Warndu Mai’s barramundi fillets with muntrie salsa recipe
It’s one of Australia’s favourite fish dishes, made tangy with native muntrie berries and spring onions.
The first time I ever ate barramundi was in the Kimberley and it’s still to this day the most magical place I have ever been. The salsa in this recipe goes with any fish, pork and chicken.
Barramundi fillets with muntrie salsa
2 x 200 g (farmed) barramundi fillets, skin on, salt to taste
1 tbsp olive oil, for frying
For the salsa:
150 g muntries
1 small red capsicum, finely diced
2 spring onions, thinly sliced
2 sprigs of seablite
juice of 1 small lemon
dash of apple cider vinegar
1 tsp local honey
3 tbsp olive oil
salt and pepper, to taste
Remove the fish from the fridge about 30 minutes before cooking to bring it to room temperature. Pat-dry the fillets with a paper towel. Using a very sharp knife, score the skin but not the flesh, making shallow long cuts the length of the fillets. Season each side with salt.
Heat the olive oil in a non-stick frypan over medium heat. Place the fillets skin side down in the pan, increase the heat to medium-high and cook for 3–4 minutes, or until the skin is golden brown. Turn the fillets over and cook for another 2 minutes, until just cooked through or to your liking. Remove from the pan and let the fish rest while you make the salsa.
To make the salsa: place all the ingredients in a small bowl and mix thoroughly. Season with salt and pepper. Serve the barramundi on top of the salsa.
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This is an edited extract from Warndu Mai (Good Food) by Rebecca Sullivan and Damien Coulthard (Hachette Australia, $45).