Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Crispy Skin Barramundi With Fennel, Apple And Celery Heart Salad

There is always a ritual to go to the Lorne pier to get some seafood for our meals whenever we are down at Anglesea and this time there was no exception. It was a beautiful drive along the Great Ocean Road and the weather was simply perfect. I was left to decide on what to get for our lunch; it was an easy decision despite the many choices of seafood on display when I saw the very fresh pieces of baramundi fillets. After a drink at the landmark Lorne Hotel we made our way back and a beautiful lunch was served in less than half an hour.

serves 4
you'll need;
4 barramundi fillets
1 lemon
sprigs of rosemary
dash of white wine
salt and pepper to taste

for the salad you'll need;
1 head of fennel, sliced and fronts reserved
4 stalks of celery hearts, sliced
1 apple, sliced
a handful of walnut
goats cheese
red wine vinegar and walnut oil dressing

Drive to Lorne along the scenic Great Ocean Road

Arrived at the destination - the Lorne Pier with the view of the seafood restaurant right next to the seafood shop.

A freshly caught shark used as a draw card.

Fry fish skin side down for 2 minutes then place in a baking tray, drizzle with salt and pepper, rosemary and a dash of white wine. Bake in a preheated 180 degress C oven for 20 minutes.

Served with some salad and a wedge of lemon

A summery lunch, served alfresco style with plenty of white wine :)


  1. Beautiful post recipe and pics!!!what else say...

  2. Next when I am here, please show me this beautiful place. I love the seaview :D And this is comforting lunch meal.

  3. I don't think that we have barramundi in France, anyway this fish is so crispy, this recipe so simple but so good, the best way to cook fish, I can do it with an other fish, thanks for the photos, I woulk like to be there, just in front of the ocean ...

  4. Oh how I missed Great Ocean Road , been there more than 10 years ago. How nice if I can share your food while enjoying the great view.

  5. I love to serve fennel with fish too! That looks so delicious!

  6. Matteo,
    Thank you! :)

    Visit soon!

    Absolutely! :)

    Yeah it is a local fish but any fish would be good this fresh :)

    Do visit we can have a trip and good food together!

    Thank you! Yeah they work so well together :)

  7. Nice trip, good food and beautiful photos! Very nice :)

  8. Great way to serve fish that fresh! Photos nicely captured your trip. Cheers mate! Hope to see you soon!

  9. Its delicious and nice to see such a beautiful place.

  10. Love the photos!! What a simple and delicious way to prepare fish.

  11. rosa,
    Thank you very much!

    Thanks buddy, see you over the weekend?

    Abhilash Pillai,
    Thank you it is very beautiful out there!

    Thank you! It is best to cook it without too much fuss with fish this fresh!

  12. That is a beautiful dish! Wish I was away for the weekend too!

  13. Must be great being with good friends sharing a wonderful meal in such beautiful surrounding! I'm jealous! ;)

  14. What a perfect summer's day - fish, wine, sunshine and an ocean drive! Sounds wonderful:)

  15. Hey my dear we are glad you had a lovely weekend away. The photos are great and the dish is delicious. Our soup diet is going strong, need more recipes though :)

    Sophia and Vijay xxx

  16. It is interesting to think that there are still fish out there that are regional... I have never tasted barundi (NYC area girl!). Looks wonderful on your post!

  17. baramundi...Ive never heard of that fish b4....but It looks so good. Im a fish person n that skin looks very very crispy!!! YUMMMM

  18. Love the photos!! We're in the middle of winter here in Minneapolis, so the lake looks wonderful!

  19. Mary G,
    Thank you! t was very nice indeed!

    KL girl in MELB ,
    It was great indeed :) Thanks

    Thank you :) It was perfect!

    Vijay + Sophia,
    It was nice to get out of Melbourne! Glad you are still on it, will email u a few more :) xxx

    Indeed ") Thank you very much :)

    It is an Australian fish, am sure they are exported to Asia :)

    Thanks! It was the ocean actually :)

  20. Lovely.. pictures are all beautiful

  21. Wonderful pics...I was just going back to the pics and it was difficult to see the recipe ;-)Guess you enjoyed the trip a lot !

  22. Ah, it's always nice to be able to get fresh fish to cook! I really miss that about Korea (where I grew up). This recipe looks so good. I would love to try it sometime.

  23. Harriet from CarltonJanuary 27, 2010 at 8:41 AM

    This is a beautiful looking dish! I love how simple the recipe is and just imagining how tasty it must be with the combination of the flavours. Beautiful photos of course!

  24. Wow it looks like a wonderful lunch on a very beautiful day. Wonderful way of cooking fish this way!

  25. Beautiful recipe and wonderful pics.:)

  26. I'm envious of your access to fresh seafood. I can almost taste the sea from how fresh the fish looks!

  27. Nostalgia
    Oh thank you!

    Gulmohar ,
    Haha thanks! It was a very good trip :)

    You got everything right :) Thank you :)

    Thank you very much!

    Fresh Local and Best ,
    Oh thank you! Unfortunately our freshest and best seafood is exported to Asia :(

  28. I love when fish is handle this way, nicely done!

  29. that freshly caught shark would def. draw me. I am a sucker for big fish:P

  30. What a lovely weekend away, love the photos from the previous post too. I like my fish cook this way too!

  31. Nothing beats a nice crispy skin on fish.

    Love the pictures from your weekend too!

  32. nice pictures...Fish looks simply superb!!1

  33. We were at Lorne over the weekend too, might have bumped into you at The Lorne Hotel lol. Great looking dish btw, much better than what we ate at the hotel.

  34. The baramundi looks so fresh and delicious, love the crispy skin!

  35. LMH,
    It really is the best way to cook fish I think :)

    Cumi and Ciki,
    Haha yeah I guess it was photographed many times on the day because of that :)

    Thank you! It was nice to spend the weekend with good friends.

    Thank you! The crispy skin is my favourite :)

    Thank you very much!

    Really! We only had a quick drink before heading back to cook our lunch :)

    5 Star Foodie,
    Thank you! It was one of the freshest fish I had :)

  36. Beautiful day spent with good friends - priceless!
    Wonderful way to treat fish this fresh!

  37. OMG!!! I love barramundi!! The last time I had this was in Malaysia!

  38. Yasmin,
    Absolutely! :)

    Oh really! It is such a delicious fish!

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