Pan-Seared Fish Fillets

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  • 4 fish fillets (such as salmon, trout, or tilapia)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh parsley, chopped (for garnish)


  1. Start by patting the fish fillets dry with a paper towel. Season them with salt and pepper on both sides.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  3. Add the minced garlic to the skillet and sauté for 1 minute until it becomes fragrant.
  4. Carefully place the fish fillets in the skillet, skin side down if applicable. Cook them for about 3-4 minutes on each side until they turn a beautiful golden brown and are fully cooked through.
  5. While the fish is cooking, evenly sprinkle lemon zest over the fillets and drizzle fresh lemon juice on top.
  6. Once done, remove the pan-seared fish fillets from the skillet and garnish them with freshly chopped parsley.
  7. Serve the Pan-Seared Fish Fillets with your choice of sides, such as steamed vegetables, roasted potatoes, or a fresh salad. Enjoy the simplicity and deliciousness of this dish that allows the natural flavors of the fish to shine.

Prep Time: 5 minutes | Cooking Time: 10 minutes | Total Time: 15 minutes

Calories: Vary depending on the fish type | Servings: 4 servings

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