If you’re a seafood lover, you won’t want to miss out on the tender, flaky goodness of Pan-Seared Tilefish. This versatile fish can be prepared in various ways, from pan-searing and broiling to baking and grilling. It’s even perfect for air fryer enthusiasts! So, let’s dive into this mouthwatering recipe together.
If you’ve never tried tilefish before, you’re in for a treat. Keep an eye out for it at your local grocery store’s fish counter or fresh seafood market. While fresh tilefish fillets are preferable, you can also use frozen fillets. Just make sure to thaw the fish overnight in the refrigerator before cooking.
Contrary to what some may say, tilefish doesn’t taste like lobster. Instead, it has a mild flavor that could be compared to cod. The flesh is firm and flaky, making it a delight to cook with. You can broil, grill, or even bread and fry tilefish. Just remember not to overcook it, as it can become dry.
Ingredients to make Pan-Seared Tilefish
Let’s start by gathering all the ingredients we need to make Pan-Seared Tilefish. In the culinary world, we refer to this as “Mise en Place,” which simply means having “Everything in Its Place.” This practice not only speeds up the cooking process but also ensures you have everything you need at hand.
How to make Pan-Seared Tilefish
Now it’s time to turn these ingredients into a delicious dish! Follow these simple steps:
- Pat dry the fresh tilefish fillets with paper towels, then season both sides generously with sea salt and black pepper.
- Dredge the fillets in seasoned flour, ensuring both sides are coated.
- Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add one tablespoon of butter and one tablespoon of olive oil.
- Place the seasoned tilefish in the hot pan and sear each side for 3-4 minutes until golden brown with a slight crust.
- Transfer the seared tilefish to a baking dish, and add one ounce of white wine and one tablespoon of lemon juice.
- Bake the dish on the center rack of a preheated oven for 12-15 minutes, depending on the thickness of the fillets.
Pro tip: If you have a cast iron pan, it will give the fish an even better color during the searing process.
How to make Lemon Butter Sauce
To complement the pan-seared tilefish, let’s prepare a mouthwatering Lemon Butter Sauce. Here’s what you’ll need to do:
- Melt one tablespoon of butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add the shallots and cook for one minute.
- Pour in the chicken broth, white wine, and fresh lemon juice, and bring the mixture to a light boil. Then reduce the heat to medium-low.
- Take pieces of butter and roll them in flour, pushing the flour into the butter. The butter should be slightly soft.
- Add the flour-coated butter pieces to the saucepan and whisk gently to thicken the lemon butter sauce.
- Taste the sauce and add salt and pepper if needed. Finally, add the chopped Italian parsley and mix it into the sauce. Keep the sauce on the stovetop until it’s needed.
If you want to intensify the lemon flavor, consider adding a touch of lemon zest to the sauce. Alternatively, you can use lime juice instead. If you prefer a milder sauce, try adding ½ teaspoon of brown sugar while cooking the shallots to balance the tartness.
Now, sit back and indulge in the delightful flaky texture of the pan-seared tilefish. Its mild and moist flavor pairs perfectly with the tangy lemon butter sauce. Serve this delectable dish with your favorite vegetables, rice, or roasted potatoes. Don’t forget to garnish with lemon slices for added freshness.
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