Project Description


Hoda Hannaway

James Tobin


Middle Eastern


Humpty Doo Barramundi

Full Recipe in Details

  • 1 Humpty Doo Barramundi fish head

  • 1 tbs ground cumin

  • 2 tsp baharat (Lebanese seven spice) 

  • 750mL water

  • Salt to taste

  • 150ml olive oil

  • 2 Humpty Doo Barramundi fillets, skin removed

  • 3 large onions, diced

  • 1 tsp ground coriander

  • 1 tsp ground cumin

  • ½ tsp ground turmeric

  • 1.5 cup basmati rice, rinsed and soaked

  • 100g flaked or slivered almonds, lightly toasted

  • Chopped parsley

  • Crispy Barramundi skin

  • For the fish stock, place all of the ingredients in a saucepan, bring the stock to a boil and simmer for 15 minutes.

  • For the fish and rice, generously oil a large deep-sided frying pan with the oil and place over high heat. Lightly season the fish with salt and pepper, add to the pan and cook until crispy on both side. Remove from the pan, leaving the oil in the pan, and drain and paper towel.

  • Reduce the heat to medium, return the same pan to the heat, add the onion and cook until just starting to brown.

  • Add 1½ cups of the stock, the turmeric, cumin and coriander to the pan over medium heat. Add the rice and cook, covered, for 20 minutes, then remove from the heat, and allow to steam.

  • To make crispy skin, clean skin from sinue and flesh. Pat dry and place skin side up on a baking tray lined with baking paper. Drizzle a little olive oil and rub all over skin, lightly salt and top with another sheet of baking paper and baking tray. Place in oven for approximately 20 mins or until cooked and crispy. Note: the skin will become crispier as it cools.

  • To assemble, place the rice on a serving platter, break the fish into large pieces and place on top. Top with the nuts and some chopped parsley.

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