Easy 20 Minute Fish In Lemon Butter Sauce

Pan Fried Fish Lemon Butter Sauce Recipe ThrifDeeDubai

This Easy Lemon Butter Fish only takes 20 minutes and a handful of ingredients. What more could you ask of an easy #bishbashbosh weeknight meal?

We all want to give the brood something delicious & nutritious, but we don’t always have the time to be faffin about in the kitchen. That’s where my super easy pan fried fish in a rich lemon butter sauce comes in!
This easy recipe is doable with any tender, flaky, mild white fish, a nice fresh cod or halibut will do! Just make sure your fish is a decent thickness, you don’t want it breaking up in the pan!
No need to put this recipe off until you’ve done the weekly shop because you’re most probably hoarding the ingredients in your kitchen as we speak!

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So ill give you what you’ve  come for, my fish in lemon butter sauce recipe –

Easy Weeknight 20 Minute Fish In Lemon Butter Sauce

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 1-2 Fish Fillets


  • 2 Fish Fillets
  • 1/2 Cup Of All Purpose Flour
  • 1 Stick Of Butter (I use salted)
  • 2 Lemons (juiced, save half for sauce)
  • 1/2 a stock cube
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • Handful of Coriander


  1. Wash & prepare your fish and wash/soak in lemon.
  2. While you soak the fish in lemon, lay some flour on a plate and season the flour generously with salt & pepper.
  3. Shake off the excess liquid from the fish and dredge into the flour & make sure it's all coated completely.
  4. Melt some butter in a pan and lightly fry the fish on all sides until golden brown.
  5. Set fish aside and in the same pan melt some more butter.
  6. Once melted, squeeze in half of the lemon juice & add half a cup of stock water, handful of coriander & more butter as desired.
  7. Simmer for a few minutes and serve over fish.


The cook time can vary depending on the thickness of your fish, I'd say 3-4mins each side should be enough.


This is down to each persons personal preference, You can play this by eye and taste, some people prefer a more lemony sauce, while others like it more rich, So add to your liking. It can be teamed up with anything, from a herby rice creamy mash, roast paprika potatoes or steamed veg!
This is definitely tender, lemony, buttery, and lush!
Drizzle the sauce over your fish & enjoy it with your favorite side dish and enjoy!

How do you like yours? Was this recipe time saving enough? Let me know in the comments below & don’t forget to tag @thrifdee_dubai & share!




  1. 03/04/2018 / 12:53 am

    This looks delicious and I always have fish and lemons on hand at home. I might have to make this for dinner tonight as I am not in the mood to spend a lot of time cooking!

    • 03/04/2018 / 3:28 pm

      Yes its so quick! I actually made this again last night, but did it in breadcrumbs for a change 🙂

  2. 19/03/2018 / 11:48 pm

    Yummyyyy. This recipe is simple & easy & I can’t wait to try it out as my family loves fish. Thank you for sharing!

  3. 17/03/2018 / 12:19 am

    This looks delicious! Thanks for sharing your recipe – I might try it but replace the coriander with dil! its my new fave herb!

  4. 16/03/2018 / 5:20 pm

    Yum, this looks soo delish and juicy. I love fish so will have to try this recipe.

  5. 14/03/2018 / 7:52 pm

    :), I can almost smell it from here! Thank you for sharing.

  6. 14/03/2018 / 5:36 pm

    Oh I like nice and quick recipes, may have to try it out. The girls love fish. Will have to give it a go with cod.

  7. 14/03/2018 / 9:19 am

    This sounds like a great weekend brunch dish for my kids. I will prepare this weekend and will share the feedback with you. 🙂

    • 14/03/2018 / 9:30 am

      Yes please do! Would love to know if they enjoyed it! You can also tag me on Insta @thrifdee_dubai 😊

  8. muslimahmom16
    14/03/2018 / 3:27 am

    Yummy! A healthy and delicious quick fix. Thanks for sharing your recipe 🙂

  9. 13/03/2018 / 10:54 pm

    I definitely want to try this. I’m always looking for easy, healthy meals. Thanks!

  10. livebythesunshine
    13/03/2018 / 10:13 pm

    Oh I need to try this next week! I have not cooked fish in forever! Also, some of those products like the omelette flipper thing look really cool! (I know that is the official name lol)

  11. 13/03/2018 / 7:14 pm

    This fish so yummy! Which fish do you think is the best to use for this recipe? I am always looking for quick lean meals to make for my family. Thanks for sharing!

    • 13/03/2018 / 10:24 pm

      I’d say a tender white fish, depending on what you can get, I’m in the UAE & Hamour fillet is quite tasty here & not too expensive like others!

  12. 13/03/2018 / 5:40 pm

    Yum, sounds delicious and easy! You had me at butter… 😉

  13. 13/03/2018 / 5:12 pm

    Yes very quick & healthy 😊

  14. mommafitlyndsey
    13/03/2018 / 5:08 pm

    yum this looks so tasty! love that i’s a quick recipe for the weeknights too!

  15. nausheen1shaikhgmailcom
    13/03/2018 / 4:45 pm

    Fish is obviously very healthy food, full of Omega 3 fatty acids. This recipe looks healthy + tasty !! Thanks for sharing 💜

  16. 13/03/2018 / 3:38 pm

    Love this! I love fish, and I especially love that it only takes 20 minutes!

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