Brown Butter-Poached Barramundi with Celeriac Purée

25m Prep

40m Cook

Serves 2

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  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4 peppercorns
  • 2 (4-6 oz) The Better Fish® Barramundi Skinless Portions
  • kale or spinach, to serve

For the puree

  • 1 ½ tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups celeriac, peeled and cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 cup milk
  • 5 tablespoons heavy cream

For the crumbs

  • 1 ½ tablespoons butter
  • 4 tablespoons fresh breadcrumbs
  • 1 teaspoon heaped capers, roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon parsley, roughly chopped

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Brown Butter-Poached Barramundi with Celeriac Purée & Caper Crumbs is a perfect dinner party stunner or third date meal. Adapted from Food styling & photography by Jenny Huang.


Step 1
To make the purée, melt 1 ½ tablespoons butter in a saucepan, add the celeriac, and cook over a medium-high heat until starting to brown a little, about 5 mins. Pour over the milk and cream, and season well—the celeriac should be just covered, so add more milk if needed. Bring to a simmer, cover and cook for 15 mins or until tender. Drain, reserving the cooking liquid, and transfer to a food processor. Blend until smooth, then sieve into a clean saucepan, pushing the celeriac through with the back of a spoon or spatula. Add a little of the cooking liquid to loosen the purée if needed, and taste for seasoning.

Step 2
To make the crumbs, heat 1 ½ tablespoon of butter in a frying pan, add the breadcrumbs and cook, stirring, until golden brown. Throw in the capers and cook for 30 seconds more. Tip into a bowl and leave to cool a little, then stir in the parsley.

Step 3
Heat oven to 300℉. Gently melt the butter in a small ovenproof saucepan or frying pan, big enough for the fish fillets to fit snugly. Once melted, add the shallot, bay leaf and peppercorns. Keep heating until the butter turns a light brown color and smells nutty. Leave to cool a little. Gently lower the Barramundi fillets into the warm butter, basting any exposed fish, and transfer to the oven. Cook for 3-4 mins, depending on the thickness of the fish, then turn the fillets over and cook for a further 3-4 mins or until just opaque and feeling firm.

Step 4
While the fish cooks, reheat the purée and steam the greens. To serve, spoon the purée into the center of each plate; use the back of the spoon to spread out slightly into a circle. Top with the greens, then carefully place the fish on top. Drizzle with a little of the poaching butter and scatter with the crumbs.

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