Barramundi with Tomato Salsa and Fried Zucchini Flowers

Cook like a celebrity chef at home with this impressive zucchini flower and barramundi dish with a warm tomato salsa created by Matt Moran.



Prep Time:

15 minutes

Cook time:

30 minutes


40 ml extra virgin olive oil

4 x 160 barramundi fillets

Vegetable oil, for deep frying

4 zucchini flowers (courgette)

¼ bunch flat parsley

4 knobs of butter

Beer batter

120 g plain flour

50 g cornflour

2 teaspoons baking powder

170 ml beer 

Tomato and olive salsa

2 large tomatoes

2 teaspoons olive oil

1 clove garlic, slided

5 anchovy fillets, roughly chopped

1 tablespoon salted baby capers, rinsed

50 g kalamata olives, pitted and cut in half


Step 1

To prepare the beer batter, mix all ingredients with a spoon until well combined. Batter can be used straight away or set aside up to 2 hours

Step 2

Preheat the oven 180C

Step 3

Blanch the tomatoes in salted boiling water for 10 seconds, then submerge in iced water for a mint. Remove water, peel away the skins and dice the tomatoes.

Step 4

Heat the olive oil in a saucepan and cook garlic until translucent. Stir in anchovies, capers, tomatoes until all ingredients are combined.

Step 5

Cover the sauce with a lid and leave for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally until tomatoes begin to break down and remove from heat. Add olives and set aside.

Step 6

Heat evoo in a frying pan, add barramundi fillets skin side down and cook 5-6 minutes until golden brown. Place barramundi in the oven while you cook zucchini flowers.

Step 7

Half fill a deep fryer or heavy based frying pan with vegetable oil and heat to 180C.

Step 8

Dip zucchini flowers in the beer batter then carefully deep-fry for 4 minutes until crispy. Remove with slotted spoon and drain on kitchen paper

Step 9

Place the salsa in a saucepan to reheat, then stir in parsley.

Step 10

Remove fish from oven, carefully turn it over and place butter with a squeeze of lemon over the top.

Step 11

To serve, spoon the salsa onto the middle of the plate, place barramundi on top and arrange the fried flowers.

Barramundi with Tomato Salsa and Fried Zucchini Flowers 1
Author: dom