I love fish and enjoy all kinds of fish recipes such as baked cod, swai fish and tilapia recipes.
Halibut is one of my favorite firm white fish. It has a mild and delicate taste, with a perfect texture for homemade fish recipes.
I went to a seafood market and got some fresh halibut fillets because they are so delicious.
I made two recipes from the fish: Ginger Soy Fish and this easy Garlic Butter Fish.
Garlic and butter are two magic ingredients that go well with all kinds of proteins, including fish recipes.
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Garlic Butter Sauce
How to make garlic butter sauce for fish recipes?
This magical sauce is very easy to make and calls for four simple ingredients:
- Minced garlic
- Melted butter
- Lemon juice
- Chopped parsley
A perfect ratio of each ingredient is important for the best Garlic Butter Sauce recipe, which you can get from my recipe card below.
This Garlic Butter Fish recipe is just like the ones served at seafood restaurants, except that it’s homemade and much cheaper.
The dish is perfect as a main course; it also pairs well with a simple pasta dish.
- Use a firm white fish. Other than halibut, you can also use cod, mahi mahi or pollock.
- Use a wooden spatula to gently flip the fish over while cooking. Try not to break the fish.
How Many Calories per Serving?
Fish are extremely healthy and low calories. This recipe is only 346 calories per serving.
What Dishes to Serve with This Recipe?
This meal is best served as an main dish with garlic butter dipping sauce. For a wholesome meal and easy weeknight dinner, I recommend the following recipes.
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Garlic Butter Fish Recipe
Garlic Butter Fish - crispy and delicious pan-fried fish fillet with garlic butter sauce. This recipes takes 20 mins. Serve alone or with pasta for a wholesome dinner.
- 12 oz. firm white fish fillet (halibut, cod or pollock fillet)
- ground black pepper
- 3 dashes cayenne pepper
- 2 tablespoons corn starch
- 2 tablespoons cooking oil
- lemon wedges
Garlic Butter Sauce
- 1/2 stick salted butter 4 tablespoons, melted
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
1Cut the fish into pieces, not to thin for easy pan-frying. Season the fish with salt, black pepper and cayenne pepper. Coat the fish with corn starch. Set aside.
2Prepare the Garlic Butter Sauce by mixing all the ingredients together. Set aside.
Heat up a skillet (preferably non-stick) on medium heat. Add the cooking oil and once the oil is heated, pan-fry the fish in a single layer until both sides turn crispy and golden brown.
Use a wooden spatula or tong to gently flip the fish over. Try not to break the fish.
5Remove the fish from the skillet and drain on paper towels. Toss the fish with the Garlic Butter Sauce and serve immediately with lemon wedges.
I used halibut in this recipe. Make sure to use firm white fish.
Absolutely fabulous! We made this with cabezon and it was incredible and SO simple! Love your site!
Thanks so much for trying my recipe!
Really exited to make it at home. You have described this recipe so nicely that helped me very much . I am as always looking forward for more such delicious recipes from you.
I was at the grocery store yesterday, here in Maryland near DC, and halibut was $32/pound. I love it, but I don’t think I’ll be having it till the price comes way down. Will try the catfish or cod suggestion though. I wonder why it’s so high priced these days? Crab is priced out of our reach too, and we aren’t poor.
You can try cheaper white fish of your choice.
I use catfish nuggets all the time with this recipe. Yesterday it was $2.69 per lbs. It’s great this way and won’t break the bank during these difficult economic times.
can you do this as an air fryer recipe?
You can try!
Air fryer? I wouldn’t try fish in one of those things.
We do catfish in the AF and it is great. Not sure why you believe it would not work or would not deliver the taste?
we have done many types of fish in air fryer! All of them turned out great. Less calories, can be crispy and seals in moisture
I defrosted some fish and didn’t know what to do with it! I made your recipe and it was delish. I was lovin it ?
Awesome!! Thanks for trying.
Can’t beat the combination of butter, garlic, parsley and lemon. We used walleye because it was what we had on hand, and it worked out just fine. Highly recommend.
Tried this recipe and mmmm..so mouthwateringly delicious. thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe. Can never go wrong with your recipes. have been a lifesaver when i was studying in the EU and even now when am back home in Malaysia.
Can you use red snapper?
I don’t do cornstarch. Can this be made with arrowroot or another starch?