Try this healthy fish recipe for American Heart Month!
Here’s an update about this recipe: I’m very excited to say that the Virginia Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics along with the Governor’s office selected this recipe as a winner in the Feed Virginia Day of Action recipe contest. Maybe you didn’t know, but Virginia peanuts are AMAZING!
Fish with omega-3 fatty acids is just one of many foods known to boost heart health.
You may not be familiar with barramundi. I first learned about it a few years ago at one of my food and nutrition conferences. Then when my husband and I visited Australia, at least one of us dined on it nightly. A Whole Foods store finally opened up in my area, so now we purchase it frozen and eat it regularly. I love that the fillets come individually wrapped, so I can defrost just the amount I need. It’s a super fast way to get dinner on the table on busy work nights.
Barramundi is a mild white fish with heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Because of its mild taste, I find it quite versatile. This Asian-inspired dish is a favorite, but it’s equally delicious served Mediterranean style. It’s also terrific in fish tacos. So far, I haven’t found that it flopped in anything.
- 24 ounces frozen Barramundi (2 packages)
- 3 garlic cloves, crushed
- 6 tablespoons lower sodium soy sauce
- 1½ tablespoon toasted sesame oil
- 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
- 1 tablespoon grated ginger root (fresh or jarred)
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- ¼ - ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1 ounce roasted peanuts, chopped
- Preheat the oven to 400°F.
- Defrost the individually wrapped fish fillets in a bowl of cold water for 10 minutes. Once thawed, remove the fish from the plastic wrap.
- To make the marinade, mix the next 7 ingredients (garlic through red pepper flakes) in a bowl. Reserve 4 tablespoons marinade.
- Place the defrosted fish fillets and the remaining marinade in a plastic bag with a tight seal. Refrigerate and allow the fish to marinate for 30 minutes.
- Remove the fish fillets from the plastic bag, discarding the bag and remaining contents. Place the fillets on a baking pan and bake until flakey, about 12 - 15 minutes.
- Once done, serve over a bed of sautéed spinach. Drizzle with the reserved marinade and top with chopped peanuts.
You can reduce the sodium further by using a low sodium soy sauce. The one I used is only slightly lower than the original.
Barramundi is produced by Australis. They claim to farm the fish in such a way that barramundi is sustainable and free of mercury and PCBs.
Have you eaten barramundi? If so, how do you enjoy it? What are your favorite types of fish?
Check out 4 Easy Ways to Boost Your Fish Intake! Cheers to delicious heart-healthy eating!