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Lemon Brown Butter Perch

Lemon Brown Butter Perch

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Lemon Brown Butter Perch is a simple yet incredibly flavorful recipe. Perch filets are lightly dredged in flour and fried in brown butter and served with a squeeze of lemon. Serve with your favorite rice, a simple salad or your favorite veggie side dish. 
Course Mains & Entrees
Cuisine American
Keyword boiled dinner, brown butter, dinner easy, lemon, perch, seafood
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Total Time 22 mins
Servings 4 servings
Calories 236
Author Laurie McNamara


  • 2/3 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • pound perch about 8 filets, see notes
  • 4 tablespoons butter salted
  • 1 whole lemon cut into wedges


  • In a shallow dish, combine flour, salt and pepper.
  • Gently press filets in the flour mixture, shaking off any excess. You want a light coating.
  • Meanwhile, add butter to a 12-inch skillet. Cook over medium to medium-low heat, stirring occasionally until browned.
  • Work in batches of 2, cook 4 filets at a time for 3 minutes, flip and continue to cook another 2 to 3 minutes or until the fish flakes easily.
  • Transfer fish to a platter, and repeat with remaining perch filets.
  • Drizzle with remaining brown butter from the pan and serve with a squeeze of lemon over top. Season with salt and pepper if needed.


Because perch is so thin, I plan for 2 filets per person. However if making this recipe with tilapia, I would only prepare it with 1 filet per person.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 236kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 125mg | Sodium: 727mg | Potassium: 328mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 298IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 97mg | Iron: 2mg