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Barramundi in Parchment with Lemons, Dates and Toasted Almonds

This recipe is sponsored by Australis Barramundi. I am a longtime customer of their fish, and I am very excited for the opportunity to collaborate with them. As always, all content and opinions are my own. 

Barramundi in Parchment with Lemons, Dates and Toasted Almonds ll A delicious, healthy, gluten-free weeknight dinner that comes together in under 25 minutes! ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com

Hey there! I hope you had a great weekend. It was pouring in NYC yesterday, so we spent a good chunk of the afternoon and evening continuing to furnish our new apartment. Travis assembled two new shelving units, and I searched the web for a few more items that we need (while also offering him moral support, of course!).

Barramundi in Parchment with Lemons, Dates and Toasted Almonds ll A delicious, healthy, gluten-free weeknight dinner that comes together in under 25 minutes! ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com

Because I knew we’d have a couple of weeks here in NYC before our movers arrived with our belongings from California, I tried to photograph and prepare a few posts for you guys while we were still in Los Angeles. I’m really excited to finally share my second barramundi recipe in collaboration with Australis Barramundi! If you missed the first recipe, Barramundi with a Tomato, Olive, White Wine Sauce, you can find it here.

Barramundi in Parchment with Lemons, Dates and Toasted Almonds ll A delicious, healthy, gluten-free weeknight dinner that comes together in under 25 minutes! ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com

For this recipe, I used a different cooking method than pan-searing because I wanted to show you how versatile this fish is. I cooked the barramundi fillets in parchment paper, which is a delicious and healthy way to cook white fish. This cooking method allows you to use very little oil, and if done correctly, results in perfectly flakey and juicy fish. If you’ve never cooked fish in parchment paper before, don’t worry! It’s very easy, and you’ll be a pro in no time.

Barramundi in Parchment with Lemons, Dates and Toasted Almonds ll A delicious, healthy, gluten-free weeknight dinner that comes together in under 25 minutes! ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com

The fish is cooked on top of a bed of baby spinach, so there’s no need to make a separate side dish. You have a complete meal just in the parchment paper alone! I prepared a mixture of chopped dates, toasted almonds, and lemon zest to serve with the barramundi. It adds a nice hint of sweetness and varying textures to the dish.

Barramundi in Parchment with Lemons, Dates and Toasted Almonds ll A delicious, healthy, gluten-free weeknight dinner that comes together in under 25 minutes! ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com

There are so many delicious ways to prepare barramundi, and that’s why it’s one of my favorite fish. One of the best parts about this recipe is that it takes less than 25 minutes from start to finish. I love quick and easy weeknight meals that appear far more complicated than they really are!

Barramundi in Parchment with Lemons, Dates and Toasted Almonds ll A delicious, healthy, gluten-free weeknight dinner that comes together in under 25 minutes! ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com

 

Barramundi in Parchment with Lemons, Dates and Toasted Almonds
 
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Serves: 2 servings
Ingredients
  • Two 6 oz. barramundi fillets
  • 1 whole lemon
  • 1 medium shallot, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 6 oz. baby spinach
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • ¼ cup unsalted almonds, coarsely chopped
  • 4 Medjool dates, pitted and finely chopped
  • ¼ cup fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped
  • Salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Dry the barramundi fillets with a paper towel and sprinkle each piece generously with salt and pepper. Set aside. Zest the entire lemon and then cut half of the lemon into 4-5 thin slices. Juice the remaining half of the lemon into a small bowl and set aside.
  3. Lay two large pieces of parchment paper (about 12" x 12") side by side. Divide the sliced shallots and baby spinach between each piece of parchment, and sprinkle the spinach and shallots with a pinch of salt and pepper. Lay the barramundi fillets on top of the spinach and shallots, and top each fillet with the thin lemon slices. Drizzle about 1 Tablespoon of olive oil over the fillets. One sheet at a time, close the parchment paper packets: bring two opposite sides of the paper together and fold them together several times to create a tight seal. Then fold up each end of the paper to create a tight seal on all sides. It's fine if the seals loosen slightly in this process.
  4. Place the parchment paper packets on a large baking sheet and bake the barramundi on the middle rack of the oven for 10-12 minutes, or until the fish is tender and flakes easily.
  5. While the fish is cooking, bring a small skillet to medium heat. Add the remaining tablespoon of olive oil to the pan, and once hot add the chopped almonds. Sauté for 2 minutes, then add the dates and cook until warmed through, stirring regularly, about an additional 2 minutes. Turn off the heat and stir in the lemon zest, lemon juice, and parsley. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper, or to taste.
  6. Open the barramundi packets and transfer the fish, spinach, shallots, and lemon slices to two plates. Top each piece of barramundi with the date-almond mixture and serve immediately.
Barramundi in Parchment with Lemons, Dates and Toasted Almonds ll A delicious, healthy, gluten-free weeknight dinner that comes together in under 25 minutes! ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com

