Pan-Seared Barramundi with "Caruru"

Total Time:
3 hr
45 min
45 min
1 hr 30 min

4 servings

  • 8 smoked shrimp, chopped, and shells reserved
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, slivered
  • 1 chile, minced
  • 2 tablespoons grated ginger
  • 1 stalk lemongrass, minced
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons butter, plus 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 1 cup chopped okra
  • 2 tomatoes, diced
  • 1 bunch cilantro, leaves chopped, plus additional sprigs for garnish
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1/2 cup crushed cashews
  • Oil, for searing
  • 4 (5-ounce) barramundi fillets, skin on (may substitute sea bass or halibut)

Preheat the oven to 500 degrees F.

Toast the shrimp shells in a dry saucepan over medium-low heat until fragrant and color has developed. Cover the shells with water, add a pinch of salt, and simmer for 45 minutes over low heat, to form a stock. Strain the stock through a sieve and set aside.

In a large pot over low heat, sweat the onion, garlic, chile, ginger, and lemongrass in 2 to 3 tablespoons butter for 2 minutes. Add the red pepper and sweat for 1 minute more. Add the okra and shrimp stock. Simmer the mixture for 30 minutes, adjusting the seasoning as desired. Fold in the tomatoes, chopped cilantro, remaining 2 tablespoons butter, lime juice, and cashews. Remove from heat and reserve.

Heat a large oven-safe skillet over medium-high heat. Add enough oil to thinly coat the bottom of the skillet, and let oil heat. Add the fish, skin side down, and sear for 3 minutes. Then place the skillet in the oven and roast the fish for several minutes, or until it reaches your desired level of doneness.

Divide the reserved stew mixture among 4 bowls, and top each with 1 fish fillet, skin side up. Garnish with cilantro sprigs.

Professional Recipe: This recipe was provided by a chef, restaurant or culinary professional and makes a large quantity. The Food Network Kitchens chefs have not tested this recipe in the proportions indicated and therefore cannot make any representation as to the results.

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