Thai Fish Curry with Asparagus (using Barramundi, The Better Fish)

Thai Fish Curry with Asparagus | Very Culinary

by Amy on May 29, 2013 · 12 comments

I’ve talked before about my 12 year break from meat – seems like a million years ago as I engorged myself with burgers, ribs, and chicken this past weekend – but I never gave up fish. I just couldn’t. Wouldn’t.

Among my favorites are salmon, ahi, trout, and tilapia. Well, there’s a new player in town and I can honestly say, it’s definitely a contender. When Australis asked me to review their new Barramundi, I was pretty sure I’d enjoy it, but I never would have guessed how much. Turned out to be a whole lot. 

Australis' Barramundi

Barramundi is buttery and delicate, with a meaty texture. It sort of reminded me of halibut, but really mild and a great alternative to tilapia for every day dishes. Its mellow flavor makes it really versatile; bake it with some seasoned breadcrumbs, pan fry it with lemon, or throw it on the grill with a few spices – all easy, all good.

Barramundi, The Better Fish

Then there’s the health benefits – no mercury, chemicals, or hormones. Its high in protein, low in fat, and has high levels of Omega-3s. Dr. Oz even declares it one of the Top 5 superfoods. I don’t even know what that means, but it sounds impressive!

And here’s one last thing to feel good about – Australis raises its barramundi in some of the world’s most innovative fish farms where they conserve water, use sustainable feeds, and reuse waste products for fertilizer. It’s a greener way of farming.

I figured I would give the barramundi a whirl in this fish curry dish I’ve been serving for years. I wanted to see if Paul could tell the difference, without me saying anything.

Thai Fish Curry with Asparagus | Very Culinary

Paul: “What did you do to this dish?”
Me: “Why? Does it taste different?”
Paul: “Yes. Better.”

And there you go.

Australis is launching barramundi in Northern California Costco stores for a limited period of time. Check out the Australis Facebook page for updates and news on when and where you can find it.

I’m going to stock up and so should you!

(Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Australis Aquaculture. I was compensated via the NoshOnIt Partner Publisher Program. As always, opinions are my own.)

Thai Fish Curry with Asparagus
Serves 4
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes

• 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
• 1/2 a small red onion, finely chopped
• 1 tablespoon good quality green curry paste
• 1 can light coconut milk
• 1/2 pound asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1 inch pieces
• 2 barramundi fillets, cut into 2 inch pieces
• 3 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
• cooked white for serving

In a large nonstick pan, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the red onion and sauté until soft, about 3 minutes. Stir in the curry paste, then the coconut milk. Simmer for 5 minutes to blend the flavors.

Add the asparagus and cook for 2 minutes. Add the barramundi, cover, and simmer gently until opaque throughout, about 5 minutes. Stir in the parsley and season with salt. Taste and adjust seasoning, if necessary.

Serve hot over the rice.

Note: use a really good quality curry paste for this dish, one that has some heat, for the best flavor.

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Ellen June 1, 2013 at 5:12 pm

Help! Disappointed with lack of flavor…… I used Barramundi fish, green onion instead of red, basil instead of parsley, Thai kitchen Lite coconut milk, and Thai kitchen green curry. Whole Foods had no other option for green curry. Followed the very easy recipe exactly. Any advice for what might be missing from this recipe? I really want it to be good.


Amy June 1, 2013 at 5:36 pm

Hi Ellen, sorry to hear that. As I mentioned in my notes, you need a high quality curry paste WITH spice/heat…that’s what lends the flavor here. Without it, it will be bland. The other alternative is to add in some red pepper flakes for some kick and additional salt and pepper.


Cassie | Bake Your Day May 29, 2013 at 5:17 pm

This sounds amazing, Amy! I love curry but rarely make it at home…definitely need to try this one. We love fish around here!


Joanne May 29, 2013 at 2:30 pm

I think I may have actually lost my taste for fish (except spicy salmon sushi rolls) which is sad…but it just tastes too fishy to me now? All the big curry flavors might just mitigate that though…


sippitysup May 29, 2013 at 2:11 pm

You know I love the politics of fish and will check this out! Thanks GREG


Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain May 29, 2013 at 8:37 am

I love this flavor combo! I’m thinking this needs to be dinner tonight!


Mom May 29, 2013 at 8:22 am

I’m willing to try a new kind of fish, but where did you get a good curry paste for this dish?


Amy May 29, 2013 at 9:02 am

My local Nugget market has a really good ethnic section. Maybe you could try Safeway? You would really like this, Mom…but I can’t imagine Dad eating it. Maybe halve the recipe ;-) OR make it as is, and you’ll have a few meals out of it for yourself!


Julie May 29, 2013 at 7:52 am

What fish can I substitute for the Barramundi, which I’m pretty sure I can’t get here in my part of the country?


Amy May 29, 2013 at 7:55 am



Jen @ Savory Simple May 29, 2013 at 6:18 am

I’m very picky about fish. This sounds like such a great way to enjoy it.


Paul May 29, 2013 at 6:18 am

True story. Very good fish. I’d love to grill it next time.


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