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Pan-Seared Branzino

This pan-seared branzino recipe is a speedy dinner for two that can be ready in about 15 minutes. It's a fancy dish you can serve for a romantic dinner without breaking your wallet.
Prep Time 4 mins
Cook Time 6 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian, world
Servings 2
Calories 247 kcal


  • a large heavy non-stick or stainless steel skillet


  • 2 branzino fish fillets, (pat the fish dry with paper towels, let them come to room temperature)
  • sea salt and black pepper, (as needed)
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 sprigs thyme leaves
  • ½ tbsp fresh lemon juice


  • With your hand at least 12 inches away, lightly sprinkle salt and black pepper on both sides of fish fillets in a single layer, right before cooking.
  • Preheat a large heavy non-stick or stainless-steel skillet over high heat (hot but not smoking). Lower heat to medium, heat the oil for a few seconds, and let it spread accross the pan.
  • Cook fish fillets, skin-side up for 90 seconds - 2 minutes, until lightly browned. Carefully flip the fish fillets and cook the skin for 3 minutes.  
  • Add butter, thyme, and fresh lemon juice to pan. Tilt the pan slightly and use a spoon to baste the fish with melted butter. Continue basting until cooked through for about 1 minute or more, depending on the thickness of the fish.


To store the leftover: Place the leftover pan-seared fish in an airtight container. Properly stored, it can last 3-4 days in the fridge or up to a month in the freezer. 
To reheat the leftover: Place the fish fillets on a lightly greased baking sheet. Broil for 1-3 minutes on each side to reheat it. Leave the oven door partially ajar during cooking. 


Calories: 247kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 15gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 98mgSodium: 60mgPotassium: 231mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 474IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 20mgIron: 1mg
Keyword branzino fish fillets, how to cook branzino fish, pan-seared branzino
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