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Pan Seared Fish Fillet

Pan Seared Fish Fillet

Weeknight Wonder: Pan-Seared Fish with Lemon Butter Sauce

Craving a delicious and healthy meal that's ready in under 30 minutes? Look no further than this Pan-Seared Fish with Lemon Butter Sauce! This easy-to-make recipe is perfect for busy weeknights and offers a taste sensation that will leave you wanting more.

Why You'll Love This Recipe:

  • Effortless Elegance: This recipe requires minimal ingredients and simple steps, making it ideal for cooks of all skill levels.
  • Versatility at its Finest: Use any type of fish fillet you prefer! This recipe works beautifully with cod, tilapia, salmon, catfish, or any other flaky white fish.
  • Flavor Explosion: The combination of pan-seared fish, tangy lemon, and rich butter sauce creates a delightful flavor profile that is both satisfying and healthy.


  • For the Pan-Seared Fish:

    • Fish fillets (2-3 fillets, about 6 ounces each) of your choice
    • Seafood seasoning blend (to taste)
    • Olive oil (for coating the pan)
    • 2 tablespoons butter
  • For the Lemon Butter Sauce:

    • 1 lemon, sliced
    • 1 tablespoon capers


  1. Season Like a Pro: Generously season your fish fillets with the seafood seasoning blend of your choice.

  2. Heating Up for Searing: Heat a large skillet or pan over medium-high heat. Add just enough olive oil to lightly coat the bottom of the pan. Once the oil is hot, add the butter.

  3. Searing to Perfection: Place the seasoned fish fillets in the hot pan and cook for 4-5 minutes per side, or until golden brown and cooked through. Be careful not to overcrowd the pan, as this can prevent proper searing.

  4. Introducing the Flavor Boosters: While the fish cooks on its second side, add the sliced lemon and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice to the pan. Then, sprinkle in the capers.

  5. Letting the Flavors Marry: Let the lemon, capers, and butter simmer for a minute or two, allowing the flavors to meld and create a delicious sauce.

  6. Plating and Enjoying: Transfer the cooked fish fillets to serving plates. Spoon the flavorful lemon butter sauce over the fish.

  7. Serving Suggestions: Pair your Pan-Seared Fish with Lemon Butter Sauce with a light and refreshing side dish, such as a tomato and arugula salad for a complete and healthy keto-friendly meal.


  • For an extra crispy crust, pat the fish fillets dry with paper towels before seasoning and searing them.
  • Don't overcrowd the pan. Cook the fish in batches if necessary to ensure proper searing.
  • If the sauce thickens too much, add a tablespoon or two of water or broth to thin it out slightly.
  • Feel free to experiment with different herbs or spices to personalize the flavor profile of the dish.