Fish Fillets with Brown Butter (Pan Fried)

Cosette Khoryati


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

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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. The Test Kitchen


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10 Min
15 Min
Pan Fry


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  • 2
    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)

How to Make Fish Fillets with Brown Butter (Pan Fried)


  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.

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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

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