Barra with Prawn Bisque
Author Steve Sunk
This is my favourite recipe as we have to catch the barra and the cherripins (fresh water prawns) and collect the water lilies to make this dish. The ladies call it Daly River Dreaming.
- 4 hand size pieces Barramundi fillets
- ½ cup plain flour for coating
- 3 table spoons of olive oil
- 3 table spoons of butter or margarine
- 20 freshwater prawns peeled and deveined (keep heads and shells for bisque)
- 1 quaintly of prawn bisque
Salt and pepper
- Heads, shells and nippers of 20 prawns
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- 1 large carrot cut into small cubes
- 2 sticks celery, cut into thin slices
- 1 large onion roughly chopped
- 3 tablespoons tomato paste
- 1 teaspoon thyme, dry from store
- 1 bay leaf
- 12 pepper corns
- 4 cups fish stock
- Salt and pepper
Lightly coat barramundi in seasoned flour. Set aside.Place oil and butter in a pan and heat. Flip the barramundi in the pan so both sides are oiled. Cook barramundi until both sides are light brown.
Add prawns and cook. Use a wooden skewer to test- when cooked skewer will exit flesh smoothly. Place the barramundi on a plate with five prawns.
Coat fish with prawn bisque and top with claws to decorate. Serve with water lily salad.
Place the prawn heads, shells and nippers on an oven try. Roast in oven for 10-15 minutes or until pink and dry.
Heat oil on a camp oven or fry pan. Add prawn heads, shells and nippers, break up with wooden spoon.
Add the veggies, tomato paste, herbs peppercorns and bay leafs. Fry for 3 minutes. Pour in fish stock and bring to the boil. Skim off any scum then slow cook 25-30 minutes.
Strain liquid into a large pot. The liquid should be slightly thick and red in colour. If not reduced until liquid coats the spoon. Season with salt and pepper to taste.