Fish Fillets with Brown Butter (Pan Fried)

Cosette Khoryati


This is one of my favorite fish dishes. Quick, simple and delicious.

★★★★★ 2 votes
10 Min
15 Min
Pan Fry

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Notes from the Test Kitchen:
I come from a family of fisherman. So, I am a fish lover and have enjoyed fried fish all my life. But, I never have had it this way! I loved the brown butter sauce over the fish. I will be definitely be fixing this one again.


fish fillets (i like white fish for this recipe like cod but any fish would work)
4 Tbsp
2 Tbsp
olive oil (sunflower or canola oil)
1/2 c
salt and pepper
2 Tbsp
lemon juice
thyme or oregano (i prefer dried)


1-Season fish on both sides with salt and pepper.
-Lightly dredge fish in flour and shake off excess. (I like to season the flour with salt and pepper as well)
-When pan is hot, add olive oil followed immediately by 1-2 tablespoons butter.
-When butter is melted, place fish in the pan and jiggle pan for the first 10 seconds to keep the fish from sticking.
-Cook until golden crust forms on meat.
-Carefully turn fish on the other side and again jiggle pan for the first few seconds.
-Cook until skin turns golden brown.
-Remove to a warm plate.
-Pour out the cooking fat from the pan, then put the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter and melt them until they become hazel color.
-Turn off the heat, add the lemon juice and few leaves of thyme or oregano. (you can leave the herbs out)
-Pour the brown butter sauce over the fish fillets and serve.
2*Make sure you pat dry the fillets before working with them.
*The cooking time of the fish depends on the thickness of the fillets.
*It's better not to cover the fish while frying them so they won't become soggy from the trapped steam.

About Fish Fillets with Brown Butter (Pan Fried)

Course/Dish: Fish, Other Main Dishes, Seafood
Main Ingredient: Fish
Regional Style: French
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, For Kids