2 poundsBarramundi fillets, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
4Strips of bacon, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1Large yellow onion, diced
3Medium carrots, peeled and diced
1Celery rib, peeled and diced
10Whole garlic cloves, unpeeled
2 teaspoonsFinely minced rosemary and/or thyme
14.5 ounceCan diced tomatoes, drained
1/2 cupDry white wine
All-purpose flour for dredging Barramundi
1 tablespoonCanola or olive oil
Salt and black pepper
A classic winter staple reimagined.
This family- friendly meal is sure to warm everyone up around the dinner table.
Step 1 Preheat the oven to 250F
Step 2 Set a large skillet over medium heat. Add the bacon in one layer and cook stirring occasionally until nicely browned and the fat is rendered, 5-8 minutes.
Step 3 Add onion, carrots, celery, whole garlic cloves, and a generous pinch of salt. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are tender and golden brown, 10-12 minutes.
Step 4 Add the herbs, tomatoes, and wine. Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 15 minutes. While the sauce is cooking, prepare the barramundi.
Step 5 Dry barramundi well on paper towels. Season it all over with salt and pepper, and dredge in flour, shaking off access.
Step 6 Set a large non-stick or cast-iron skillet over high heat. When hot, add the oil and swirl the skillet to coat. Place the fish in the pan without crowding and cook on all sides until golden brown (1-2 minutes per side). Remove barramundi from the pan and set aside.
Step 7 Taste the sauce and correct seasoning. Place barramundi in the pan with the sauce and spoon the sauce on top of it. Cover the skillet and place in the oven for about 18 minutes per inch of thickness. Start testing for doneness 5 minutes before the estimated cooking time is up. The fish is done when it’s at 140F.
Plate your dinner like a pro Serve immediately with the sauce and some good crusty bread for dipping. Mashed potatoes are also quite heavenly with this dish.
Before cooking, make sure to pat the fish very dry.