Meals from the Pantry: Barramundi with tomato arugula salad and lemon vinaigrette

I was missing the fresh Mediterranean flavors of the fish dishes I had in Italy, so I “fished” out some wild barramundi from my freezer last night, and prepared a light, simple, and healthy Mediterranean inspired dinner for my hubby Jordan and me.

Barramundi with tomato arugula salad and lemon vinaigrette

Ingredients
Serves 2 people

2 six ounce skinless barramundi fillets (3/4″-1″ thick)

2 tablespoons butter

½ teaspoon minced fresh thyme

½ bunch fresh arugula

½ medium ripe tomato, cut into wedges

¼ cup lemon juice (squeezed from two fresh lemons)

½ cup extra virgin olive oil

Grey salt or coarse sea salt

Freshly ground black pepper

Cast iron skillet or sauté pan

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Lemon Vinaigrette
Whisk together lemon juice, a pinch of thyme, extra virgin olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste.

Easy peasy!

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Time to cook!

    Season barramundi on both sides with salt, pepper and fresh thyme.

      Heat the sauté pan to medium-high.

        Add butter to coat the pan.

        Gently place each fish fillet in the pan (You should hear a wonderful ssshhhh! sound. That says you’ve got the right temp for a nice golden brown!).

        Don’t move the fish for 3-4 minutes so it gets a nice golden brown sear on one side.

        Flip the fish and reduce heat to medium.

        Cook for another 5-6 minutes or until it’s slightly firm in its thickest part or opaque in the center.

        Transfer fillets to a plate.

        In a bowl, toss together arugula, tomatoes, and enough lemon vinaigrette to evenly cover the veggies. You should have some vinaigrette pooled at the bottom of the bowl to drizzle over the fish.

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        Serve salad with buttery fish draped over the top. Drizzle with lemon vinaigrette.

        I had some leftover wheatberries in the fridge too that I ate with the dish, so feel free to serve with a grain side dish like farro, quinoa or couscous for a healthful starch that pairs nicely.

        Enjoy free of guilt and imagine yourself dining along the Tuscan coast!

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