Barramundi with Balsamic Cherry Tomatoes

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We just got back from a weekend trip to Chicago to visit family and friends. Unfortunately, the weather gods hated us, and it rained every day of our trip…and because we were stuck inside all day, our weekend turned into an eating extravaganza.

Now, as a food-lover, I really shouldn’t complain because everything we ate was delicious…but let’s just say I am ready for a detox. There is only so much deep-dish pizza, burgers, and pasta my tummy can handle.

Barramundi with Balsamic Cherry Tomatoes Recipe

I am excited to get back into my healthy groove this week. On the menu: lots of lean proteins and vegetables. This Barramundi with Balsamic Cherry Tomatoes hits all the marks: protein-packed, flavorful, healthy, and weeknight fast!

Barramundi with Balsamic Cherry Tomatoes Recipe

We love this dish so much, we made it twice in one week. I find my barramundi filets in the frozen section at Whole Foods. If you can’t find them, halibut or another mild white fish would work just as well for this recipe.

Barramundi with Balsamic Cherry Tomatoes Recipe

One important word of advice: DON’T skimp on the basil at the end. It makes every bite delectable and this dish couldn’t be the same without it.



Barramundi with Balsamic Cherry Tomatoes Recipe
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Serves: 2
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 2 (6-ounce) barramundi fillets
  • ½ teaspoon salt, divided
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 3-4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • ⅛ cup chopped fresh basil
  1. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 Tablespoon of the olive oil to the pan. Sprinkle fish with a pinch each of the salt and pepper.
  2. Add fish to pan and cook about 4 minutes on each side, until fish flakes easily with a fork. Remove fish from pan and keep warm.
  3. Add remaining Tablespoon of oil to pan. Add cherry tomatoes and sauté for 3 minutes. Add the garlic and saute for an additional minute. Next, add the balsamic vinegar and cook for 1 more minute or until tomatoes begin to burst. Stir in half of the basil. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Serve tomato mixture with fish. Garnish with additional basil.
Recipe adapted from Cooking Light

Barramundi with Balsamic Cherry Tomatoes and Basil Recipe ll Easy, Healthy, and Gluten-Free. Perfect for a quick weeknight dinner at home! ll


  • nicole (
    June 20, 2015 - 5:48 pm | Permalink

    Looks absolutely delicious, Rachel! Wish I could order it over for dinner just about now. Hope you’re having a good weekend. 🙂

    • Rachel (littlechefbigappetite)
      June 21, 2015 - 3:40 pm | Permalink

      Thanks, Nicole! I wish I could send it to you! 🙂

  • Michaell @ Foodscape
    June 22, 2015 - 10:23 am | Permalink

    What a gorgeous dish! A perfect dinner when company comes over. I was cracking up when you said it rained every day in Chicago because my Chicago-born husband misses the rain so much! SoCal just doesn’t have a good thunderstorm like Chicago. But I’m like you. Sun please!

  • Kennedy Cole|KCole's Creative Corner
    June 24, 2015 - 11:03 am | Permalink

    That tomato mixture looks absolutely divine. I LOVE the combination of balsamic, tomatoes, and basil. This dish really speaks to me. I think it’s telling me to eat it! Haha, great recipe and photographs.

    I have made a southern food blog about how to cook simple, elegant meals.
    I really would greatly appreciate it if you’d stop by.
    Thanks soooo much! 🙂

    • Rachel (littlechefbigappetite)
      June 24, 2015 - 6:29 pm | Permalink

      Thanks Kennedy! I hope you try it!

  • June 26, 2015 - 7:47 am | Permalink

    Uhm, I need this in my life! Totally going to make it for date night dinner! xx

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