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Pan-fried fish with lemon-cream sauce & capers

 In Dinner/Supper, Lunch, Seafood

Pan-fried fish with lemon-cream sauce

I really love simple dinners where the ingredients are fresh as can be and it takes you a maximum of 20 minutes to knock everything together. Last night I made a simple pan-fried fish (hake) for dinner and instead of the usual garlic butter or simple lemon to serve it with, I decided to make a light lemon-cream sauce flavoured with pepper and garlic.

Pan-fried fish with lemon-cream sauce


Pan-fried fish with lemon-cream sauce

The sauce complimented the fish beautifully and added just enough flavour without overpowering the delicate hake. I added a few capers to add a sharp, delicious zing and served the fish with steamed asparagus and fresh bread. This meal ticks all the boxes for a weeknight meal for me. Quick, delicious and satisfying!

Pan-fried fish with lemon-cream sauce

Pan-fried fish with lemon-cream sauce & capers
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Recipe type: Fish, Dinner,
Serves: 4
for the lemon-cream sauce
  • 1 cup cream
  • juice and zest of 2 lemons
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • salt & pepper to taste
for the fish
  • 4 fish fillets (I used fresh hake)
  • ¾ cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons seasoning spice of your choice (I used a fish spice)
to serve
  • capers
  • steamed asparagus
  • fresh bread
  1. To make the sauce, combine all the ingredients in a small saucepan and allow to simmer for 10 minutes until reduced slightly.
  2. For the fish, combine the flour, salt & seasoning spice and coat the fish fillets thoroughly.
  3. Fry the fish in a hot pan (in a little vegetable oil, skin-side down first) until golden brown then carefully flip over and fry for another 4-5 minutes until the fish is cooked through and golden brown.
  4. Serve the cooked fish with the sauce, capers, asparagus & fresh bread.

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Alida Ryder
Being a general food freak has proven to be quite helpful in this career I've found myself in. Author of two cookbooks, photographer, food stylist. Mom to twins. Ex make-up and hair artist obsessed with beautiful clothes and spaces. I love a good G&T and I've been known to spend too much money on shoes.
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  • Seyarra

    Oh man, I used tilapia filets with the flour seasoned with old bay spice and I must say it was a hit! So flavorful with the sauce. This will be one of my recipes to cook with! Thank you so much for sharing!

  • 2 Sisters 2 Cities

    My husband is making this tonight with fresh flounder from the farmers market…looking forward to trying it!


  • Cindy

    Wonderful!! I used cod and served it over rice pilaf – it was perfect! The flavor is amazing and refreshing. Thank you!

  • Turning the Pages

    This looks delicious! I was wonder what other types of fish you could use this recipe on though.

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