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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 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.

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

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

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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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Bobbie jellinek

Monday 4th of October 2021

Never commented before about anything…… however I must!! This recipe, prepared as written was phenomenal. Next time I might add a few capers, but WOW! Easy, and spectacular. Thank you!!

Carol Speake

Monday 4th of October 2021

I'm very glad you enjoyed the recipe Bobbie.


Wednesday 18th of August 2021

Thank you for the recipe! Loved that it's so easy and delicious. For dinner last night, I made stir fry veg and a pot of curry chicken for the boys and the barramundi for my daughter and I. The fish prep and cooking is simple and didn't take time away from the other meal I made, goes well with rice and stir fry veg.


Thursday 13th of May 2021

Hi Carol, Thank you for sharing your recipe. I must say that was so easy to make. The fish was cooked perfectly the sauce was delicious I will definitely be making this again.


Sunday 14th of March 2021

I bought a bag of these at Costco and fixed this tonight for dinner. Delicious! Not to fishy. Moist. Will definitely be making again.


Thursday 25th of February 2021

Delicious! And so simple to make. I'd never cooked Barrumundi before but this was so easy. Thank you, I will be making this recipe again and again.

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