BEST EVER LEMON BUTTER SAUCE FOR FISH

A Lemon Butter Sauce with Crispy Pan Fried Fish that would be perfectly at home in a posh restaurant, yet is so quick to make at home! Browning the butter gives the sauce a rich, nutty aroma which pairs beautifully with fresh lemon, as well as thickening the sauce and giving it a gorgeous golden colour.


Ingredients

LEMON BUTTER SAUCE:
60 g / 4 tbsp unsalted butter , cut into pieces
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
Salt and finely ground pepper

CRISPY PAN FRIED FISH:
2 x thin white fish fillets (120-150g / 4-5oz each), skinless boneless (I used Bream, Note 1)
Salt and pepper
2 tbsp white flour
2 tbsp oil (I use canola)

SERVING:
Lemon wedges
Finely chopped parsley, optional

Instructions

LEMON BUTTER SAUCE :
  1. Place the butter in a light coloured saucepan or small skillet over medium heat.
  2. Melt butter then leave on the stove, whisking / stirring very now and then. When the butter turns golden brown and it smells nutty - about 3 minutes, remove from stove immediately and pour into small bowl. (Note 2)
  3. Add lemon juice and a pinch of salt and pepper. Stir then taste when it has cooled slightly. Adjust lemon/salt to taste.
  4. Set aside - it will stay pourable for 20 - 30 minutes. See Note 3 for storing.

CRISPY PAN FRIED FISH:
  1. Pat fish dry using paper towels. Sprinkle with salt & pepper, then flour. Use fingers to spread flour. Turn and repeat. Shake excess flour off well, slapping between hands if necessary.
  2. Heat oil in a non stick skillet over high heat. When the oil is shimmering and there are faint wisps of smoke, add fish. Cook for 1 1/2 minutes until golden and crispy on the edges, then turn and cook the other side for 1 1/2 minutes (cook longer if you have thicker fillets).
  3. Remove immediately onto serving plates. Drizzle each with about 1 tbsp of Sauce (avoid dark specks settled at the bottom of the bowl), garnish with parsley and serve with lemon on the side. 

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