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Recipe by: Lisa Prince

Pan-Seared Fish with basil-caper butter

This is an easy sauce you can serve with several varieties of North Carolina Fish.

Servings: 2
Cook Time: Prep Time: 5 minutes; Total Time: 15 minutes
Meal Type: Entree
NC Ingredients: fish, basil

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Fish fillets (flounder or seabass)
Tbsp. olive oil
Tbsp. lemon juice
Tbsp. butter
Tbsp. capers, drained
Tbsp. fresh basil, torn into pieces
Salt and Pepper to taste


Pat the fish dry with paper towels. Season both sides with salt and pepper.

In a medium non-stick pan, heat 1 Tbsp. olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the seasoned fish. Cook 2 to 3 minutes per side, or until browned and cooked through. Leaving any browned bits (or fond) in the pan, transfer to a plate. Loosely cover with foil to keep warm.

 To the pan, add the lemon juice and butter. Cook on medium, stirring constantly and scraping up any fond, 1 to 2 minutes until the butter has melted.

Return the fish to the pan and spoon the lemon-butter up over the fish.

Turn off the heat, add the capers and basil. Season to taste with salt and pepper.


Recipes found on this page are from Got to Be NC members, staff, industry partners and Stove Side Chats. Stove Side Chats is Got to Be NC’s cooking show hosted by restaurant marketing specialist Chad Blackwelder. This series invites chefs and home cooks from around the state to teach you how to cook with in-season North Carolina deliciousness.