Brown Butter-Sauteed Tilapia with Pistachios

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 11 min
  • Prep: 3 min
  • Cook: 8 min
  • Yield: 2 servings
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1/2 cup all-purpose flour

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

4 (3-ounce) tilapia fillets

3 tablespoons unsalted butter

1 tablespoon canola or peanut oil

1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

4 thin slices lemon, for garnish

3 tablespoons roasted, salted shelled pistachios, roughly chopped


  1. Place flour in a shallow dish or resealable plastic bag and season with salt and pepper. Dredge fillets in flour mixture or add to bag, close, and shake to coat.
  2. Place 1 tablespoon of the butter and oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. When it foams, lower heat to medium-low. Shake excess flour off 2 of the fillets, add to pan, and cook until golden brown and crisp, about 2 minutes per side. Remove fillets to a plate and repeat with remaining fillets.
  3. Add remaining 1 tablespoon butter and cook until it begins to brown. Immediately remove from heat, stir in lemon juice, and pour over fish. Lay a lemon slice over each fillet, sprinkle pistachios over top and serve with mashed or roasted potatoes and a simple green salad.
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