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Lemon garlic barramundi in a white bowl with chopped parsley and lemon butter sauce.

Lemon Garlic Butter Barramundi

Paired with an irresistible lemon garlic butter sauce, this barramundi recipe is simple, easy and absolutely delicious! And you'll have a restaurant quality beautiful fish ready in just 15 minutes!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword 5-ingredient, dinner for two, keto
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Calories 432kcal


  • Non-stick skillet
  • Paper towels
  • fish spatula optional but recommended
  • Plate


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or other neutral oil
  • 12 ounces barramundi cut into filets
  • 1 pinch salt to taste
  • 1 pinch pepper to taste
  • 4 tablespoons butter or ghee
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • half of one lemon juiced, approximately 2 tablespoons
  • fresh chopped parsley for garnish, optional


  • Add olive oil to large skillet and warm over medium heat. While skillet heats up, pat barramundi fillets completely dry with paper towels, then liberally season fillets on all sides with salt and pepper, to taste.
    Barramundi fillets seasoned with salt and pepper on a black cutting board.
  • When oil is hot and shimmery, add fillets to skillet. Cook 3 to 4 minutes or until golden brown, then flip fillets and cook another 3 to 4 minutes.
    Golden brown barramundi fillets in a large skillet with olive oil.
  • Remove barramundi from skillet. Quickly add butter and minced garlic to hot skillet and stir frequently until garlic is fragrant, approximately 1 minute. Add lemon juice and stir to incorporate.
    Overhead view of melted butter, minced garlic, and fresh lemon juice in a large skillet.
  • Divide barramundi fillets between serving plates. Spoon lemon butter sauce over fish fillets, garnish with fresh parsley (optional), and serve with desired sides.
    Overhead view of lemon garlic barramundi fillets in a white ceramic bowl.


  • This recipe moves pretty quickly, so make sure you've got your sides ready. The fish will need to be the last thing you cook so you can serve it immediately.
  • Make it Whole30/Paleo: Use ghee instead of butter.
  • Make it Dairy Free: Use a dairy-free butter.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 432kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 145mg | Sodium: 288mg | Potassium: 543mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 0.4g | Vitamin A: 701IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 1mg | Net Carbs: 2g