Panfried Fish

Top view of a white round plate with cooked fillet of fish topped with caper berries, a half lemon on side on green striped napkin next to a fork.
This is one of my favourite ways of cooking fish at home and we eat it regularly at Vinnies for our staff meal because it’s so tasty and quick to prepare. The fillets are in a sort of protective coating of flour and egg and this helps keep the fish beautifully moist, but at the same time there is this lovely buttery caramelised coating. To make this dish a little indulgent I serve it with my favourite simple sauce (see recipe below). Be careful with the cooking time β€” it will vary depending on how thick the fish fillets are β€” allow extra time for the fish to cook through if they are thicker. Also keep a close eye on the heat of the frying pan. It needs to be hot when the fish goes in, but not too hot or the butter will burn. Put a little of the butter in to test the heat β€” if the pan is too hot, just lift it off the heat for a minute or two, then carry on. When you are shopping smell the fish, it should have no odour at all and the fillets should look dry, not wet or slimy. Before seasoning and cooking fish fillets place them on paper towels, pat dry and remove any stray bones or scales.

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Dinner
Servings 2



  • Season the fish with salt on both sides then dip into flour, shaking off the excess and whisked eggs.
  • Whisk the eggs then pour into a shallow dish.
  • Heat a large frying pan until hot, then use tongs to dip the fish into the egg, completely coating the fillets on both sides.
  • Add the butter to the pan, allow to melt, then add the fish. Cook until golden on both sides and serve on hot plates with wedges of lemon and simple butter sauce (see below)
  • For the Simple butter sauce for the fish: Once the fish is out of the pan, add an extra Tbsp butter, cook until it begins to bubble and go brown, add 1 Tbsp lemon juice and 1 Tbsp chopped parsley, caper berries, some freshly ground pepper and spoon over the cooked fish.
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