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

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


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

Easy peasy!


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.


        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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