Easy Pan Seared Fish with Butter Sauce and Asparagus
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Quick to prepare fish meal for the family. Serve the sauce on the side in a little bowl with a serving spoon or on top of the fish from the middle of the table with a side of pan seared asparagus. Other side dishes you can offer include crusty bread, rice, mashed potato, roasted vegetables or a salad.
Serves: 4
  • 4 large Fillets of Fish (Flounder, Whiting, Basa, John Dory, Flat Head, Monk Fish etc - see note above)
  • 7 Tbsp Butter (or Olive Oil)
  • 2 Tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 1 bunch of Asparagus
  • (Salt and Pepper Optional)
  1. Heat 3 tbsp of butter in a large fry pan that can fit all 4 fillets of fish (otherwise you may need to do it in batches and use a bit more butter).
  2. When hot, add the fish and cook on each side for 3 - 5 minutes (depending on the thickness). Season the fish as you like at this stage with salt and pepper. Once cooked, remove the fish to place it on some absorbent paper towel.
  3. To the pan, add the remaining 4 tbsp of butter and lemon juice. Whisk while it heats up, when it starts to get a little brown, pour it into to a side bowl / gravy boat. (If doing the olive oil substitute, just heat it through with the lemon juice.)
  4. Rinse and trim the bottoms from the asparagus, add to the pan after the sauce has been made. This will impart a nice flavour. The asparagus will need to be turned over a few times and will take about 3 minutes to be cooked through.
Recipe by Play With Food at https://www.playwithfood.com.au/fish_butter_sauce/