Grilled Barramundi with Radish Top Pesto

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Serves 4 Ingredients: 1 - large bunch radishes with leaves still attached, 2 - sprigs fresh thyme, 1 teaspoon - extra virgin olive oil, 1/4 teaspoon - lemon juice, Salt and pepper to taste, 2-3 packed cups - leaves from the radish bunch, 2 teaspoons - lemon juice, 1/4 cup - shredded Parmesan cheese, 1 - clove garlic, peeled, Salt and pepper to taste, 3 tablespoons - extra virgin olive oil, 4 - 12-ounce barramundi fillets, 3 tablespoons - olive oil, Salt and pepper to taste, 1 - large lemon, sliced into wedges,
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Grilled Barramundi
with Radish Top Pesto

  • 10m prep
  • 20m cook
  • Serves 4
    Friends & Family

  • Pairs with Lemonade

  • Perfect for Weekends

  • Perfect for Hosting


1 bunch radish
with leaves still attached
2 thyme sprigs
1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
¼ teaspoon lemon juice
to taste
2 teaspoons lemon juice
¼ cup shredded parmesan cheese
1 garlic clove
to taste
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
4 12-ounce The Better Fish® Barramundi Skinless Fillets
3 tablespoons olive oil
to taste
1 lemon
large, sliced into wedges

Nutrition per serving

Calories 306.91kcal 15%
Fat 24.76 35%
Carbs 3.14 1%
Sugars 0.96 1%
Protein 18.39 37%
Sodium 289.7mg 14%
Fiber 0.98 4%

* Percent Daily Values based on a 2,000 calorie diet. View all nutrients

Nutrition per serving

Amount per serving

Calories 306.91kcal 15%
Fat 24.76 35%
Saturated Fat 4.3 22%
Monounsaturated Fat 16.85 1685%
Polyunsaturated Fat 2.44 244%
Carbs 3.14 1%
Fiber 0.98 4%
Sugars 0.96 1%
Protein 18.39 37%
Cholesterol 45.92mg 15%
Sodium 289.7mg 14%
Calcium 80.94mg 10%
Magnesium 7.44mg 2%
Potassium 380.98mg 11%

% Daily Value*

Iron 0.45mg 3%
Zinc 0.24mg 2%
Phosphorus 44.62mg 6%
Vitamin A 17.71mkg 2%
Thiamin B1 0.01mg 1%
Riboflavin B2 0.03mg 2%
Niacin B3 0.11mg 1%
Vitamin B6 0.05mg 4%
Folic Acid B9 9.62mkg 5%
Vitamin B12 0.06mkg 2%
Vitamin C 13.65mg 17%
Vitamin D 7.68mkg 154%
Vitamin E 3.28mg 27%
Vitamin K 14.45mkg 19%

* Percent Daily Values based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Health score

7.7 /10

Health score

Health Scores are calculated on a 1-10 scale based on nutrient density and USDA recommendations for a healthy diet. A higher Health Score means healthier food. The value based on impact of more than 28 nutrients, here are the main ones:

Nutrients with positive impact

Fiber 0.98   4% DV
Protein 18.39   37% DV
Calcium 80.94mg   10% DV
Magnesium 7.44mg   2% DV
Potassium 380.98mg   11% DV
Iron 0.45mg   3% DV
Vitamin A 17.71mkg   2% DV
Vitamin C 13.65mg   17% DV

Nutrients with negative impact

Saturated Fat 4.3   22% DV
Carbs 3.14   1% DV
Sugars 0.96   1% DV
Cholesterol 45.92mg   15% DV
Sodium 289.7mg   14% DV

Summertime, and the grilling is easy… When you get your hands on a fish as firm in texture and as buttery in flavor as barramundi, it’s not surprising to see how well it stands up to grilling—boosting your confidence during the “fish flip” stage! This recipe works on an outdoor grill, an indoor grill-pan, or even a large cast iron skillet. Grilled radishes and a simple radish-top pesto are the perfect accompaniments to round out this delicious and easy meal, ready in just 30 minutes. Whether you’re hosting the new neighbors or hunting for something fresh and new to serve family and friends, this Grilled Barramundi with Radish Top Pesto is just the fit! Recipe, food styling, and photography by Jessie Johnson of Life as a Strawberry.



Step 1
Wash radishes well to remove any grit, and then cut the leaves away from the radishes themselves. Leave a bit of stem on each radish to make them easier to move around on the grill.
Step 2
Slice the radishes in half lengthwise (the flat surface will help them stay put on the grill).


Step 3
Add sliced radishes to a medium bowl. Strip the leaves from two sprigs of thyme and add the leaves to the radishes. Add 1 teaspoon olive oil, 1/4 teaspoon lemon juice, and salt and pepper to taste. Give the radishes a toss to coat them evenly in the dressing and set aside.


Step 4
Transfer radish leaves to the bowl of a food processor or blender. Add lemon juice, Parmesan cheese, garlic, salt, and pepper. Add olive oil one tablespoon at a time, pulsing well in between each addition, until the pesto has reached your desired consistency. Depending on the amount of radish greens you have, you may not need all of the oil, or you may need a bit more. Set pesto aside.


Step 5
Pat barramundi down with a tea towel or paper towel to remove any excess moisture. Brush each side of the fish with olive oil and season generously with salt and pepper.
Step 6
Heat grill pan over medium-high heat until it’s piping hot (likewise, if using outdoor grill). Use a pastry brush to brush olive oil over the grill (you could also use tongs and a paper towel). Watch our “How to Grill Fish” video for a step-by-step demo!
Step 7
Place radishes on the hot grill. Let them cook for 3-4 minutes, then use tongs to flip them over and cook 3-4 minutes more until you have nice char marks on each side. Remove to a plate and set aside.
Step 8
Brush another layer of olive oil over the grill to prevent sticking. Lay barramundi down on grill and cook approximately 3 minutes until the edges have started to turn bright white. (Not sure what that should look like? Watch this video and you’ll know!)
Step 9
Use a thin spatula to gently flip the barramundi over on the grill. Let cook another 3 minutes or so until barramundi is cooked through.
Step 10
Serve grilled barramundi with grilled radishes and top with a scoop of radish pesto.
Step 11
Plate with lemon wedges and give each piece of fish a nice squeeze of lemon juice to finish the dish.
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