Simple Fish Recipe – Fish à la Meunière

Simple Fish Recipe - Fish à la Meunière

simple Belgian fish recipe with butter, lemon, and parsley sauce alongside boiled potatoes is quick and easy to make

When it comes to trying new food in a foreign country I’m more adventurous now than I was back in the 90’s when I played it safe.

As if the original 13-hour route from our starting point in Germany to Saint Tropez in France wasn’t long enough, we deviated and made a short visit to Belgium.

We squeezed in a tour of a church, a rock climb (real rock, not the man-made rock wall) and then ate lunch at a locally owned restaurant with lots of Belgium charm. It had a cozy combination of modern and antique style.


I will always remember it for its design and the taste of my meal. Flavor, as well as smell, is such strong trigger of emotions and memories.

Playing it safe I ordered a simple, classic Belgian dish of pan-seared fish, aka Sole Meunière. Although simple, this fish recipe influenced by French cooking didn’t lack in flavor.

As a matter of fact, fish à la meunière is one of my favorite ways to prepare fish to this day. It’s similar to Andrea’s tilapia, another simple recipe I adore.

Here you can see a Belgian chef in action, preparing his Sole Meunière.


 

Finding sole in my city is hit or miss, so I use whatever white fish fillet is on sale. I mean, it’s all about keeping it simple, right? And let me tell you, this dish is simplicity at its best. When ingredients are perfect, less is more.

As a matter of fact, this simple Belgian fish à la meunière recipe is here to prove it. Lightly fried white fish topped with brown butter lemon parsley sauce your family will love.

Simple Fish Recipe – Fish à la Meunière

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quick and simple white fish recipe, Belgian style

Ingredients:
Serves 4

4 white fish fillets (sole, cod, pollock, or
Salt and pepper to taste
4 tablespoon all-purpose flour
4 tablespoons butter
Juice of 1 lemon
2 tablespoons chopped fresh

 

~ Free Tip ~

Frozen fish tends to keep the moisture and fall apart when turning in the pan. Use fresh fish whenever you can. It tastes much better and has a better texture.

 

Directions:

In a shallow dish add flour. Season the fish with salt and pepper then gently press into the flour to coat. Shake off the excess flour.

In a large non-stick pan or cast iron skillet melt the butter over medium-high heat. When the butter begins to foam add the fish and then reduce the heat to medium.

Cook the fish 3-4 minutes on each side. Transfer the fish to a plate and keep warm.

Remove the skillet from the heat. Add the lemon juice and chopped parsley. Spoon the lemon butter sauce over fish fillet.

Serve alongside boiled potatoes (like the Belgians do) and your favorite vegetables.

Lightly fried white fish topped with brown butter lemon parsley sauce your family will love.

white flaky fish pan-fried to perfection. Simple Fish Recipe - Fish à la Meunière

Simple Fish Recipe – Fish à la Meunière

Prep Time: 10 hours, 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Simple Fish Recipe – Fish à la Meunière

Lightly fried white fish topped with brown butter lemon parsley sauce your family will love.

Ingredients

  • 4 white fish fillets (sole, cod, pollock, or tilapia)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh

Directions

In a large non-stick pan or cast iron skillet melt the butter over medium-high heat. When the butter begins to foam add the fish and then reduce the heat to medium.

Cook the fish 3-4 minutes on each side. Transfer the fish to a plate and keep warm.

Remove the skillet from the heat. Add the lemon juice and chopped parsley. Spoon the lemon butter sauce over fish fillet.

Serve alongside boiled potatoes (like the Belgians do) and your favorite vegetables.

Notes

~ Free Tip ~

Frozen fish tends to keep the moisture and fall apart when turning in the pan. Use fresh fish whenever you can. It tastes much better and has a better texture.

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With just a handful of ingredients this simple Belgian fish recipe comes together quickly and is a perfect dinner solution when short on time. Delicious fish in butter, lemon, parsley sauce.

