Lemon Butter Sauce for White Fish

by Oleg Nikitenko June 12, 2017

Lemon Butter Sauce for White Fish


     Lemon and butter seem to go hand-in-hand when you think about eating fish. There is a good reason for that. Butter and lemon work in harmony to create a unique and pleasant flavor profile that pairs wonderfully with any type of fish, but we are particularly fond of how it makes all white fish (flounder fillets and pollock fillets, for example) really stand out. Here is our simple recipe for lemon butter sauce for exquisite white fish. 


This recipe serves 4 – 6 people, depending on how much sauce you use for each piece of fish.

Cooking methods include:

The sauce uses one sauce pan on the stove and a few utensils, while the fish can be cooked in any way you choose.


lemon butter sauce White Fish

Approximate nutrition information (sauce only)

  • Calories     53.7
  • Fat calories         51
  • Cholesterol         15.3 mg
  • Sodium      54.9 mg

Ingredients (sauce only)

  • ¼ cup lemon juice, fresh squeezed
  • ½ tsp chopped shallot
  • Pinch salt
  • Quarter stick cold butter, cut into several pieces
  • Fresh chopped parsley to taste
  • (optional) chopped almonds for garnish 

Sauce directions

      In medium sauce pan over medium heat, add lemon juice, shallot, and salt. Reduce the mixture to about half. Once the lemon juice is reduced to half, add 1 small piece of cold butter to the pan. Lift pan, swirl in a circular motion, allowing butter to fully melt and mix with the sauce before adding the next piece. Repeat until all pieces are incorporated. It should appear slightly thicker and creamy at this stage. Add chopped parsley to taste and let warm for 30 seconds over low heat.

Ingredients (fish-frying style)

  • 4 – 6 white fish fillets (pollock, flounder, cod), fresh or thawed
  • Salt and pepper
  • Butter

lemon butter sauce White Fish

Fish directions

     Preheat a medium skillet on medium heat with enough butter to cover the bottom. Lightly salt and pepper each fillet of your chosen fish. Place fish into heated skillet. Cook to an internal temperature of at least 145 ⁰F.

     Plate your fish, then spoon a generous portion of your sauce over the fish. Garnish with more parsley, if you wish, and chopped almonds. If serving with pasta, the sauce can be used for the pasta as well.

Ready to try?

      If you're ready to try this sauce for your next seafood meal, we have great deals on white fish right here on Global Seafoods. Our prices can't be beat for the highest quality fish. Try our pollock, cod, or flounder with this delicious lemon butter sauce, and we're sure you'll love it.

Oleg Nikitenko
Oleg Nikitenko


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