Cast Iron

Crispy Pan Seared Barramundi with Fish Sauce Vinaigrette

January 15, 2016
1 Ratings
Photo by Coley @ Coley Cooks
  • Serves 4
Author Notes

Tender barramundi fillets get seared until crisp, then doused with a bight and tangy vinaigrette. Recipe by Nicole Gaffney ( Vinaigrette inspired by David Chang.
Coley @ Coley Cooks

What You'll Need
  • 1/4 cup Asian fish sauce
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar OR unseasoned rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice (about 1 lime)
  • 2-4 red Thai chiles, minced (remove seeds for less heat) OR 2 teaspoons Sambal Oelek
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 tablespoons roughly chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons 2 tablespoons roughly chopped fresh Thai basil (optional)
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil (or enough to coat the pan)
  • 4 6-ounce boneless, skinless Barramundi fillets
  • salt, for seasoning
  1. Combine the fish sauce, water, sugar, vinegar, chiles and garlic in a bowl and mix until the sugar is dissolved, then set aside until you’re ready to cook the fish.. This vinaigrette can be made up to 3 days ahead, covered and chilled. When ready to cook the fish, add the cilantro and Thai basil to the vinaigrette and stir to combine.
  2. Heat 3 tablespoons vegetable oil in a large skillet (well-seasoned cast iron works best) over medium-high heat. Use paper towels to pat the barramundi fillets very dry, being sure to remove as much moisture as possible. Season both sides with salt.
  3. When the oil is shimmering and almost smoking, gently place two fillets in the pan. Allow to cook in the hot oil without moving for about 3 minutes. The fish will be ready to flip when it easily releases from the pan. If it sticks, it’s not ready. Lower the heat and give it another minute. Use a fish spatula to gently flip the fillets and cook on the other side for another 2-3 minutes, depending on thickness. Transfer to a serving plate and repeat with remaining fillets.
  4. Top each fillet with a few tablespoons of vinaigrette and more herbs if desired. Serve immediately with plain steamed rice and your choice of vegetables.

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1 Review

jennifer S. April 22, 2019
This was absolutely delicious, and I had to leave out the Thai basil. Can't wait to try it again when I have all ingredients on hand. Happened to have frozen Barrundi to thaw and fish sauce and a lime in fridge and rice vinegar in cupboard. Wonderful supper