Barramundi’s sweet, mild taste and delicate texture makes it a perfect, ocean-friendly substitute for red snapper, grouper or Chilean sea bass.

Because barramundi is a relative newcomer to the American seafood scene, it can be a challenge to find this fish in local markets. But, this ocean-friendly seafood is becoming more popular every day, and it is definitely worth the effort to find this sweet-tasting fish. Try U.S. farm-raised barramundi roasted with herb creamed potatoes and roasted garlic, caper vinaigrette or pan-roasted U.S. farm-raised barramundi with sunchoke rosti, chanterelles, cauliflower puree and curry-thyme crème fraiche.

Also known as:

Silver barramundi, giant sea perch, giant perch, palmer perch, barra, Asian sea bass

Availability:

Year-round

Product forms:

Fresh and frozen fillets and whole fish

Shopping tips:

Uncooked barramundi has a pinkish-gray color that turns white when the fish is cooked. Younger fish are more delicately flavored, so look for smaller fillets.

Substitutions:

Barramundi is a good substitute for striped bass and other white fish.

Recipes:

Roasted U.S. farm-raised barramundi with herb creamed potatoes and roasted garlic, caper vinaigrette

Pan-roasted U.S. farm-raised barramundi with sunchoke rosti, chanterelles, cauliflower puree and curry-thyme crème fraiche

Barramundi farming:

U.S.-farmed barramundi are primarily raised in large tanks. More.

Conservation notes:

U.S.-farmed barramundi is a environmentally friendly seafood choice because it is raised in isolated pools or tanks. More.
Last updated: November 2008

 

Barramundi Farming

Because it is fast-growing and hardy, barramundi is well-suited to farming. In the U.S. they are farmed in closed, recirculating systems to reduce the risk of fish escapes, disease transfer and pollution.

Conservation Notes

Barramundi are farmed in Asia and Australia with a variety of different production systems including ponds, tanks and open net pens or cages. In the U.S. barramundi is mainly farmed in closed, recirculating systems that reduce the risk of fish escapes, disease transfer and pollution. Barramundi are well suited for these systems due to a fast growth rate and tolerance of high stocking densities. Therefore, choosing U.S. farmed barramundi ensures making an environmentally responsible seafood choice. There are, of course, individual farms in other countries that also have high environmental standards, look for those products that highlight their environmentally responsible actions.