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  1. Reply
    Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond
    June 10, 2017 at 1:55 am

    I love fish and keeping it simple is perfect to really retain the flavour. Thanks so much for sharing with us at #blogginggrandmotherslinkparty. I’ve pinned and shared on social media. Catch you at the link up next month!
    Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond.
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      Jas
      June 10, 2017 at 10:45 pm

      You are absolutely right, Sue! 😉

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    Grammy Dee from GrammysGrid.com
    June 8, 2017 at 2:34 pm

    I love fish and this looks good. Thanks Jas for linking up at the #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty. I shared this post.
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      Jas
      June 9, 2017 at 10:38 am

      🙂

  3. Reply
    Lori Hill-Smith
    June 3, 2017 at 11:34 pm

    We don’t eat much fish. I should try this! Thank you for sharing at #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty
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      Jas
      June 5, 2017 at 8:27 pm

      We love fish! You should try it, this one is really yummy 🙂

  4. Reply
    Donna
    June 2, 2017 at 7:19 pm

    This look healthy and delicious. You have definitely made me hungry!
    #blogginggrandmotherslinkparty .

    1. Reply
      Jas
      June 2, 2017 at 10:24 pm

      I hope I inspired you to try it, it’s really delicious!

  5. Reply
    Miz Helen
    May 30, 2017 at 4:51 pm

    A simple and delicious fish! Thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with us at Full Plate Thursday! Hope you are having a great week and come back to see us real soon.
    Miz Helen
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      Jas
      May 30, 2017 at 11:49 pm

      Thank you!!!

  6. Reply
    STEPHANIE
    May 29, 2017 at 3:40 pm

    This sounds amazing, Jas. The pictures are beautiful. Thanks for sharing at the To Grandmas House We Go Link Party. Scheduling to Pinterest too.
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      Jas
      May 29, 2017 at 6:03 pm

      Thanks a bunch, Stephanie!

  7. Reply
    Beverly
    May 26, 2017 at 10:32 pm

    I’ve never been very successful in cooking fish. Your recipe looks delicious! Thanks for partying with us at Snickerdoodle, Jas. Pinning.
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      Jas
      May 28, 2017 at 11:42 pm

      This one is easy-peasy, Beverly! Thanks for stopping in.

  8. Reply
    Theresa @DearCreatives
    May 25, 2017 at 2:13 pm

    We love fish. I have to try this recipe. Looks so delish! Thanks for sharing at the Inspiration Spotlight party. Pinned & shared. See you again soon.
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      Jas
      May 25, 2017 at 10:40 pm

      I’m sure you’ll like it, Theresa!

  9. Reply
    Marisa Franca @ All Our Way
    May 24, 2017 at 7:27 am

    Finding delicious fish recipes is always a goal for me. Hubby loves to fish, I love to cook, we both love a good fish meal so it is a win-win-win all around. I remember seeing a recipe similar to this a few years back and then I lost it. I’m pinning so this recipes doesn’t get lost.
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      Jas
      May 24, 2017 at 9:51 pm

      We love fish too but your Sicilian steak is making my mouth water 🙂 Thanks for stopping in, Marisa!

  10. Reply
    image-in-ing: weekly photo linky
    May 23, 2017 at 7:05 pm

    Wow! This looks simply delightful.
    Thanks for sharing at https://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2017/05/the-beautiful-city-of-jaffa.html
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      Jas
      May 23, 2017 at 8:43 pm

      Thanks! So glad you like it 🙂

  11. Reply
    Molly
    May 23, 2017 at 6:14 pm

    Looks so good. I love fish

    Mollyx

    1. Reply
      Jas
      May 23, 2017 at 8:41 pm

      Thank you, Molly!!!

  12. Reply
    Ann
    May 23, 2017 at 5:07 pm

    Yummmm..I love fish! Sometimes I find cod to be fishy so I tend to avoid it. I haven’t tried pollock though. Fish are so expensive here… 🙁
    You know what else is good with fish? Coat it with turmeric and then fry it. There’s just something special about it. 🙂
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      Jas
      May 23, 2017 at 8:39 pm

      Haven’t tried turmeric on fish yet but LOVE it on chicken and I add curry too! 🙂

  13. Reply
    Beverly
    May 22, 2017 at 4:21 pm

    Wow, I love fish and this recipe looks amazing. Thanks for sharing your wonderful posts at Over The Moon Party.
    See you next week.
    Hugs,
    Bev
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      Jas
      May 22, 2017 at 6:25 pm

      Thank you, Bev!

