A Mercury Free Fish Recipe Featuring Barramundi
Barramundi Fish is Mercury Free
Barramundi is Mercury Free
If you haven't tried Barramundi, you're not alone. Until I saw a health show on television, I had never heard of it. Liking what I learned in just a few minutes, I decided to research the facts on this fish. What primarily drew me to this fantastic fish, was finding that it contains zero mercury. It is also listed as one of the top "super foods" for nutrition.
The Barramundi, hails from the coast of Australia. It is full of heart- and brain-healthy omega-3s and the white meat is light, flaky and delicious.
It is also known as Asian Sea Bass, Barra, Giant Perch and Palmer Perch. If you are a fish lover, you haven't lived until you have discovered the sweet, clean taste of barramundi.
Northern Australia Coast - Barramundi
For most of us, we need not be concerned about the levels of mercury in the fish we eat. While it's true that mercury in high levels can be harmful, this metal which is found in naturally in the environment will leave the body overtime through the urine, feces and breastmilk.
According to webmd.com:
Nearly all fish and shellfish contain traces of mercury. But some contain high levels. Eating large amounts of these fish and shellfish can result in high levels of mercury in the human body. In a fetus or young child, this can damage the brain and nerves (nervous system).
Because of the mercury found in fish, The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S.Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) advise the following people to avoid eating fish high in mercury and to limit the amount of shellfish and fish lower in mercury:
- Pregnant women
- Women planning to become pregnant
- Nursing Mothers
- Young Children
Mercury Food Chain
5 Fish Low in Mercury
In the event that you decide to change your eating habits to reduce mercury in your diet, but still want to include fish, here are the 5 fish lowest in mercury:
- Canned light tuna
You may eat up to 2 average meals a week, or up to 12 oz.
Note: Albacore (white tuna) has more mercury than canned light tuna. Limit albacore to 6 oz. a week.
Barramundi Fish Boasts a Sweet, Mild Flavor
Recipe For Lemon-Butter Barramundi Fish
Whether you steam, grill, fry or bake barramundi, it lends itself beautifully to a variety of flavors like garlic, lemon, shallots and parsley because of its sweet, mild flavor .
Here is one of many recipes for a quick and easy main dish.
What You Will Need For Lemon-Butter Barramundi:
- Four barramundi fillets (skin on or off)
- 2 Tbsp. butter
- 1 small clove of garlic, minced
- ½ tsp. sea salt
- 3 Tbsp. lemon juice
- 4-6 leaves of fresh basil, minced
- Rinse fillets and pat dry with paper towel.
- Rub fillets with canola or olive oil.
- Sautee on high heat for 3 min. skin side up
- Flip and cook for 1 more minute – serve hot.
Recipe For The Sauce
- Sautee garlic and butter in skillet for 2 minutes.
- Add salt, basil and lemon juice.
- Remove from heat and spoon over fillets.
- Serve immediately
I like to serve my fish with broccoli, garlic mashed potatoes (or mashed cauliflower) and a side of cinnimon applesauce.
One thing is for sure. If you're looking for healthy food that promises longevity, you will want to include Barramundi in your diet.
Serving Size - 4 oz.
calories 110 calories from fat 15
total fat 1.5 g
saturated fat 5 g trans fat 0g
total carbohydrate 0g
dietary fiber 0g
Farmed barramundi averages one to two pounds and, in the U.S., they are raised without hormones, colorants or antibiotics. (A feature which pleases me).
U.S. conservation groups recommend avoiding imported, farmed barramundi. Currently, there is only one commercial U.S. barramundi farm, located in Western Massachusetts. This facility purifies and recycles 99 percent of its water, and has almost no discharge of solids or nutrients leaving the farm.
Huge Barrimundi Caught in Australia
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© 2010 Audrey Hunt