Simple Pan Fried Fillet Steak Of Virtually Any Fish

Simple pan fried fillet steak of Virtually Any Fish


  • 2 fillet steaks of fish
  • A decent swig of olive oil
  • 20g butter
  • Juice of one lemon
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Defrost the fish. Slash the skin side two or three times with a sharp knife. Pat dry. Season.
  2. Heat the frying pan - higher than medium but not super-hot. Add the oil.
  3. When the oil is hot, add the fish, skin side down. 
  4. Press the fish down with a fish slice for a short time to prevent curling. Watch carefully. The skin should be crispy after about 3 minutes. When it’s crispy, turn the fish over. Do this very carefully so the fish steaks don’t break.
  5. Cook for about 2 minutes on this side. Turn back (carefully!) to skin side and move fish to side of pan. Add butter and lemon juice to empty side of pan. Swirl to make a nice lemon butter. Spoon this over the fish.
  6. Turn the heat off but leave the fish in the pan for 2 minutes to finish cooking. 
  7. Keeping it simple? Serve with asparagus, tomatoes or a green salad. And probably your favourite kind of potato. 
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