  14. Reply
    Cathleen @ A Taste of Madness
    May 21, 2017 at 5:20 pm

    I don’t cook with fish nearly enough. But after moving to Toronto, it’s hard to find fresh fish. Your fish recipe looks amazing!
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      Jas
      May 21, 2017 at 9:59 pm

      Thank you, Cathleen! It’s hard to find fresh fish here that isn’t farm raised and especially salt-water fish, but we make do with what we have 🙂

  15. Reply
    Helen at the Lazy Gastronome
    May 21, 2017 at 4:47 pm

    Wow -t hat looks so good!! Thanks for sharing at the What’s for Dinner party!
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      Jas
      May 21, 2017 at 10:00 pm

      Thank you, Helen! Have a great week!

  16. Reply
    Amy
    May 21, 2017 at 1:23 pm

    I’m all in when it comes to fish. This recipe is so simple. I really like that, but it also sounds delicious too. Shared and pinned. Thank you for sharing at Happiness is Homemade link party.

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      Jas
      May 21, 2017 at 10:03 pm

      Thank you, Amy! That’s kind of you!

  17. Reply
    Patrick@looneyforfood.com
    May 20, 2017 at 6:18 pm

    I need to eat more fish! I love how simple and fresh this is! And lemon an fish, can’t beat that combo!
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      Jas
      May 21, 2017 at 10:29 pm

      You are absolutely right!

  18. Reply
    Sara
    May 19, 2017 at 6:58 pm

    This looks really good! I like that it uses ingredients we already have in the house! The butter & lemon combo sounds perfect! Thanks for sharing this with us at the Home Matters Link Party, hope to see you again next week:) #HomeMattersParty

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      Jas
      May 21, 2017 at 10:31 pm

      Thank you, Sara! I’m glad you like it and you’re right about the ingredients, they are staple in every house 🙂

  19. Reply
    Debbie Kitterman
    May 19, 2017 at 1:25 pm

    Jas, this looks so yummy! I used to be afraid to try new things, but now I love trying new foods because I often find I really like them (especially when their inspiration is from another country)! Thanks for linking up with #TuneInThursday yesterday. See you next week!
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      Jas
      May 21, 2017 at 10:33 pm

      Hi, Debbie! So glad you like trying new foods now. My husband was the same way but is now happy to “expand his horizons”.

  20. Reply
    Michelle
    May 19, 2017 at 6:06 am

    Awwww man Jas, I have got to remember to visit your blog when my tummy is full. Your recipes drive me crazzeeeee. Everything always looks so delicious and there’s nothing nicer than fresh fish served with a lemon butter sauce.
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      Jas
      May 19, 2017 at 11:56 am

      Ha, that’s the best compliment ever! Thank you, my dear friend!

  21. Reply
    Mary
    May 18, 2017 at 4:16 pm

    Super easy and super yummy, especially with the lemon. In our house if we don’t put lemon on the fish it is considered a sin!

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      Jas
      May 19, 2017 at 12:00 pm

      Ha, ha. Is that a Greek thing? In my home country the lemon, garlic, and parsley is the only dressing fish needs. If fish is not too fishy, needs nothing especially if grilled.

  22. Reply
    Carlee
    May 18, 2017 at 2:11 pm

    Jas, this looks absolutely scrumptious. You are right that keeping it simple and using great ingredients can really make a dish sing. My guys and I will love this!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      May 19, 2017 at 12:02 pm

      Thank you, Carlee! Exploring different flavors is great but coming back to basics every once in a while is good too (especially if cooking on a budget).

    2. Reply
      Mary
      May 25, 2017 at 2:59 pm

      We have a lemon farm so it is a must. Also we add lots of oregano and parsley. And sometimes garlic when baking it.
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        Jas
        May 25, 2017 at 10:39 pm

        Ah, yes – the famous lemon orchard! Back home we make a dressing for grilled fish similar to this sauce, expect it’s cold and it consists of olive oil, lemon juice, fresh parsley and minced garlic. To die for! I should put that recipe up, now to think of it.

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