Pan Seared Fish Recipe

This recipe will guide you through the process of making perfectly pan-seared fish with a crispy exterior and tender, flaky interior. It’s a quick and delicious way to prepare fish, perfect for a weeknight dinner or a special occasion.


  • 2 fish fillets (such as salmon, cod, or tilapia)
  • Salt, to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • Fresh herbs (such as parsley or dill), chopped, for garnish
  • Lemon wedges, for serving


  1. Prepare the Fish:
  • Pat the fish fillets dry with paper towels. This helps achieve a crispy skin.
  • Season both sides of the fillets generously with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  1. Heat the Pan:
  • In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat until shimmering.
  1. Sear the Fish:
  • Carefully place the fish fillets in the hot skillet, skin-side down if the fillets have skin.
  • Press down gently with a spatula to ensure the skin makes good contact with the pan.
  • Cook without moving the fillets for about 3-4 minutes, or until the skin is crispy and the fish is cooked halfway up the sides.
  1. Flip the Fish:
  • Add the butter to the pan and let it melt.
  • Flip the fish fillets carefully using a spatula.
  • Add the minced garlic to the pan.
  • Continue cooking for another 2-3 minutes, basting the fish occasionally with the melted butter and garlic, until the fish is opaque and flakes easily with a fork.
  1. Finish and Serve:
  • Remove the fish from the pan and drizzle with fresh lemon juice.
  • Garnish with chopped fresh herbs.
  • Serve immediately with lemon wedges on the side.

Enjoy your perfectly pan-seared fish with a side of your favorite vegetables or a light salad for a complete meal!

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