Butter Fish Recipe


Butter Fish Recipe

How To Make Butter Fish

Lemon and seasonings bring out the delicate flavors of this butter fish dish. Pair it with a side of veggies and rice to make a quick and healthy dinner.

Prep: 7 mins
Cook: 12 mins
Total: 19 mins


  • 4 white fish fillets, about 6 inches long, 1-inch thickness (cod, halibut, or mahi would work well.)
  • 3 tbsp melted butter, but unsalted is fine
  • 1 medium lemon, juiced and zested
  • ½ tsp kosher salt, plus extra to taste
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • basil or parsley leaves, freshly chopped, for garnish and flavor
  • extra lemon slices, for serving


  1. Use paper towels to thoroughly pat-dry excess moisture from fish fillets – this step is crucial for fish to brown nicely in pan. Set aside.
  2. In a bowl, combine melted butter, lemon juice and zest, and ½ teaspooon kosher salt. Stir to combine well. Taste and add a bit more kosher salt, if desired.

  3. In a separate bowl, combine the remaining kosher salt, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, and black pepper. Evenly press spice mixture onto all sides of fish fillets.

  4. In a large, heavy pan over medium high heat, heat up the olive oil until hot. Once your oil is sizzling, Cook 2 fish fillets at a time to avoid overcrowding (allows for even browning.)

  5. Cook each side just until fish becomes opaque, feels somewhat firm in the center, and is browned – lightly drizzle some of the lemon butter sauce while cooking, reserving the rest for serving.

  6. Take care not to over-cook, as that will result in a tougher texture. Season with extra kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.

  7. Serve fish with with remaining lemon butter sauce, basil or parsley, and lemon wedges.


  • Sugar: 1g
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  • Calcium: 31mg
  • Calories: 344kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 4g
  • Cholesterol: 85mg
  • Fat: 22g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Iron: 1mg
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 13g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g
  • Potassium: 573mg
  • Protein: 35g
  • Saturated Fat: 4g
  • Sodium: 480mg
  • Vitamin A: 421IU
  • Vitamin C: 16mg
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