Sauteed Flounder Or Tilapia With Lemon-Butter Sauce Just Like the French Do

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"This fish dish makes for a light, tasty and satisfying meal for any day of the week. It is also simple and quick to make and due to it's uncomplicated ingredients it heightens the freshness of the fish. Pares well with a side of rice or simple boiled potatoes along with a salad that is simply dredged with oil and vinegar and lightly salted."

Original recipe yields 4 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (196.5 g)
  • Calories 236.4
  • Total Fat - 17.8 g
  • Saturated Fat - 6.9 g
  • Cholesterol - 73.9 mg
  • Sodium - 731.3 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 6.2 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 1.7 g
  • Sugars - 1.7 g
  • Protein - 14.9 g
  • Calcium - 42.9 mg
  • Iron - 0.6 mg
  • Vitamin C - 28.4 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.1 mg

Step 1

Pat dry both sides of the fish with paper towels and then sprinkle both sides with salt and pepper. Heat the oil in a medium skillet (don't use nonstick) over medium-high heat until it ripples but isn't smoking, 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. While the oil is heating, use a fresh paper towel to pat dry both sides of the filets a second time.

Step 2

Sprinkle a little flour over both sides of the fillets and then use your fingers or a silicone brush to evenly coat both sides. Add the fillets to the hot oil and cook, without moving, for 2 minutes. Slide a think spatula underneath the fillets (making sure to use firm pressure to scrape up any of the golden crust that may be sticking to the bottom) and carefully flip them.

Step 3

Place a slice of butter on top of each fillet. It will melt and drip into the saucepan. Cook until the fillets spring back to light pressure, about 2 minutes. Use a spatula to transfer the fish to a platter or to 4 plates. Pour the lemon juice into the pan and scrape up any browned bits stuck to the bottom of the pan. Stir in the fresh herbs and serve the sauce over the fish.

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.



Nice flavored fish and we loved the sauce! Lemon has its way of making fish taste so much better. I used flounder this time.

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(13 Aug 2019)


Best way to fix white fish—simple and tasty. I used to do a similar recipe with sole, but it is hard to find here now. I used tilapia, with parsley, chives and basil. Worked very well in a cast iron skillet (I cut recipe down for 2).

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(28 Feb 2019)


I have been wanting to make this but was waiting for fish to go on sale. It finally did and I picked up some flounder. I cut the recipe down to serve one. This was very good. The fish was so moist and I loved it! Served with chunky mashed garlic red potatoes and sauteed peas and green beans it was a delicious meal!

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(23 Jul 2018)


Fantastic recipe! Fast and easy with lots of flavour. Used haddock, meyer lemons and fresh chives from my garden. I have always enjoyed fish prepared this way. Thanks Nat for another awesome recipe. Made for Billboard Recipe Tag.

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(6 May 2017)


I loved the lemon flavor...made with tilapia and basil...nice and quick...

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(4 May 2016)


I cut the recipe into 1 (4 ounce) serving for just myself, and used haddock and coconut flour, along with fresh basil and shallots. It was just plain delicious! I will be making this often, because it's easy and quick and very tasty. Thank you for sharing this here with us Forevermama! Linda

(18 Mar 2016)