozen section. Unfortunately they did not have any but I did run across a name I have heard a couple of times on TV but have never tried; Barramundi; I was intrigued enough to pick a package up. Yesterday I decided was the day we were going to have it for dinner.
Barramundi is a mild white buttery fish from Australia; it is also called The Sustainable Seabass.
We didn’t have internet all weekend; so my usual recipe searching wasn’t an option; I decided to keep it simple and a little light; I had on hand garlic, butter, lemon and basil which actually isn’t that unusual I pretty sure I always have them on hand. I also wanted something a little different for my sides. I haven’t had potato latkes in a real long time and they sounded yummy.
I didn’t want a lot of clean up since my usual dishwasher; my son; wasn’t home LOL. That’s not true I was just being a little lazy. I had my skillet ready for my potatoes; I cooked them up and set them aside, added my fish and cooked them for a few minutes on each side, in a small sauce pan I made my sauce and added to my fish and voila dinner. I bet it took less than 30 minutes for everything to be on the table.
It was delicious and very fresh, not even a little fishy smell; which is an added bonus that it didn’t smell up the house which sometimes fish can do. Not sure if you have ever shied away from buying frozen fish but it has never disappointed me. I do only buy the vacuum sealed kind; I don’t think you can go wrong since it was flash-frozen and sealed; try it if your store has it.
Salt and pepper
Dry the fish on both side salt and pepper. Heat skillet on medium high olive oil, place fish in skillet cook for about 5-7 minutes, turning once cook on the other side for another 3-5 minutes till just done, do not overcook it will become dry.
Garlic Butter Sauce
2 Tbs butter
2 cloves garlic
½ tsp dried basil
2 Tbs lemon juice – I had a half of a fresh lemon that I squeezed
I really do not measure so the above is a guideline; I had 2 fillets and covered them with the sauce.
Melt butter, garlic and basil on low do not brown the garlic but you want the flavors to meld together. Add the lemon juice, set aside till needed. This would taste delicious on any white fish.
Simple Potato Latkes
2 Potatoes peeled and grated
1 medium onion peeled and grated
Salt and pepper
If I am making a lot of them, I take out my food processor to grate the potatoes and onion. It was just my husband and I and I didn’t want left overs so I just brought out my box grater because I was making only a few.
Grate potatoes and onion, set aside and squeeze as much water out of them as you can. Add the beaten egg, salt and pepper and mix till all blended. Drop by spoonful and squish down with either a fork or I used my fish turner. Cook till browned, flip and cook the other side till browned. Keep warm in the oven if you need to.
So I would like apologize for the delay, our internet has been down all weekend and come to find out the router is dead. They are sending a new one out in the mail today. Who knew in this day and age trying to find WIFI in my little town would be so difficult. I couldn’t logon to my day job WIFI, I went to Dunkin Donuts at lunch and that was pretty painful; I left. One of the lunch spots in town USED to offer it, no more. I am currently sitting in my favorite restaurant having a yummy cocktail just so I can post my blog. Things I do for you all.
4 thoughts on “Barramundi with a Butter Garlic Lemon sauce”
Simple and refreshing!
Very easy and very light kind of a nice switch from all the hearty stews I’ve been making
This sounds delicious! I don’t like to buy frozen fish in a bag, but I have never tried the sealed paks, so thanks for that tip.
It was delish and super simple! I agree I always stayed cleared of the bag type but I could only find Mahi Mahi frozen in the sealed packages and they were always great tasting very fresh. What sealed the deal for me was I heard Alton Brown mention that the flash frozen sealed fish is actually a great buy and actually could be fresher than what is sitting in some grocery stores fresh fish display. who knew 🙂