Seafood

Barramundi with Tomato, Olive, and White Wine Sauce

This post is sponsored by Australis Barramundi. I am a longtime customer of their fish, and I am thrilled to collaborate with them today. As always, all content and opinions are my own. 

This Barramundi with Tomato, Olive, White Wine Sauce Recipe is so healthy and incredibly flavorful! It's easy enough to throw together for a quick weeknight dinner, but also impressive enough to serve to guests! ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com

I am SO excited to share this Barramundi with Tomato, Olive, and White Wine Sauce recipe today. This dish was inspired by the flavors we sampled throughout our honeymoon in Greece last month.

This Barramundi with Tomato, Olive, White Wine Sauce Recipe is so healthy and incredibly flavorful! It's easy enough to throw together for a quick weeknight dinner, but also impressive enough to serve to guests! ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com

Many of the ingredients in this recipe are ones you likely have in your fridge and pantry already. I made sure to take advantage of the Santa Monica Farmers Market one last time before we move to NYC and grabbed a pint of cherry tomatoes and bunch of fresh basil for this recipe.

This Barramundi with Tomato, Olive, White Wine Sauce Recipe is so healthy and incredibly flavorful! It's easy enough to throw together for a quick weeknight dinner, but also impressive enough to serve to guests! ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com

I’ve mentioned my love for the Australis Barramundi before. Travis and I have been buying it from Whole Foods for years and we always have a couple bags stocked up in our freezer. Because we’re that hooked, I even checked to see if it’s sold at the Whole Foods near our new apartment in NYC (answer: it is!). You can find Australis Barramundi at many Whole Foods locations and specialty grocery stores nationwide.

This Barramundi with Tomato, Olive, White Wine Sauce Recipe is so healthy and incredibly flavorful! It's easy enough to throw together for a quick weeknight dinner, but also impressive enough to serve to guests! ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com

If you’ve never tried barramundi before, it’s a meaty, buttery white fish with a very mild flavor. I love that it soaks up the flavors of whatever you serve it with. Barramundi is also very high in omega 3s and an EXCELLENT source of protein (I’m talking 34 grams in a 6 oz. piece!).

This Barramundi with Tomato, Olive, White Wine Sauce Recipe is so healthy and incredibly flavorful! It's easy enough to throw together for a quick weeknight dinner, but also impressive enough to serve to guests! ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com

Australis uses super freezing methods to lock in the freshness and flavor of their fish, so once the barramundi is defrosted it tastes just like it was fished that week. Technically speaking, this flash-frozen method actually makes the barramundi fresher than “fresh” fish since there is zero loss of flavor or spoilage during transportation! That’s why we’ve always felt as though we’re eating a restaurant quality meal when we cook it at home.

The fish comes pre-portioned in 4-6 oz. filets, and it’s very easy to defrost. Simply place the vacuum-sealed filets in a large bowl of cold water for about 15 minutes and voila! The pre-portioned pieces are also great if you’re just cooking for one.

