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Fish with Brown Butter Sauce Recipe

Fish with Brown Butter Sauce

Cook Time 15 minutes

Fish is incredibly good for you but you sometimes have to dress it up to get the kids to eat it. Make this with the outrageously delicious brown butter sauce and it will be outrageously good, and your fish-dissing children will (at least one of them) love it.

by Catherine Newman

What you'll need

  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt (or half as much table salt)
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pound white fish fillets (e.g. haddock, sole, flounder, cod)
  • 3 tablespoons butter (divided use)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 1 tablespoon capers (optional, of course)
  • Chopped parsley


Yield: Serves 4-5

How to make it

  1. Put an ovenproof platter in a 200 F degree oven to heat.
  2. In a wide frying pan over medium-high heat, heat 1 tablespoon of the butter and the olive oil. Meanwhile, season the flour with the salt and pepper, then dredge the fish fillets and shake off the excess.
  3. Fry the fish until golden brown -- beneath a minute or two -- then flip, and fry until cooked through (this will take from one to five minutes, depending on the thickness of your fish). Remove the fish to the warmed platter. It may very well fall apart, and you will have to live with this messy fact.
  4. Add the remaining butter to the pan, and use a spatula to scrape up all the lovely golden bits that may have stuck to the bottom. Stir and swirl, scraping the bottom, for a minute or two, until the butter is deeply golden and fragrant (turn off the heat immediately if it seems like anything is burning ever). Turn off the heat and stir in the lemon juice and capers and salt to taste.
  5. Pour the sauce over the fish, garnish with parsley (or celery leaves, if you forgot to get parsley), and serve.