Grilled Sriracha Barramundi with Tequila Pineapple Salsa and Fennel

It’s no secret that I love pairing fruit with savoury flavours. I’m not sure why I have such a penchant for it, as you will rarely find me eating fruit on its own. Perhaps its just my way of enjoying beautiful, seasonal produce beyond dessert.

Enter this grilled whole barramundi with pineapple salsa. This fresh and light dish is seasoned with just the right balance of sweet and spicy flavour, and is a mouth-tingling crowd pleaser. Its super easy preparation equates to elegant serving with a delightful splash of colour, and cooking it over fire just allows for an extra level of punchy flavour.

The pineapple salsa with fennel, a touch of spice and a fun splash of lime and tequila goes so well with the tender, flaky flesh of the spicy Sriracha-dosed barramundi. Snapper or cod would also be a perfect fish selection for this dish – any white fleshed fish that flakes apart easily when cooked will furnish a good result.

If you want my biggest tip when preparing this dish: double the salsa portion of the recipe. This tequila pineapple salsa is perfect on so many things, like steak, beef burgers, tacos and even pulled pork. It will last a few days in the fridge, so make some extra and take advantage of it while you have it.

Enjoy with gusto,
Jaimie Eats

Jaimie Archer

Grilled Sriracha Barramundi with Tequila Pineapple Salsa and Fennel

Serves: 4   |   Prep Time: 20 minutes   |   Cooking Time: 15 minutes

For the fish:
2 x whole barramundi, cleaned and scaled (approx. 600g each)
4 tablespoons Sriracha
2 limes, sliced into rounds
½ fennel bulb, finely sliced
Salt and Pepper
Olive oil for drizzling

For the Salsa:
1 fresh pineapple, peeled, cored and diced
½ Spanish onion, thinly sliced
½ fennel bulb, finely sliced
1 red chilli, thinly sliced
1 cup fresh mint, chopped
Juice of 2 limes
2 tablespoons tequila
Salt and pepper
¼ cup shaved coconut

Fresh lime halves, grilled
Fresh mint sprigs


Prepare barbecue or grill for direct grilling over high heat. Brush and oil the grill grate.

Using a very sharp knife, slash the fish on both sides on an angle at 1 inch intervals, being careful not to cut the flesh too deep.

Place the fish on a tray and then rub all over and inside the cavity with the Sriracha. Stuff the cavity with the lime slices and fennel, and season well with salt and pepper. Drizzle with oil, then arrange the fish on the grill directly over the flame/heat. Grill, turning carefully only once, until charred and cooked through (approximately 7 minutes each side). Transfer the fish to serving plates or a platter and keep warm.

Meanwhile, prepare the Tequila Pineapple Salsa. Combine all ingredients (except the coconut) in a bowl and season to taste. Pile the salsa alongside the grilled fish and scatter the shaved coconut on top. Drizzle with a small amount of olive oil and garnish with grilled lime halves and fresh mint. Serve immediately.


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  • Alex
    Posted at 18:38h, 12 April Reply

    I am exactly the same as you – I LOVE sweet and savoury together. It works so well. And I am loving the sound of this salsa – I just know it would be delicious with that gorgeous fish! Superb recipe, Jaimie!

    • jaimieeats
      Posted at 07:38h, 13 April Reply

      Thanks Alex, its a really fresh and light dish that definitely ticks the sweet/savoury boxes 🙂

  • Sarah
    Posted at 18:50h, 12 April Reply

    Yum, looks delicious! We are big pineapple and will be sure to give this s go 🙂

    • jaimieeats
      Posted at 07:37h, 13 April Reply

      Thanks Sarah, enjoy!

  • Sally
    Posted at 10:02h, 13 April Reply

    Love these flavours for the fish, sounds incredible! Next time I have a whole fish will certainly give this a try!

    • jaimieeats
      Posted at 10:10h, 13 April Reply

      Thank you Sally… be sure to let me know how it goes!

  • Sylvie
    Posted at 10:57h, 13 April Reply

    Such a gorgeous looking dish, so perfect for summer! Love the pineapple and fennel salsa, sounds so so fresh and delicious!

    • jaimieeats
      Posted at 11:02h, 13 April Reply

      Thanks Sylvie 🙂

  • Andrea
    Posted at 14:20h, 14 April Reply

    What a beautiful, vibrant dish! The sweet and savoury flavours sound amazing. Definitely one to try. Thanks for a great recipe!

    • jaimieeats
      Posted at 06:34h, 15 April Reply

      Thank you Andrea 🙂

  • Gavin
    Posted at 07:52h, 15 April Reply

    Barramundi – check
    Sriracha – check
    AND tequila – check, check and check again

    This is EXACTLY what I want to eat and it’s only 8am 😉

    • jaimieeats
      Posted at 17:02h, 18 April Reply

      Who am I to stop you having tequila that early?!

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