 

This Barramundi with Tomato, Olive, White Wine Sauce Recipe is so healthy and incredibly flavorful! It's easy enough to throw together for a quick weeknight dinner, but also impressive enough to serve to guests! ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com

This barramundi recipe is easily one of my favorites on the blog right now. I would happily eat this dish every day of the week. The kalamata olives add a nice salty element to the sauce, but if you’re not an olive person then you may want to substitute in one tablespoon of capers in their place.

This Barramundi with Tomato, Olive, White Wine Sauce Recipe is so healthy and incredibly flavorful! It's easy enough to throw together for a quick weeknight dinner, but also impressive enough to serve to guests! ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com

Fresh basil is also a must, and the more the better!

This Barramundi with Tomato, Olive, White Wine Sauce Recipe is so healthy and incredibly flavorful! It's easy enough to throw together for a quick weeknight dinner, but also impressive enough to serve to guests! ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com

I know you’re going to love this recipe! Make sure to look for Australis Barramundi in the frozen fish section at Whole Foods. It’s fantastic!

 

Barramundi in Tomato Basil White Wine Sauce
 
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Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 6-8 oz. Australis Barramundi
  • 2 Tablespoon olive oil, divided
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 large garlic cloves
  • ½ pint cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • ¼ cup kalamata olives, thinly sliced
  • ⅛ cup dry white wine (I used Sauvignon Blanc)
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon lemon zest
  • ¼ cup fresh basil, sliced
  • Salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Place the frozen barramundi (still in its vacuum-sealed plastic packaging) in a large bowl of cold water and allow to defrost (about 15 minutes). Once the fish is defrosted, use scissors to remove it from the plastic and place the fish on a large plate. Use paper towels to remove excess water from the fish and set aside.
  2. Heat a small pan over medium heat. Add one tablespoon of olive oil and then add the crushed red pepper flakes and garlic, sautéing constantly for about 1 minute. Add the cherry tomatoes and cook, stirring occasionally, for three minutes, until they're soft and blistering. Sprinkle the tomatoes with a pinch of salt and pepper while they're cooking.
  3. Next, add the kalamata olives to the pan and cook for one minute. Add the wine and scrape up any bits that have accumulated at the bottom of the pan. Bring the mixture to a light simmer for 1-2 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the lemon juice, lemon zest and basil. Taste the mixture and add additional salt and pepper as needed. Cover to keep warm and set aside.
  4. Heat the remaining one tablespoon of olive oil in a large non-stick pan over medium heat. Season both sides of the barramundi with course sea salt and ground black pepper. Place the fish in the pan and cook for about four minutes on one side, and then flip and cook on the second side for an additional four minutes, or until the fish is lightly golden brown and cooked through.
  5. Place each piece of barramundi on a plate and serve the tomato, olive, white wine sauce over the fish. Serve immediately.
 

This Barramundi with Tomato, Olive, White Wine Sauce Recipe is so healthy and incredibly flavorful! It's easy enough to throw together for a quick weeknight dinner, but also impressive enough to serve to guests! ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com

Travel

Hawaii Vacation Part II

Hi guys! I am back today with Part II of our Hawaii Vacation recap. I was hoping to have this post up at the end of last week, but unfortunately my blog was hacked 🙁 I apologize if you were trying to access this site last Thursday or Friday – it was down for maintenance in order to fix the mess caused by a not-so-nice web hacker. Nevertheless, we are back up and running now!

We left off last time at the end of our first day of vacation. The next morning, Travis and I decided we wanted to spend the day just hanging around the hotel and relaxing. We woke up bright and early (due to the time difference) and decided to head straight to the beach. After about only 10 minutes of laying on our respective beach chairs, we were both getting a little antsy. There were lots of people paddle boarding, swimming and kayaking, so we decided to rent a 2-person kayak and hit the waves. Having been a coxswain (the little  person who steers the boat and commands a crew) in high-school and college, I put myself in charge of steering us and mainly relied on Travis for his strength to move us through the big waves. We had a blast and went pretty far out into the ocean. We even saw a GIANT sea turtle, which was the highlight of the day! In fact, we rented a kayak two days later just to see if we could find him again.

