Barramundi Recipe with Garlic Lemon Butter Sauce – Restaurant-Style at Home!

Missing your restaurant food right now?  This barramundi recipe with a garlic lemon butter sauce is restaurant-style food at home in just minutes. It is flaky and tasty with a quick easy. and delicious sauce.

This sweet, sustainable fish is good for your health and also good for the environment. I love that it is so quick and easy to prepare but still nice enough for a special occasion.

This barramundi recipe is ready in just 15 minutes and has a very tasty lemon butter sauce.

This pan fried barramundi recipe is perfect for a busy week night. It is on the table in less than 15 minutes and has the flavor that you’d get from dinner at a trendy café.

I lived in Australia for 15 years, where barramundi is an often served fish.  It has a delicate sweet and buttery flavor.  Not a fishy fish by any means, and even kids love it.

Around the word barramundi is often referred to as Asian sea bass.  It can be a bit of a challenge to find it here in the US, but it’s worth taking the time to try.  It has such a delicious flavor.

Making this Barramundi RecipeBarramundi with lemon butter sauce

This barramundi recipe is such an easy one to make.   I used to worry about having recipes on my blog that were simple. After all, this is a food blog and good cooking is supposed to be complicated isn’t it?

Guess again!  Just a few minutes cooking each side and a few more to make the sauce and it’s on the table.  So now, I am unabashed in saying it like it is…this sustainable fish is awesomely easy to prepare!

Barramundi is one of the tastiest sustainable fishes out there. Try cooking some today. #sustainablefish #barramund🦈🐬 Click To Tweet

What is a sustainable fish?

Sustainable fish has either been caught or farmed in ways that take into account the long term vitality of the species, and the well being of the oceans.

All of this must be done to keep in mind the livelihoods of communities that are fisheries-dependent. The idea began in the 1990s with the sustainable seafood movement.

barramundi fish

Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

Barramundi in the US is considered a sustainable fish.  It is raised in environmentally sound, closed tank systems with recirculating water. This is a clean way to raise this fish which grows quickly.

Barramundi is full of nutrients and is a very healthy choice.  It’s packed with Omega-3 fatty acids and has 34 grams of protein in each 6 ounce serving.

Most of the flavor of this sauce comes from just a few ingredients: butter, garlic, basil and lemon juice. 

I love using fresh herbs for cooking.  It adds a taste that you just cannot seem to get with dried herbs, and they are so easy to grow. ingredients for cooking barramundi

Basil is an annual herb and I’ve been growing it indoors this winter to make sure I have it on hand all the time.

fresh basil plant

Start by rubbing some canola oil on the fish and cooking each barramundi filet for about 4-5 minutes each side.   Can’t get much easier than this can you?cooked barramundi fillets

Time to make the lemon butter sauce! Fresh basil, with fresh lemon and fresh garlic in butter – sound like a fresh sauce doesn’t it?  I love that the sauce won’t over power the delicate fish.

Move the barramundi fillets to a serving plate and keep warm while you make the sauce.

In the same pan that you cooked the fish in, reduce the heat and add the butter and gently cook the garlic for about 2 minutes. Stir in the lemon juice and fresh basil. That’s all there is to the sauce!

lemon butter sauce for fish

The lemon butter fish sauce is drizzled over the barramundi fillets and garnished with a bit more fresh basil.  Done in about 12 minutes and who would believe that when you look at this beautiful dish?barramundi on a plate with salad

How does the barramundi taste?

The flavor is buttery and fresh with a citrus burst from the lemon over fork tender fish fillets that also have a buttery flavor to them.  I love the barramundi fish taste.

Most white fish tastes “fishy” to me, but that is not the case with this lovely sustainable fish.  It is clean and delicate and is showcased beautifully with the delicious

Simple, sustainable, buttery, delicate barramundi.  Perfection on a plate.  This dish will make a fish eater out of the most ardent “I’m not a fish eater kind of person!Tasting barramundi with a lemon butter sauce

Barramundi calories, like most white fish, are naturally low – 113 calories in a 4 ounce portion. Even with the butter sauce, this recipe only works out to about 200 calories per serving.

This recipe for barramundi is high in protein, low in carbs, sugar and sodium and the rich taste of the recipe is the dieter’s perfect food to make them feel as though they are NOT on a diet.

This delicious recipe is gluten free and fits into a Whole30 or Paleo diet plan if you substitute the butter with clarified butter.Recipe for barramundi with a garlic lemon sauce

Serve this barramundi fillet recipe with a side salad, or some tasty oven roasted vegetables like my oven roasted root vegetable medley .

If you are not a fan of fish normally, be sure to give this one a try. It may change your mind!Barramundi lemon butter

Admin note: This recipe first appeared on my blog in September of 2015. I have updated the post with new photos, a step by step tutorial and also added the nutritional information and a video for you to enjoy.

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Barramundi with Lemon Butter Sauce

Barramundi with Lemon Butter Sauce

What's for dinner tonight?  For my family, it is this barramundi recipe with a garlic lemon butter sauce. It is flaky and tasty with a delicious sauce.

Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes


  • 3 Barramundi Fillets about 4 ounces each
  • Sea salt and cracked black pepper to taste.
  • 2 tsp canola oil
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter (used Clarified butter for Whole30 and Paleo)
  • 1- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 3 tbsp of fresh lemon juice
  • Small bunch of fresh basil (can also used 3/4 tsp of dried basil)


  1. Coat the barramundi with canola oil, season with sea salt and cracked black pepper, and place in a heated non stick skillet over medium high heat . Cook for about 4-5 minutes on each side, until the fillets are lightly browned. Move to a serving dish and keep warm while you make the sauce.
  2. In the same pan, reduce the heat and gently cook the garlic in the butter for about 2 minutes. Stir in the lemon juice and fresh basil.
  3. Spoon the sauce over the fish and serve immediately.

