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Australian Barramundi, Yellow & Candy Beets, Fresh Heart of Palm

Chef Tony Ensault


2 each, 6 oz portions fresh barramundi filet

8 baby yellow beets, peeled

8 baby candy beets, peeled

1 large yellow beet, peeled and quartered

1 scallion, cleaned

1 stalk fresh heart of palm

Olive oil

Sea salt

1 Tbsp black pepper

1/4 cup white balsamic vinegar

1/2 cup sugar

4 cloves garlic

6 thyme sprigs

8 hearts of palm

2 Tbsp unsalted butter

METHOD [Beets]

Start with hot cast iron pan on a burner, add 2 tablespoons olive oil and heat. Add beets in two different pans separated by color. Add a pinch of salt, pinch of pepper and half pinch of sugar and sauté until all of the liquid is evaporated.

Cover with a lid and put in a 350?F oven. Let cook in oven until beets are half way cooked (about 20 minutes); remove from oven and add garlic and thyme.

Stir beets and place back in oven. Once beets are cooked and tender, remove from oven and place on burner. Add 1/4 cup of white balsamic vinegar and stir until the vinegar is evaporated. Remove beets; cool down.


Cut scallion on a half inch bias. Bring 2 cups of water to boil with a teaspoon of salt. Once water comes to a boil, add scallions and cook for 10 seconds and then immediately remove and shock in ice water.

[Beet sauce]

Using vegetable juicer, juice beets with 2 tablespoons of white balsamic vinegar. Bring the liquid to a boil, then strain through a chinois.

Once strained, bring the liquid back to another boil and add one tablespoon of corn starch for thickening. Season with salt, pepper, olive oil and lemon juice.

[Heart of palm]

Slice heart of palms into 1/4 inch pieces and season with olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper.


Dry fish with a paper towel and season both sides of fish with salt and pepper. In a hot cast iron pan, add olive oil and heat. Once oil is hot, add fish until nice golden brown. Turn fish over to brown the other side, add 1 tablespoon of butter and place in a 350?F oven until cooked through. Approximately 2 to 3 minutes.

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