After a pretty serious workout on the water, we were getting hungry, so we hopped into our rental car and headed to a nearby spot for lunch. While I was researching before our trip, I found Coconuts Fish Cafe on Yelp. They have very high ratings and are known for their delicious fish tacos.

Fish Tacos

We ordered the fish tacos and coconut shrimp to share.  After my first bite, I knew immediately why this place had such rave reviews. Everything tasted so fresh and the flavors were out of this world! Check out that incredible mango salsa in the picture above!

Coconut Shrimp

Coconut Shrimp

The coconut shrimp came with a delicious sweet dipping sauce. I wish I had asked for the recipe because I would love to recreate it at home. We ordered the perfect amount of food because neither of us felt too stuffed and we were more than ready to hit the waves again after lunch.

We spent the rest of the afternoon relaxing by the beach and pool.  That night we had an early dinner reservation at Ferraro’s at the Four Seasons resort nearby. I read online that on top of it’s delicious Italian food, Ferraro’s had the best sunset views and it was considered a very romantic dinner spot. I knew it was a must-do for us!

Travis and Rachel Dinner

I booked a 5:30PM dinner reservation to ensure we would already be seated by the time the sun began to set. Our hotel, the Andaz, had a complimentary courtesy car that will drive you anywhere within a mile or two of the resort. It was a great amenity that we used multiple times during our trip. It is very helpful if you plan to have a few drinks with dinner so you don’t have to worry about driving afterward.

That night we had the courtesy car drop us off at the Four Seasons. The main entrance and lobby area was so grand – the klutz in me was nervous I was going to trip and break something! We walked down the stairs and through the pool area to the Ferraro’s entrance. We were actually the first to arrive for dinner that evening, which was strange for us. We are not used to being such early birds!

Ferraro's Four Seasons

I am so glad we came early, though, because we got the BEST seat in the restaurant with a perfect view of the ocean and the gorgeous Maui skies.

Ferraro's Four Seasons

The service was amazing at Ferraro’s. Our meal started with warm hand towels. The waiter poured warm water on these tiny towels and we watched them expand before our eyes. So cool!

Ferraro's Four Seasons

To start, I ordered wine and Travis had a beer.

Rachel Ferraro's

Travis Ferraro's

We browsed the menu for so long because everything looked delicious! We decided to order a few plates to share. We asked the waiter to bring our dishes out slowly so we could maximize our time enjoying the sunset. He did a great job and we ended up sitting at the restaurant for a little over two hours.

To start we had the Maui tomato and burrata salad. Whenever we see burrata on a menu, we have to order it. We can’t get enough!

Ferraro's Four Seasons

Next we had the bruschetta trio: roasted red pepper, kalamata olive, and Maui tomato all on buttery grilled ciabatta. I would have happily ordered another round of these if we didn’t have our entree on its way!

Bruschetta Trio

As we dug into our bruschetta appetizer, the sun began to set. It was simply stunning!

Sunset Ferraro's

For our final course we had whole wheat pasta with a braised lamb sauce. This was my favorite item of the night! The fresh pasta melted in my mouth and I never wanted it to end.

Pasta with lamb - Ferraro's

By the time we finished our meal, the sky looked magnificent with hundreds of shades of pinks and purples.

Sunset Ferraro's

After our meal we decided to walk around the Four Seasons for a bit before calling the Andaz’s courtesy car to pick us up. We were so happy and just in vacation dream land (OK, maybe that was the wine I was feeling…) It felt so nice not to be in any rush to go anywhere. Best yet? We had a car that would come pick us up as soon as we called! Now that is the life…

Four Seasons Maui

Part III of my Hawai recap to come!