Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Superfood: Barramundi

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I found a new food.  Central Market had a cooking demo and samples of barramundi. Barra what?  I wasn't so sure but since I hadn't had dinner I grabbed a bite.  I wanted to go back for seconds but my pride wouldn't let me.  So I headed over to the fish counter and had them pack up a pound for me to take home.  I grabbed all the ingredients the lady at the demo used to cook the fish.  Here goes:  the fish was coated in Colorado Spice Chang Mai Fish and Fowl http://shop.coloradospice.com/, pan fried for about 4 minutes on each side in oil, then finished with a squeeze of lemon and a sprinkling of fresh basil.  I made it for our family Sunday afternoon.  We all ate it up with the exception of 2 of 3, the 2 year old, who had a bite and then licked the next but just couldn't muster up the resolve to swallow it again.  Not to fear, 1 of 3 gobbled up 2 of 3's fish before the rest of us had the chance.  Served it with butternut squash and kale.  I will admit I was hungry in about an hour.  I always am after eating fish.  I was wishing I had purchased more than a pound of the barramundi.

The best part of this new food: Dr. Oz has named it the number one super food on a 2010 list.

"#1 Superfood – Barramundi
... #1 superfood – Barramundi fish.  If fish were humans, Dan Buettner said that barramundis would be the vegetarian tree huggers.  Barramundi only eat plankton, so they are high in omega 3’s, which is good for your brain and your heart, but they are not high in mercury like other fish because they don’t eat other fish."   http://www.drozfans.com/dr-ozs-advice/dr-oz-5-superfoods-you-must-eat-with-dan-buettner/

Bon appetit!


  1. Hi there!
    I work with Australis Aquaculture, the Massachusetts-based company that is popularizing the introduction of Barramundi fish here in the US. I'm thrilled to hear you gave our fish a try at Central Market and decided to cook some up at home for your family!

    In addition to being named a Super Food by Dr. Oz, Australis Barramundi has been called a ‘2010 Top Culinary Trend’ and a ‘Lean, Green Superfood’. That’s because it’s not only delicious, but it’s loaded with omega-3s (levels comparable to wild Coho salmon), and is free of mercury, hormones, and contaminants. Plus, Australis’ Smart Aquaculture practices have been recognized by major environmental groups and earned us the coveted ‘Seafood Champion Award’.

    With just 137 calories per 5 oz. portion, 2.5 grams of fat (no saturated fat) and lots of lean protein, Australis Barramundi is great for anyone looking to make healthy food choices!

    If you’re interested in learning more about Australis Barramundi or trying some new recipes, visit our website: TheBetterFish.com or connect with us on Facebook & Twitter https://twitter.com/BetterFish

    Our fish is becoming more widely available. In addition to Central Market, you can find it at Randalls/Tom Thumb, select Kroger stores, Whole Foods, Safweay, Stop & Shop, Giant and many independent grocers.

    To good food and good health!

  2. Great article. Algae is the source of DHA, the Omega 3, which is great for brain health. It is especially vital during the 2nd and 3rd trimester of pregnancy and afterwards for mother and baby (if mom nurses). You'll see articles related to DHA and postpartum depression. Barramundi may be good for your mental as well as physical health.

  3. Thanks so much for the comments Bryan and Kelsie. I am looking forward to trying out some of the recipes from thebetterfish.com. I also love having more nutritional information too. Looking forward to having the
    super(yummy)food barramundi again!