Brown Butter Perch

14 Reviews 1 Pic
  • Prep

    10 m
  • Cook

    10 m
  • Ready In

    20 m
Chef John
Recipe by  Chef John

“I love perch. I love everything about them--the sweet, delicate flavor, the striking coloration, and the stubborn fight they put up for their size. The key here is getting the butter to a perfect nutty brown. Technically it's still butter, but something happens when it's toasted like this, and it really does become another ingredient altogether.”

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Ingredients

Adjust Servings

Original recipe yields 4 servings

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Directions

  1. Whisk flour, salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper in a bowl. Gently press perch fillets into flour mixture to coat, shaking off any excess flour.
  2. Heat butter in a skillet over medium heat until butter is foaming and nut-brown in color. Working in batches, place filets in skillet and cook until light golden, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer cooked fillets to a plate, squeeze lemon juice over the top, and serve.

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Reviews (14)

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Baking Nana
18

Baking Nana

Easy, fast & very tasty. I used sole as fresh perch are nearly impossible to get here. This is one of those meals that comes together in a snap.

JanetGB13
13

JanetGB13

Really easy and good! The only modification I made was a trick I've learned over the years about fish. I cook the fish about 1/3 to 1/4 less the usual time, then remove from heat, cover and let sit for at least 15 minutes (even a 1/2 hour). The fish stays warm enough and it gets juicier over time and doesn't dry out.

irayd8 no more!
12

irayd8 no more!

Very simple and tasty. My husband loves perch and I was tired of just breading and frying-will use this recipe again.

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Nutrition

Amount Per Serving (4 total)

  • Calories
  • 271 cal
  • 14%
  • Fat
  • 11.5 g
  • 18%
  • Carbs
  • 30.9 g
  • 10%
  • Protein
  • 12.6 g
  • 25%
  • Cholesterol
  • 43 mg
  • 14%
  • Sodium
  • 703 mg
  • 28%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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