Summer fresh: easy as barramundi tacos

3rd December 2020 | Eativity editors

We’re a land girt by sea, so it’s not really a surprise that we have some of the best seafood in the world. Choosing to buy Aussie seafood right now is a win-win move: not only will you get to enjoy the very best that our oceans have to offer, you’ll also be supporting the Australian seafood industry, which was one of the hardest hit when COVID came to town.

Our export markets collapsed, the foodservice sector shut down and our domestic markets were flooded with produce. It’s been one hell of a year for our fishers – and with China now adding a new threat to our lucrative export market, this means increasing domestic consumption of home-grown seafood has never been more important.

So head out to your local fish market or fishmonger, score yourself some quality Aussie seafood and help our fishers bounce back from a crappy 2020.

With Australian lobster exports to China being blocked, there’s plenty more for us to enjoy.

Not sure what to cook with what you’ve bought? You’re not alone. While most of us love to order seafood when we’re dining out, a lot of people still feel a little intimidated by the thought of cooking with fish. But creating crowd-pleasing dishes with seafood is actually easy as, and to help encourage more of us to give it a go, the Australian Seafood Industry has launched the Great Australian Seafood campaign.

The campaign aims to support all sectors of the seafood industry, from fishers and processors through to those in the foodservice sector, and it will provide a much-needed boost to ensure the industry can have a strong, sector-wide recovery. It also aims to inspire Australians to start cooking more Aussie seafood at home – if every Australian bought just one extra serve of seafood a week, it would provide a huge boost to the industry.

To get you started on your seafood odyssey, we’ve shared a super easy, fresh and tasty recipe for Australian barramundi tacos. To make sure you’re buying sustainable Australian barra, look for the golden tick of approval – barramundi displaying the tick has been approved by the Australian Sustainably Farmed Barramundi Certification Program.

Easy as Aussie barra tacos

Serves 4
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 10 minutes

You’ll need:

For the fish

800g Australian barramundi fillets, skin on, cut into 3cm strips
Olive oil for brushing
Sea salt 

For the tacos

Shredded cabbage and carrot
8 soft tortillas, lightly toasted
2 avocados, deseeded and diced 
½ cup cherry tomatoes, cut into quarters 
½ cup mayonnaise
Coriander and fresh lime, to serve

Method:

1. Give the barramundi a quick brush with olive oil and season with sea salt. Heat a large non-stick frying pan over a medium-high heat and cook the barramundi in batches for 1-2 minutes each side, or until golden.
2. Spread a little mayo over the tortilla, top with the coleslaw mix, barramundi, avocado and tomato. Squeeze over the fresh lime, sprinkle with coriander and dig in. Easy as.

Note: if you want to swap out the barramundi, try Australian flathead, Tasmanian Atlantic salmon or tropical snapper.

To find the best place to buy Aussie seafood near you, use the Great Australian Seafood Fish Finder. The Great Australian Seafood website also has loads of simple recipes, from quick midweek meals to sumptuous dinner party ideas.

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