Costco Barramundi {Taste, Health and Cooking Information!}

Costco is now selling barramundi and the fish is amazing!  The barramundi is available as ready to cook whole, skin on filets or as individually portioned frozen filets.

Let’s take a look at some of the most frequently asked questions about this fish including:

  • What does barramundi taste like?
  • Is barramundi better then salmon?
  • How do you cook barramundi?
  • Is barramundi healthy?
  • How much does barramundi cost at Costco?

Barramundi on a cutting board

Keep reading to see if this fish is right for you!

What Does Barramundi Taste Like?

This fish is perfect for people who “don’t like fish”.

Barramundi is a white fish with an extremely mild flavor.  The flavor of the fish is as milder than mahi mahi or cod and maybe even milder than catfish.

This fish does not have an oily, strong fish flavor.

One of the ways that Costco offers the fish is as a skin on whole filet and the skin does have a “fishy flavor” if you decide to eat it.

I love eating this fish with the Tattooed Chef’s Cauliflower Rice Stir Fry for a delicious, high protein, low calorie and filling meal.

Grilled Barramundi with Cauliflower Rice

Is Barramundi Better Than Salmon?

If you are trying to decide between this fish and the Costco Salmon then you have a couple of factors to consider.

The flavor profile of the two species are completely different so it comes down to what you like.  Personally I am not a fan of the taste or richness of salmon and greatly prefer the taste of barramundi.

If you are trying to choose based upon health and nutrition then barramundi is the much better choice.

Is Barramundi Healthy?

Barramundi is one of the healthiest fish species that I have come across.  It has a nutritional profile that is almost equivalent to mahi mahi in that it is a low in calories, fat and cholesterol while also being extremely high in protein.

Barramundi Nutrition

The fish grow fast and are farm raised which means they never have time to accumulate any detectable levels of mercury unlike other species such as tuna and orange roughy.

The fish is also naturally hardy so no they don’t need to be fed antibiotics to stay healthy.

Overall from a health perspective there is nothing to dislike about this fish.

How Do You Cook Barramundi?

This fish has a firm flesh that doesn’t try to fall apart which makes it incredibly easy to cook.

I simply season the fish and cook it on a hot grill.  I get my gas grill as hot as it will go then grill the fish for five minutes per side until it reaches an internal temperature of 145F.

When the fish is finished grilling I baste it with a lemon butter sauce it it tastes great!

Here is a collection of delicious recipes for this fish from the company that raises them.

grilled Barramundi Filet

 

How Much Does Barramundi Cost at Costco?

The fish is extremely affordable at Costco.

The frozen portion cost $8.245 per pound and come in a two pound bag for a total cost of $16.49.

Price of Frozen Barramundi at Costco

The ready to cook whole filets are slightly more expensive with a price of $9.99 per pound.  The average package size is about 2.5 pounds which brings the total cost to about $25.

This is a bargain compared to some of your other Costco seafood items like King Crab Legs and Lobster Tails!

Price of Whole Barramundi Filets at Costco

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