Nutrition Information:

Serving Size:

1 fillet

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 199.7Total Fat: 14.2gSaturated Fat: 5.1gUnsaturated Fat: 6.5gCholesterol: 75.7mgSodium: 41.3mgCarbohydrates: 0.4gFiber: 0.1gSugar: 0.0gProtein: 23.2g

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  27 comments for “Barramundi Recipe with Garlic Lemon Butter Sauce – Restaurant-Style at Home!

  1. Sue Taylor
    10/18/2015 at 3:03 am

    This sounds delish. Is there another fish that can be substituted? Thank you

    • Carol
      10/18/2015 at 10:21 am

      Hi Sue, Yes, any white fish will work well (tilapia, perch, cod, bass).

    • Brenda Gennari
      01/11/2020 at 4:42 pm

      Recipe was great!
      I added a teaspoon of capers to the lemon and basil for added flavor.
      Purchased the fish frozen at BJ’s wholesale.

      • Carol Speake
        01/11/2020 at 8:49 pm

        Sounds nice. That would make it tangy Brenda, like a piccata.

  2. Sarah
    06/13/2016 at 7:41 pm

    Excellent recipe! I added some capers to the sauce, since I had them in the pantry and served the fish with brown rice and green beans. Delicious!

    • Carol
      06/13/2016 at 7:58 pm

      Hi Sarah. Glad you enjoyed it. My husband loves capers. I will definitely add some the next time I make this. Carol

  3. Niladri Haldar
    10/23/2016 at 4:32 am

    Amazing recipe. Tried it today. Thank you!

    • Carol
      10/23/2016 at 10:19 am

      Glad you enjoyed it Niladri!

  4. Mary Jo
    10/22/2017 at 7:05 pm

    Love the recipe! Served mine with broccoli and mushroom risotto. Simply divine. Thanks a bunch!

    • Carol
      10/22/2017 at 9:34 pm

      Glad you liked the recipe Mary Jo. Carol

  5. 04/17/2018 at 4:44 am

    It was SO good!! Your pictures are absolutely stunning and I am so jealous!

    • Carol
      04/17/2018 at 9:42 am

      Thanks Dona. I’m glad you enjoyed it! Carol

  6. John
    05/28/2018 at 7:40 pm

    Hi Carol, great recipe. Did you sell this recipe to the Australis Aquaculture company? The recipe is almost identical to the one they have on the back of their Barramundi package.

    • Carol
      05/29/2018 at 10:11 am

      I haven’t seen their, but am not associated with them. Carol

  7. Alina
    03/10/2019 at 7:44 pm

    Thank you for posting this . I love it . Easy to make . My family loved it too- 7 and 5 year old approved 🙂

    • Carol
      03/10/2019 at 8:15 pm

      I’m glad you enjoyed the recipe Alina.

  8. Marcus
    03/27/2020 at 4:07 pm

    I gave it a try this evening and the comment was I have to make it again. 2 side dishes were fresh asparagus done in maple syrup and baby green peppers done in oil and Himalayan salt.
    Fish was fresh flown into Switzerland. I was told 36 hours from catch to my hand.
    Simple and tasty, thank you.

  9. 04/01/2020 at 1:54 am

    Can i use salted butter, since i don’t have any unsalted butter? Your recipe looks great and so many people have reviewed it saying that it tastes great! I’m going to try it tomorrow!!!

    • Carol Speake
      04/01/2020 at 9:46 pm

      Yes, it will work fine. I tend to prefer unsalted in most of my recipes since I prefer a dish that doesn’t taste too salty, but either will work fine depending on taste.

  10. Patricia
    07/15/2020 at 8:44 pm

    This was fast & so good!!! 😋
    Fresh everything. While fish was frying hot I threw in a splash of Chardonnay & glob of butter & flipped it real quick. Made the sauce-did add a tad of capers. Decorated with fresh basil ribbons & lemon wedges. Sides were sautéed sliced zucchini squash & carrots & lemon Jasmine rice with fresh flat leaf parsley. Great one!! Thanks!

  11. Cindy's Mom
    07/30/2020 at 8:30 pm

    Bought this fish at my favorite discount grocery store and then found your recipe. We are not big fish eaters but this was very good and so simple. I will be making this again

  12. laura
    08/30/2020 at 3:34 pm

    I bought barramundi from Costco but it has the skin on it. Can I cook the same with the skin on?

    • Carol Speake
      09/01/2020 at 12:18 pm

      Yes you can.

  13. TC
    09/01/2020 at 12:21 pm

    I had never prepared Barramundi and was looking for a flavorful yet easy weeknight recipe. This was not only one of the easiest prep and clean up recipes I have ever tried, it was also one of the tastiest! My husband and I were so impressed! This I saved to Pinterest because it was that good!

    • Carol Speake
      09/01/2020 at 12:56 pm

      Glad you enjoyed the recipe, and thanks for sharing it!

  14. Dorothy
    09/10/2020 at 6:20 am

    4-5 minutes on each side didn’t give a nice brown surface. 🙁 even longer also the same! It ended up terrible looking. Sigh!

    • Carol Speake
      09/10/2020 at 11:11 am

      Sorry it didn’t work out for you. I start with a very hot pan might to help the fish brown well.

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