Barramundi with Pecan-Raisin Salsa Over Broccoli
Baked barramundi goes dinner-party fancy with a salsa of raisins and toasted pecans. And that creamy-looking broccoli bed it's sitting on? A virtuous 100 percent dairy-free. This meaty but lean newcomer contains half the calories of salmon. And if you buy fish that has been farmed in this country, you don't have to worry about mercury. If you can't find it, try striped bass in this recipe instead.
- Servings: 4
Photography: John Kernick
Source: Whole Living, April 2012
- 1/2 cup pecans, coarsely chopped
- 1/4 cup raisins
- 1/2 clove garlic, finely grated (using a zester)
- Finely grated zest of 1 lemon
- 5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for pan
- Coarse salt
- 1 pound broccoli, stalks peeled and thinly sliced and florets cut into 1/2-inch pieces
- 4 (5-ounce) skinless barramundi fillets
Heat oven to 375 degrees. Spread pecans on a baking sheet and toast until golden brown, about 8 minutes. Immediately transfer to a medium bowl and stir in raisins, garlic, lemon zest, and 2 tablespoons oil. Season with salt and set aside.
Place broccoli in a pot just large enough to hold it and cover with cold water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and cook until broccoli is falling apart and stalks are very tender, 8 to 10 minutes. Drain, reserving 1/4 cup cooking liquid, and return to pot. Stir in remaining 3 tablespoons oil. Gently mash broccoli with a wooden spoon, adding reserved water until creamy. Season with salt and keep warm.
Reduce oven to 275 degrees. On a lightly oiled baking sheet, season fillets with salt and cook, depending on thickness, about 15 minutes (or until just opaque).
To serve, divide puree among plates, top with fillets, and garnish with salsa.