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Sautéed Halibut with Apple & Lemon Brown Butter Sauce

Author: Lorin Peters

Elevate sautéed fish with this citrus brown butter and sweet apple sauce. 
Elevate sautéed fish with this citrus brown butter and sweet apple sauce.


For the fish

  • 2 halibut filets, skin removed
  • 2 T canola oil
  • Kosher salt to season

For the sauce

  • 2 T unsalted butter
  • ½ cup small diced Envy apples or other apple variety
  • 1 T lemon juice
  • 1 tsp finely chopped parsley

Equipment needed

  • Medium/Large sauté pan
  • Metal spatula (the hard metal helps carefully get under the fish when it’s time to flip)


Generously season both sides of the fish filets with kosher salt

Heat a medium sauté pan over high heat and let heat for at least 30 seconds

Add 2 T canola oil to the pan and let warm for 10-15 seconds

Carefully add the fish filets to the hot oil and let sear on high for 1 minute

After 1 minute, turn down the heat to medium and allow the fish to gently cook for another 2 minutes

Using a spatula, carefully flip each filet and continue cooking over medium heat for another 2 minutes

Remove the fish from the pan and let rest on a paper towel lined plate to soak up excess oil

Drain the oil from the pan and return it to the heat

Add the butter and allow to melt and begin to brown (approx. 1 min)

Add the apples and allow to sauté for 1 more minute

Add the lemon juice and chopped parsley and stir, turn heat off

Plate the fish on a dinner plate and spoon the sauce over top