Try this easy-to-make baked lemon butter fish. Deliciously tender and succulent white fish fillets are cooked in a tangy lemon butter sauce.
This flavorful dish will wow your guests with its savory flavor, and the simple preparation makes it an ideal choice for busy cooks. Whether serving this dish at a family gathering or simply making it for yourself during the week, baked fish with a lemon butter sauce will surely be a hit.
This recipe combines white fish with butter, lemon juice, and seasonings for a beautiful blend of ingredients that come together in perfect harmony. The butter adds richness without overpowering the delicate flavors of the lemon and herbs.
The fish will turn out succulent whenever cooked in foil in the oven. Serve over cauliflower rice or mashed potatoes with steamed vegetables on the side to complete this satisfying meal!
The baked butter fish recipe is a fast, easy, tasty dish that the entire family can enjoy. Preparing this recipe does not require much time or effort. All it takes are simple ingredients that can easily be found in any kitchen pantry.
The best thing about the recipe is that you only need a few simple ingredients to make it.
Here is what you will need to make the dish:
- Salted butter
- White fish fillets like cod or flounder
- Salt and pepper
- Seafood seasoning
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You should begin by preheating the oven and rinsing off the fillet with cold water. Pat dry with a paper towel, then place on a cutting board. When possible, use fresh-caught fish instead of frozen; this will give more flavor and texture to your final dish.
Dot the butter over the bottom of a rimmed baking pan.
Season the fish with salt and black pepper.
Place the fish over the butter on the sheet pan and bake for 10 minutes.
Remove from the oven and baste the fish with the melted butter from the pan.
Season both sides of the fish with fresh lemon juice to create a lemon butter sauce.
Sprinkle on the seafood seasoning and bake for another 10 minutes or until the fish flakes easily.
Here are a few easy variations to change up this lemon butter fish recipe:
- Lemon-Pepper: Add freshly squeezed lemon juice and black pepper to the melted butter before basting the fish.
- Garlic-Herb: Mix minced fresh garlic, fresh herbs (such as parsley, thyme, or basil), and grated Parmesan cheese into the melted butter.
- Spicy: Add some red pepper flakes or cayenne pepper to the melted butter for a spicy kick.
- Mustard-Dill: Mix in some Dijon mustard and freshly chopped dill into the melted butter.
- Coconut-Curry: Mix in some coconut milk and curry powder into the melted butter for a tropical twist.
- Mexican-Style: Add chili powder, cumin, and paprika to the melted butter, then top the fish with a mixture of diced tomatoes, jalapeños, and red onions.
Follow these tips for the best results.
- Choose the right fish: Opt for firm-fleshed fish such as salmon, cod, haddock, or halibut, as they hold up well when baked and don't fall apart.
- Season the fish: Season it generously with salt and freshly ground black pepper to enhance its flavor.
- Baste the fish: Basting it with melted butter keeps it moist and flavorful as it bakes.
- Rest: Once the fish is finished baking, let it rest for a few minutes before serving. This will allow the flavors to develop and the fish to firm up.
- Add a garnish. Herbs are one of our favorite options for adding tasty toppings. Try combining fresh parsley, oregano, basil, and thyme with olive oil and lemon juice for a simple yet delicious option that adds bright flavor without overpowering the main entrée.
Serve the baked fish with some extra melted lemon butter sauce, lemon wedges, or fresh herbs for extra flavor.
An excellent pairing for this baked butter fish recipe is roasted vegetables. Choose an assortment of your favorite vegetables and season them with fresh herbs and garlic before roasting them in a hot oven. This will bring out their natural sweetness and provide a hearty side dish to balance out the delicate flavors of the butter fish.
If you prefer something lighter, serve your fish with a light salad. Try tossing together mixed lettuce leaves with cherry tomatoes, cucumber slices, feta cheese, and olives for a Mediterranean-inspired flavor combination.
Storing leftover lemon butter fish is simple and easy.
First, let the cooked fish cool to room temperature before transferring it to an airtight container. Then, place the fish in a shallow dish or container with a tight-fitting lid. Place the container in the refrigerator and use it within two days for best results.
If you plan on storing your fish for longer than two days, you can freeze it for up to three months. To freeze, wrap the cooled fish tightly with plastic wrap or aluminum foil and place in a freezer-safe bag or container. Make sure to label the package with the date before freezing it so you know when it was stored. When ready to eat, thaw in the refrigerator overnight before reheating in a preheated oven at 350°F (175°C).
Try combining garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, and oregano for a classic flavor combination. These seasonings will bring out the fish's natural sweetness while adding a hint of savory flavor.
For white-fleshed fish like cod or haddock, remove it from the oven when it is opaque and flakes easily with a fork.
Browned butter fish is a delicious and easy meal to make. To begin, melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Stir the butter continuously until it begins to foam and turn golden brown. This will take about 4-5 minutes. Once the butter is browned, add the fish fillets to the pan and season with salt and pepper. Cook for 3-4 minutes per side or until the fish is cooked through.
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- Salmon salad is ready in minutes for an easy, nutritious meal.
- ½ cup salted butter
- 1 pound cod or flounder fillets
- ¾ teaspoon salt
- Dash black pepper
- 1 lemon
- ½ teaspoon seafood seasoning
- Preheat the oven to 400°F. Dot the butter over the bottom of a rimmed sheet pan.
- Season the fish with salt and black pepper. Place the fish fillets over the butter on the sheet pan and bake for 10 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and baste the fish with the melted butter from the pan. Season both sides of the fish with the juice from the lemon and the seafood seasoning. Bake for another 10 minutes, or until the fish flakes easily.
Basting it with melted butter keeps it moist and flavorful as it bakes. Once the fish is finished baking, let it rest for a few minutes before serving. This will allow the flavors to develop and the fish to firm up. Herbs are one of our favorite options for adding tasty toppings. Try combining fresh parsley, oregano, basil, and thyme with olive oil and lemon juice for a simple yet delicious option that adds bright flavor without overpowering the main entrée.