Pan-Fried Barramundi with Lemon-Herb Oil
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Pan-Fried Barramundi with Lemon-Herb Oil

I picked up some frozen Barramundi fillets at Trader Joe’s a while back. I wanted to make something simple and fresh for dinner, so I grabbed some herbs from my garden, a lemon, some garlic and got in the kitchen!

This meal comes together really quickly. You can make the lemon-herb oil while the fish cooks. Any combination of fresh herbs would work here – I picked parsley and chives, but I think basil or dill would also be wonderful choices.

Pan-Fried Barramundi with Lemon-Herb Oil

Barramundi tastes best when it’s cooked through and flakes easily with a fork. This meal was simple and delicious. I paired it with some couscous topped with Brazilian Pepper and Onion Vinaigrette that I had leftover from the weekend.

Pan-Fried Barramundi with Lemon-Herb Oil
Big Flavors from a Tiny Kitchen – Ashley Covelli

Serves 4

4 Barramundi fillets, about 1/3 pound each
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper

For Lemon-Herb Oil:
2 tablespoons fresh chives, roughly chopped
1/2 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley, roughly chopped
Zest of 1 lemon (about 1 teaspoon)
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
Pinch of red pepper flakes
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Heat oil in a large, non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Pat fish dry and season with salt and pepper. Place in skillet, skin-side down. Cook for 4 minutes, and then flip and continue cooking until fish is fully cooked and flakes easily with a fork.

Meanwhile, combine chives, parsley, lemon zest and juice, garlic, salt and pepper flakes in the bowl of a food processor. Turn processor on and stream in oil. Mix until well combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl with a spatula if necessary.

To serve, drizzle 1 tablespoon of sauce over each fillet. Enjoy!

Big Flavors Rating: 5 Stars

Ashley Covelli is a food photographer, recipe developer, and culinary instructor based in Ossining, New York. She loves helping people become enthusiastic and adventurous in the kitchen so that they can build skills and confidence to cook for themselves and their loved ones. She can almost always be found with at least 3 different beverages within arm's reach.

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